There is so much to see and do in Washington, D.C. that many visitors miss seeing Old Town Alexandria, Virginia just ten minutes away from Washington. Abundant with charm, Alexandria is a terrific place to stay for a long weekend. Along the scenic waterfront, there are restaurants, a path for walking or biking, and the Torpedo Factory. A converted factory, this is a huge space devoted to artisans of all kinds. There are painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, people who work with fabric and virtually any kind of creative talent imaginable.