Alexandria named No. 1 US travel destination

Diners enjoy an outdoor meal on King Street in Old Town, Alexandria. (Courtesy K Summerer for Visit Alexandria)

WASHINGTON — Alexandria, Virginia, beat out the home of Disneyland, one of Florida’s premiere beach resort towns and the City of Brotherly Love to be named the No. 1 travel destination in the U.S., according to Money magazine.

The magazine, which said it picked spots that deliver the highest value for the dollar, said the top 10 destinations are places where “quality, cost, and value come together to provide a terrific travel experience.”

The magazine cited Alexandria’s historic charm and proximity to D.C.

The average cost for two people to spend a week in Alexandria is $2,540, the magazine said. The average airfare to Reagan National Airport is $303, according to data from Kayak.com. And the average cost of a night at a hotel is $140, according to Hotels.com. That’s only about half what visitors pay for a night in a hotel in downtown D.C., according to Money.

The magazine also highlighted the city’s dining scene; boutiques and galleries, such as the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and performance venues, such as the Birchmere Music Hall.

The top 10 U.S. travel destinations:

  1. Alexandria, Virginia
  2. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  3. Stateline, Nevada
  4. Glen Arbor, Michigan
  5. Pompano Beach, Florida
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Anaheim, California
  8. Lake George, New York
  9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The No. 1 international destination was Tokyo, followed by Rome and Mérida, Mexico.

Money is published by Time Inc.

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