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A Sultry Saturday in Old Town

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Looks like a cloudy Saturday with rain in the offing, but that shouldn't get in the way of a morning walk! Let's meet by the King Street Metro Station and check out what's going on in Old Town.

The route: From the bike rack across Diagonal Road from King Street Station parking lot, we’ll walk southeast past the statue of the Edmondson Sisters to Duke Street, east for a block, and then south along Hooff’s Run to the north boundary of Alexandria National Cemetery at Jamieson Avenue. From there we’ll work our way east through Old Town to the waterfront, passing the site of the old O&A Railroad Roundhouse and going through Wilkes Street Tunnel (of course) along the way. From there we’ll walk upstream along the Potomac waterfront parks to Tidelock Park, where we’ll turn back south along the Mount Vernon Trail and Fairfax Street to King Street, for a break by the fountain by the Town Hall and the Ramsay House. From there it’s back west along King Street all the way to our starting point, with an eye out for possible lunch spots along our way.

The walk is 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is paved throughout and fairly level.

A Google map of the route is here:

How to get there:

• Metro: King Street Station is on the Blue and Yellow Lines.

• Driving: From I-395, take VA-7 / King Street east about 2.8 miles. Take the first right after passing under the railroad (Daingerfield Street), and an immediate right onto Diagonal Road. From US-1 / Richmond Highway, follow King Street west 0.5 miles, take a sharp left onto Daingerfield, and the first right onto Diagonal Road. There is some free Saturday parallel parking in the area, especially along streets a block north of King Street and beyond.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). The forecast is cloudy, a high of 78 degrees, and a 70% chance of showers with possible thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Knowing Old Town, it will probably be a pretty sultry day if there's no breezes and the possible showers don't develop. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the Torpedo Factory and the Ramsay House (Alexandria Visitor Center) along our way. Before the walk, there’s a Starbuck’s northeast of the station for a beverage and a pit stop. After the walk, Joe Theismann's is handy for lunch if we don't spot something else along the way.