King Street named one of the ‘most charming main streets’

Musician King Street Sax performing on lower King Street in Old Town. Find out more at (Staff photo by James Cullum)

A new poll ranked Alexandria’s King Street as one of the best ‘main streets’ in America, though it got beat out by Alexandria’s travel destination rival.

The poll of 3,000 travelers by photo book site Mixbook put Alexandria’s King Street at #7 on the list of America’s Most Charming Main Streets.

According to the site, the street is:

A picturesque blend of historical charm and modern vibrancy, serving as the cultural and commercial heart of Old Town. This historic thoroughfare boasts a variety of boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center, all set against the backdrop of the Potomac River and cobblestone streets.

The number one main street was King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston often (and very unfairly) beats Alexandria in various travel destination lists.

As some have noted before: these kinds of rankings aren’t exactly scientific surveys and mostly serve as promotions for various sites, but there’s no denying the enduring appeal of King Street. In recent years, some of the blocks close to the waterfront have closed off into pedestrian zones. Though they’re a bit sparse at the moment, the city recently streamlined its planning process to accelerate improvements to those pedestrian zones.