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From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

1. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

2. 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.

Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

3. Old Town Alexandria: DC Monument River Cruise to Georgetown

Avoid the traffic and see Washington DC from the Potomac River on this cruise from Alexandria's Old Town to Georgetown. Choose from a tour with or without a return trip. View sights from the water like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorial and the Washington Monument. Arrive at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront and simply hop onto the comfortable boat. Sit back and relax on a cruise to Georgetown, one of the district's most historic and fashionable neighborhoods. Make the most of your day and choose either a one-way cruise and return to Old Town Alexandria on your own, or choose a convenient round-trip cruise with 2 hours to explore Georgetown.  Visit Georgetown's historic streets and alleyways, quaint cafes, and high-end boutiques.

Mount Vernon: Full-Day Bike and Optional Boat Tour

4. Mount Vernon: Full-Day Bike and Optional Boat Tour

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. Meet in the Old Town of Alexandria to pick-up your bike and helmet. Then, cycle along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Lock your bike outside the estate for tour staff to pick up. Then, spend the day self-exploring the grounds and mansion house. The mansion’s interior has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy. Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Take time for lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gardens and farm. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to return by boat. Climb aboard the Miss Christin for the 2:00 PM departure from Mount Vernon’s dock. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide back to Alexandria's Old Town.

From DC: Virginia Wine Country Tour with Tastings

5. From DC: Virginia Wine Country Tour with Tastings

Step away from the big city crowds to spend a relaxed day in the countryside. Join this guided tour departing from Washington DC and travel to two traditional vineyards in the state of Virginia. Learn about the history and production process of each site, and taste their delicious wines. Board a van and take in the views as you leave behind the tall buildings of the city and drive into the lush countryside of Virginia. Visit two wineries, where you'll learn about the local history of wine production and tour their facilities to acquire a better understanding of winemaking. Enjoy fascinating guided tastings and snacks at both locations, with the possibility to purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry.

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.

DC: Private Day Trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate

7. DC: Private Day Trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate

Enjoy a private full-day tour from Washington DC to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the beautiful estate and plantation of America’s founding father with a knowledgeable guide. Situated on a hill overlooking the nearby town of Charlottesville, Monticello radiates Jefferson’s personality. Walk through the home, designed by Jefferson himself, taking in the views of fruit and vegetable gardens and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Following your visit to the Monticello estate, enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern (meal not included with purchase). Relax on the return journey to Washington DC, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Alexandria: Old Town E-Bike Rental

8. Alexandria: Old Town E-Bike Rental

Explore the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia, by pedaling around town on a state-of-the-art E-bike. Discover its famous Old Town, with brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th and 19th-century buildings. Begin your adventure by picking up your e-bike at the rental booth. A helmet, bike lock, map, and all necessary safety equipment will be provided to you to ensure a safe ride around town. When you are ready, hop on your bike and set off. There is no better way to get up close and personal with all the great sites of Alexandria. Riding at your own pace, you can stop at your leisure to take in the sights around you. Choose between a 2-hour, 4-hour, or a full-day rental. No matter what your schedule is, you can fit in a ride and see the sights. Admire historic landmarks and beautiful city views as you cycle around town with ease. You must be at least 16 years old to rent an electric bike.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Richmond

9. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Richmond

Looking for a way to turn downtown Richmond into a giant game board? Participate in this scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Richmond. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in Capitol Square and explores the historic monuments and interesting highlights while unraveling clues to the hidden games. Your Quest continues through the city discovering unique art, monuments and other hidden gems of this great city. The tour requires approximately 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometers) of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants or explore the city murals… why not, it’s your schedule! Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of interest include: • State Capitol • Old City Hall • George Washington Monument • Bell Tower • Tidewater Connection Locks • Riverfront walk

From Washington, DC: Virginia Wine Country Private Day-Trip

10. From Washington, DC: Virginia Wine Country Private Day-Trip

Take pleasure in a complementary hotel pick up (within DC city limits) and transfer to the wineries in Loudoun County, Virginia. Hotel pick-up is at 10:00 AM with approximately an hour's drive to the wineries. Enjoy complimentary individual bottled water and light snacks along the way as you travel in the comfort of a luxurious SUV with a multi-lingual chauffeur. Select three of six wineries for your tour: Doukénie Winery, Sunset Hills and Bluemont Wineries in Purcelville or Fabbiolli Cellars, Hidden Brook and Tarara Winery in Leesburg.  Upon arrival at each winery, their team will provide you with a tour of the winery. Wine tastings are often available for an additional fee. This experience will last roughly nine hours. To wrap up, you will be dropped off at your DC location around 07:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Virginia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 103 reviews

For a minute won the trip was fantastic. Our Driver/guide, Robert was cheerful extremely knowledgeable and presented his information clearly and often with humor. He was very kind and made all of us feel important and was concerned that we enjoy ourselves. Definitely an asset to the company. The tour itself was wonderful. Enjoyed Mount Vernon very much! Definitely worth the trip. Wear comfortable shoes. If it’s sunny bring an umbrella and or a fan and hat. Walking around the grounds was very warm but the house is air-conditioned which was very comfortable. Beautiful extensive grounds so take your time and enjoy it especially the gardens.

Ken showed our family a wonderful time on our private Mt Vernon tour. He was very knowledgeable and explained and showed us things we would have never known or seen if we were on our own. He even showed us sights in downtown Alexandria and gave us recommendations to have lunch at, which we did, and it was amazing. I would highly recommend this VIP tour if you were planning a trip in the near future.

Lovely water taxi ride to Mt. Vernon. Beautiful scenery with an informational narrative as you make your way to Mt. Vernon. Our ticket said it did not include entrance to the mansion, but it did. Well worth the money.

The experience was great. We were picked up and taken to Mt Vernon. Ken was great and shared many facts about it with us. He walked at our pace. Great opportunity for you and your family. Go for it!!!

Fantastic day out! Our guide to Monticello was Dion who was helpful, knowledgeable, very funny and told great stories.  We had a great day with Dion at Monticello.