US Coast Guard Navigation Center Alexandria
7323 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA 20598
In Alexandria, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 88°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 96°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 72°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 29°F and high of 44°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from April 26 to August 25, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on July 14.
The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from August 25 to April 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 20.
Cost of Living
The cost of living index for Alexandria, VA is 151. That puts it 40% higher than the average of Virginia and 51% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Alexandria, VA, the price of goods and services are 9% higher than the average of Virginia as well as 9% higher than the nation’s average.
Getting to Know the Area
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Also voted one of the South’s ‘Prettiest Cities 2018’ by Southern Living. Alexandria is a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital accessible by water taxis, Metrorail, bike share and more. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic site museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street – a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Enjoy a walkable downtown lined with beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture.
Centuries-old architecture, brick-lined streets, cobblestone alleys and a canopy of twinkling lights during the holidays make strolling King Street the #1 thing to do in Alexandria. Explore dozens of independently owned restaurants and boutiques or take a ride on the free King Street Trolley.
As a historic port city and a hub for the Potomac Riverboat Company, Alexandria is the launching point for 6 sightseeing cruises and water taxis – boarding at Old Town’s bustling marina – featuring street performers and outdoor dining. See D.C. landmarks on the narrated Monuments Tour from Alexandria or take the water taxi into D.C. with stops at Georgetown, The Wharf and Diamond Teague, which offers access to Nationals Park and Audi Field. You can also cruise to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and National Harbor.
Experience early American history where it happened at Alexandria’s intimate historic site museums. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum which hosted George Washington and the first five U.S. presidents. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum – a historic pharmacy founded in 1792 and the Carlyle House, a Georgian manor built in 1753 by one of Alexandria’s city founders.
Located in a former World War II torpedo factory, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. Guests can visit 82 artists’ studios featuring a variety of media including painting, ceramics, jewelry and printmaking, plus seven galleries, two workshops, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Check the Torpedo Factory calendar for special happenings like late night events, live music and new exhibit openings.
Alexandria is a foodie destination with more than 25 new restaurants opening last year and a culinary scene highlighted in USA Today. Enjoy independent and chef-driven restaurants in a can’t-beat historic atmosphere with many Old Town restaurants located in centuries-old historic buildings. Dine at Old Town hot spots Virtue Feed & Grain, an American tavern located in an 1800s feed house, or Columbia Firehouse – home to the Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company of the late 1800s.
Browse one-of-a-kind finds in the Shop Small destination of the D.C. region. Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 100 independently owned boutiques – all in a walkable mile centered around King Street. From designer shoes to exquisite vintage cocktail ware to home decor – shopping in Alexandria is an experience with in-store activities like “yarn tastings,” trunk shows and DIY workshops.
Held Saturday mornings year-round for more than 260 years, the Old Town Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuously-run farmers market in the U.S. In fact, George Washington even sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold here. Named by Brit+Co as one of the top 25 food markets around the world to visit at least once in your life, vendors today sell fruits and vegetables, cheeses, breads, pastries, fresh cut flowers, art and more.
Enjoy stunning views of the Potomac River while you dine al fresco at Alexandria’s waterfront restaurants. Hummingbird by James Beard nominee chef Cathal Armstrong is the latest hot spot offering clambakes, crab boils and oyster roasts. Nearby at Vola’s Dockside Grill enjoy fresh shucked oysters, crab cakes, and New England or Carolina low country steamer pails. There are plenty of riverside restaurants to choose from, including mainstays Blackwall Hitch and Chart House.
As George Washington’s adopted hometown, Alexandria has more than 140 locations associated with the nation’s first president. For the quintessential experience, head eight miles south of Old Town to George Washington’s Mount Vernon – accessible by boat, bike and/or car. Explore the mansion, lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, the distillery and gristmill. Put yourself in Washington’s shoes through a new immersive experience, “Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead.”