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Mount Vernon

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947 Reviews
Apr-Oct: 9am-5pm, Nov-March: 9am-4pm
3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, 22309

The Basics

Mount Vernon is commonly visited on a day trip tour from Washington DC, either by river cruise, group tour, or private tour. If visiting independently, be sure to book your tickets in advance to gain flexibility on your mansion tour time. A visit to the site is often combined with a tour of Old Town Alexandria or the Arlington National Cemetery. To truly appreciate how the Washingtons lived, join one of the regular on-site tours of the first two of the estate’s three floors (included in general admission). Guests should also head to Orientation Center for a 25-minute educational film, then visit the museum and education center to see popular George Washington artifacts including letters and his famous wooden teeth.

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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
$81.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour!
Joe was a great guide! He even warned us about upcoming bumps in the road! He made the drive there and back very enjoyable! Mount Vernon has been in my bucket list and. It did not disappoint! Highly recommend!
Heather_T, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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A reminder of how...
Phillip_S, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
A reminder of how enslaved people were the ones maintain the whole ability of the plantations ability to function. Even in Washigton's day, the cost of paying labor would have been astronomical. No Mount Vernon would ever have existed without slavery.
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Worthwhile trip
Robert_H, Aug 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat
The most memorable was the museum at Mount Vernon. The boat ride was beautiful and very interesting.
star-5
Enjoy the beauty of Mount Vernon.
Millie_L, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Highly recommend the Mount Vernon tour. The grounds were breathtaking and easy to understand why Washington wanted to retire there. Our tour guide, Joey was both personable and professional.
star-5
First Class Tour
Gina_T, Jun 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Kenneth is absolutely the best tour guide! Professional, personable, polite, and full of knowledge of Mount Vernon, President Washington, and the City of Alexandria. Highly recommend.
star-5
A must do while in DC!
Reed_G, Apr 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Ken was an amazing tour guide. Great knowledge about the area and about the Washington family and mount vernon. Also dropped us off at the restaurant we wanted to go to in old town Alexandria afterward. Went out of his way!
star-4
The best way to get to Mount Vernon!
Shari_S, Sep 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat
We had a beautiful tour on the Potomac Riverboat. It was comfortable, clean and had water and snack for purchase. The guides and captain were great! Our only complaint is that the sound system kept breaking out and we were unable to understand the guide.
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Excellent service and...
Veronica_S, Apr 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Excellent service and beautiful place. The food and shops were also great. Everything was clean and organized.
star-5
Great experience.
Jethro_W, Sep 2021
Full-Day Tour of Washington DC with Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We enjoyed our day very much. This tour was a great way to see D. C. In one day.
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Ride to Mt Vernon
Julie_F, Sep 2021
Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return
Our cruise on the way back was cancelled, so they upgraded is to the electric bike! The bikes were great made the ride on the way there in the rain much easier and the ride back super fun. The trail is great and marked well. We had a great time stopped on the way back and took in the views along the water.
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Great experience but need more time there
Emily_N, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
The tour of Washington’s home was amazing and seeing the church where he worshipped was also fantastic. My only critique was the time element. The tour needs to be AT LEAST one hour longer. I didn’t get to see everything at Mount Vernon due to the time constraints of the tour. Overall great but the tour definitely needs to be longer. PS. Two thumbs up for the tour guide, Joe!!
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The drivers were...
Victoria_M, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
The drivers were knowledgeable and provided a great tour, despite the Church being closed during the summer. Highly recommend!
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Lived up to expectations
mdct43, Sep 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria Half-Day Guided Tour from DC
Joe was a good driver and very knowledgeable Mt Vernon was as described I would have liked to spend more time in Alexandria

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It’s best to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes while exploring the grounds.

  • Free WiFi is available throughout the Mount Vernon estate, and the site’s downloadable app offers audio tours, a map, and even a scavenger hunt.

  • Photography is prohibited in the mansion, and all bags and containers must be smaller than 16x16x8 inches.

  • Fans of the ”National Treasure: Book of Secrets” film can take an hour-long tour highlighting historical details and settings employed in the onsite production of the blockbuster.

  • The off-site gristmill and distillery can be reached via a shuttle that runs regularly from April to October.

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How to Get There

Mount Vernon is located 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of Washington DC and just under 10 miles (15 kilometers) along the Potomac from Alexandria, Virginia. By road, cross the Memorial Bridge and take George Washington Memorial Parkway, which ends at Mount Vernon. By public transit, take the metro to Huntington Station and then connect to bus 101 for a 25-minute ride to the estate. Potomac cruises are also a leisurely and enjoyable arrival method—the Spirit of Mount Vernon departs from Pier 4 in downtown DC and the Potomac Riverboat Company docks in Old Town Alexandria.

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When to Get There

Though the site is open 365 days a year, it is busiest from March to June, September to October, and on holiday weekends, especially Presidents Day (George Washington’s birthday and an admission-free day).

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Visiting Mount Vernon in Winter

Offered from late November through December, special character-guided, candlelit evening tours of Mount Vernon highlight traditional festive holiday celebrations and draw huge crowds to the historic estate during an otherwise slow season. Purchase tickets well in advance to experience period dancing, 18th-century holiday traditions, and rooms lit by lantern light.

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