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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. Even your river cruise to Mount Vernon offers plentiful opportunities for sightseeing. Along the way, you'll pass by the moving Titanic Memorial, historic Fort Washington, and lots of picturesque restaurants and marinas dotting the waterfront. After a relaxing hour and a half spent soaking up these iconic sights from the water, 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 expert company of a Mount Vernon guide. According to George Washington himself, “no estate is more pleasantly seated than Mount Vernon” and we couldn’t agree more! 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/

Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: 15+ Experiences in DC

5. 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.

Alexandria: A Walk in Washington's Footsteps History Tour

6. Alexandria: A Walk in Washington's Footsteps History Tour

At 17 years old, George Washington fell in love with Alexandria. He ate, slept, danced, and worshipped in the small town, and eventually chose it as the site of the nation’s new capital. Join a seasoned Junket guide for a unique tour of Old Town Alexandria — the way Washington saw it. You’ll meet at Market Square, where the future president sold items from Mount Vernon and drilled soldiers during the French and Indian War. From there, you’ll wind through 13 other significant locations, unlocking a new story at each one. Visit the tavern where Washington threw an extravagant going away party before leaving to become president (there were 114 bottles of wine). Learn about 18th century medicine at a former apothecary, and snap photos of the president’s rebuilt townhome. By the time you reach the old Torpedo Factory Art Center, you’ll see both George Washington and the town he loved in an entirely new light. Get to know the nation’s first president in a way no history book can accomplish. Book a tour today!

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

7. 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.

Old Town Alexandria Tour: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Old Town Alexandria Tour: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Three-hundred years of history featuring George Washington, the first martyrs of the Civil War, and a sea captain with 29 children await you in Alexandria’s Old Town, one of the earliest port neighborhoods in North America. On this walking tour, I’ll show you where to find traces of this history, from Colonial America to the Civil War. Our tour starts in the heart of Alexandria at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, which is as old as the city itself, and still bustles on Saturday mornings. You’ll make your way to Gadsby’s Tavern, where George Washington ate and the staff still wear 18th-century costumes. I’ll also show you where America’s greatest president slept when he visited Alexandria, and where he worshiped at the nearby Christ Church. We’ll indulge in some more recent history too, including how the bloody fight for a Confederate flag gave each side of the Civil War its first martyr, outside Marshall House. On your way towards Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront, you’ll walk over the historical cobblestones of Captain’s Row, where millionaires now live in homes that were once owned by sea captains. As you make your way through this riverside port, you’ll see: • Spite House Alexandria, a property built to spite its neighbors • The mound where Confederate soldiers are buried in a mass grave • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, a former drug store that cured the ailments of the town’s residents for more than a century • An ice house where blocks from the nearby Potomac River cooled food during summer months • The charred bricks of Gazette House which was burnt down after it dared criticize “northern scum soldiers” for arresting a minister that wouldn’t pray for President Lincoln On this hour long tour, you’ll also: • Find out the location of a Nazi archive that held Germany’s secrets • Learn how John Carlyle’s House inspired the design of Mount Vernon • See where torpedoes were made during World War II • Hear how a banker’s wife hid a portion of the George Washington family fortune in her underwear drawer during a Union raid • Discover why Robert E. Lee’s church was spared from becoming a hospital during the Civil War Join award-winning Washington journalist and tour guide Rick Snider, who has walked this colonial port since the 1960s to discover the colorful tales of America, past and present. Old Town Alexandria is an oasis of history that reflects the nation’s struggles and successes. From colonial to current times, come see America grow.

Alexandria, VA: Bike Rentals

9. Alexandria, VA: Bike Rentals

Alexandria, Virginia is a city on the Potomac River, located just south of Washington, D.C. and known for its Old Town, consisting of brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Arrive at the office and get kitted out with all you need for your adventure, including a helmet, a color-coded map, a bike bag, and a bike lock. There is no better way to get up close and personal with all the great sites of Alexandria than riding a bike. The local partner's huge inventory of high quality bikes in a wide range of sizes ensure your comfort and safety. All equipment is maintained in-house by professional mechanics. The customer service staff can answer your questions about which type and size of bike is best for your needs, as well as offer tips on good trails, scenic routes, places to eat, and any other cycling info.

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What people are saying about Mount Vernon

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4.6 / 5

based on 376 reviews

So happy I booked this tour! I was a little worried Mt Vernon might be kind of a tourist trap, but it exceeded all my expectations, the grounds, the museum, the restraint, and the shopping was all top notch. The tour was a great value! By my calculation it would have cost me the same to get the entrance ticket and transportation on my own, and I would have missed meeting some great people in our tour and would have missed all the fascinating facts, history, and fun little tidbits our guide shared throughout the tour. The drive there was beautiful as well. I'd go back to Mount Vernon in a heartbeat, and wholeheartedly recommend this tour to any friends I knew were traveling to the DC area!

This wasn't a typical road trip where you're merely transported to your destination and told a few stories. The guide was exceptionally talkative, explaining the landscape and tourist attractions throughout the journey, with a few stops along the way. Once in Mount Vernon, he personally guided us through the area. It reminded me of old school field trips. Truly worthwhile!

Fantastic in depth tour. Sure, Mount Vernon can be easily visited on a self guided tour, but we got so much in depth information and had it presented in such organized fashion, it truly felt like a comprehensive experience. My tween - and I -learned so much about American history and George Washington’s legacy that I had never got during my previous visits to Mount Vernon.

Very good and very informative - Washington is worth a visit just because of the really great museums

Excellent tour with a very good and knowledgeable tour guide who went above and beyond