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George Washington's Mount Vernon

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From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

1. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Discover the historic Old Town Alexandria on a guided day trip from Washington. Ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate, the former residence of George Washington. Enjoy pickup in a luxurious, climate-controlled vehicle while your guide explains the significance of some of the city’s most recognizable monuments. A short drive brings you to the candy-colored architecture of Alexandria, where you can take a tour of some monuments notable to the former president – including the Masonic Temple and Christ Church. Arguably the birthplace of the city itself, George Washington’s former estate is located just 13 miles from the capital’s center. Then, go for an in-depth foray through the mansion, with entrance tickets to the grounds and gardens included. Interactive, historic reenactments bring the founding father’s story to life, while a guided tour of the building helps shine a light on his fascinating story. Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. Explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  Take some time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court if you like, then learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theater where it actually snows. After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

Washington, DC: Mt. Vernon Day Trip with Ferry and Breakfast

2. Washington, DC: Mt. Vernon Day Trip with Ferry and Breakfast

Arrive at the wharf where you’ll meet your expert guide, ready to take you on the ferry. You’ll be the first to board, giving you access to the best seats in the house before your guide introduces you to the area and the sights you’re about to see. After a relaxing hour and a half spent soaking up these iconic sights from the water—and enjoying a light breakfast—you’ll arrive at the Mount Vernon ready to continue your exploration. For the most comprehensive tour of the estate and grounds possible, you'll be in the capable hands of your expert Walks guide. According to George Washington himself, “no estate is more pleasantly seated than Mount Vernon” and you'll soon see just what he meant! Your first stop will be the estate’s farm, where Mount Vernon produced food, textiles and more. This was only possible because Mount Vernon, like most of the country’s estates during the time, was run by enslaved persons. You’ll gain an insight into their life on the farm, seeing where they lived, slept, ate, and the forms of resistance they took against the estate owners. Next, you’ll get your first view of Mount Vernon's stately mansion. Get an up-close view of areas like the blacksmith’s shop, the overseer's quarters and the greenhouse (which Washington built himself!). Admire the family portraits adorning the walls, explore George Washington’s private study, and lay your eyes on the bed where he died. Continuing your tour outside, discover the story behind the "haha wall" and the fruit garden where Washington experimented with various produce. Despite reserving a crypt for him in Washington DC, George Washington told Congress he wished instead to be laid to rest at Mount Vernon. See the Old Tomb where he and Martha were buried until 1831 when the new tomb was built. Their final resting place makes for a thoughtful conclusion to your visit. By the end of your tour, you’ll make your way back to the ferry to enjoy the scenic cruise back to the nation's capital. A picnic lunch will be available on the boat for purchase or your guide can provide recommendations on where to eat back in DC. By the end of the tour, you'll have incredible insight into America’s most prolific founding father and be better able to reflect on the man behind the legend.

Alexandria: Full-Day Bike Tour to Mt Vernon w/ Optional Boat

3. Alexandria: Full-Day Bike Tour to Mt Vernon w/ Optional Boat

Beginning in Alexandria VA, enjoy a full-day bike ride to and from Mount Vernon on the banks of the Potomac River, or rest your legs on the return journey and travel by boat to the Wharf in Washington DC. Meet in Old Town Alexandria to pick -up your bike, helmet and map. Then, cycle along the wooded and well-marked Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Spend the day self-exploring the grounds with the aid of an audio tour. See Washington’s gardens, outbuildings, and the working historic farm. Visit the final resting place of George and Martha Washington. Learn about the lives of those who were enslaved at Mount Vernon. Watch the American Revolution come to life in the 4-D theater. If you wish to visit the Mansion interior, which has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy, you will need to purchase an additional timed ticket for $2 (link to be found on the voucher). Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Bring your own food or grab a bite at the Food Court located on the grounds which offers many options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the go, including: salads, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, and fresh-baked cookies. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to cruise down the Potomac River by boat to the Wharf, Washington DC. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide to Washington DC. Just lock your bike outside the estate for the local operator to pick up.

Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

4. Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

The easy-to-use Sightseeing Day Pass is the easiest way to see the best of D.C. Select 1, 2, or 3 day duration, and take advantage of full admission to the experiences that interest you the most, saving you up to 60% on total visitation costs. Stand in awe at the iconic landscape of Washington D.C. and witness the splendor of the revolutionaries who defined the United States. Tour through the landmarked capital and see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Admire the visionary architecture of D.C. and take a selfie from the top of the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, as you pass by the United States Capitol Building, the scenic National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Washington National Cathedral. Attractions: • George Washington’s Mount Vernon • Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Discover Tour • Potomac Riverboat Round Trip Water Taxi • Artechouse DC Walking & Bike Tours: • Unlimited Biking - Capital Sites Bike Tour • Unlimited Biking - Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour • Unlimited Biking - All day Bike Rental Special Discounts: • Bloomingdale's • Bounce Luggage Storage/

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon Bus & Walking Tour

5. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon Bus & Walking Tour

Your journey will begin from the heart of Washington DC. Enjoy the sights as you venture to Mount Vernon via Old Town Alexandria. Once you arrive, you will get a unique visit to Mt Vernon Estate, the home of George Washington. Once at Mt Vernon, enjoy a narrated tour full of historical facts around the framed landmark. See the 18th & 19th century buildings of Alexandria, including the Masonic Memorial dedicated to the president. Learn all about Washington's life with reenactments of historical life. The tour will complete with transportation back to Washington, DC.

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

6. Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Discover the most popular historical sites of Alexandria during this half or full-day outing with a local guide. Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Pohick Church, and the US Army Museum on this private tour with entry tickets. Start your day with a 20-minute drive along the Potomac River on the George Washington Parkway. Once you arrive, enjoy a 4-hour tour of the Mount Vernon mansion and grounds including the many outbuildings and gardens, George Washington's tomb, museum, and education center. Throughout the day learn from your guide, a former Mount Vernon history interpreter who lives on land formerly a part of the estate and who is an avid student of George Washington and colonial history. Half-day tours will return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of its colonial homes and sites. Full-day tours may choose to visit George Washington's working grist mill and distillery, George Mason's Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, and Pohick Church. Don't miss the exciting new Museum of The US Army with amazing artifacts from America's wars since 1775. Witness landing craft from D-Day, a representation of the trenches in World War I, a Sherman tank from World War II, drones from Afghanistan, and a gallery of art painted by soldiers. Return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of one of colonial America's most important ports.

Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: 15+ Experiences in DC

7. Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: 15+ Experiences in DC

The easy-to-use Sightseeing Flex Pass is the easiest way to see the best of D.C. Select 1, 2, or 4 attractions, and take advantage of full admission to the experiences that interest you the most, saving you up to 60% on total visitation costs.  Stand in awe at the iconic landscape of Washington D.C. and witness the splendor of the revolutionaries who defined the United States. Tour through the landmarked capital and see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  Admire the visionary architecture of D.C. and take a selfie from the top of the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, as you pass by the United States Capitol Building, the scenic National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Washington National Cathedral. Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/washington-dc/flex-pass/attraction-list/ota.

From Washington DC: Half Day Trip to Mount Vernon with Guide

8. From Washington DC: Half Day Trip to Mount Vernon with Guide

Your journey will begin from the heart of Washington DC. Enjoy the sights as you venture to Mount Vernon via Old Town Alexandria. Once you arrive, you will get a unique visit to Mt Vernon Estate, the home of George Washington. Once at Mt Vernon, enjoy a narrated tour full of historical facts around the framed landmark. See the 18th & 19th century buildings of Alexandria, including the Masonic Memorial dedicated to the president. Learn all about Washington's life with reenactments of historical life. The tour will complete with transportation back to Washington, DC.

Washington DC: Private Day Tour of Mount Vernon & Alexandria

9. Washington DC: Private Day Tour of Mount Vernon & Alexandria

Explore Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria on this private, in-depth day tour. Choose a departure time that suits your preference and have your expert guide pick you up in a stylish SUV. On this tour, you'll explore the rich history of Mount Vernon, a captivating historical gem just 16 miles south of the city, famously known as the former residence of the first President of the USA, George Washington. Nestled amidst breathtaking gardens overlooking the majestic Potomac River, this exquisite estate is a haven for history enthusiasts eager to delve into Washington's fascinating life. Immerse yourself in the past as you tour the meticulously restored main house, resplendent in its original 18th-century glory. The journey unfolds with tales of the enslaved community, exploration of the vibrant farm and gardens, and encounters with the 16-sided barn, live animals, a working blacksmith, the wharf, the wilderness trail, and the tomb holding Washington's remains. This unique experience fosters a deep understanding of civics, democracy, and the foundations of the United States government while providing captivating views from a private luxury vehicle.

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We had an awesome tour! Our guide Joey was amazing and a wealth of information. We got more info from her than the actual people that were working Mount Vernon! You'd be lucky to be on any tour she's hosting! Antonio our driver was also excellent. The ride was smooth as butter and he got us to and from safely. Thank you both for a great tour! 10/10 would recommend!

Joey was an outstanding guide. Gave us a lot of good information about Mount Vernon (our tour), other sites, the city as a whole and tips on things to do/places to go. Really enjoyed our 5 hours with her. Antonio was also a great driver - very safe and smooth. Great way to spend a day!

I paid for a day tour AND a cruise but only got the day tour and no one told me until we got off the bus and I was looking where I go to catch the cruise. Someone has followed up and I will find the itinerary ticket and send it.

Love this tour!! Our tour guide Terry was very nice,, helpful and informative as well as our driver Mr Parker who was an excellent driver and very lively person . We really enjoyed it!!

Our tour was outstanding. Deon was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable. The bus was very comfortable and the tour lasted the exact time it was advertised for.