1. Old Town Alexandria
What is it? A historic waterfront district with red-brick sidewalks and an exciting independent scene, it’s the perfect mix of old and new.
Why go? The ideal weekend break, this picture-perfect town may have been founded in 1749, but its cobblestone streets are filled with new creations. Strolling is the only way to enjoy a place like this, so wander from magical apothecary museums to the tiny seven-foot-wide Spite House to the boutiques of the King Street Mile, all with a liquid-nitrogen ice cream in hand.