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  • Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Hours: Apr - Aug 8am - 5pm. Mar, Sept, and Oct 9am - 5pm. Nov - Feb 9am - 4pm
  • Admission: Adults: US$15, Seniors(ages 62+): US$14, Youth(6-11yrs): US$7

A visit to George Washington's Virginia home, Mount Vernon, is an easy escape from Washington D.C. – one that the president himself enjoyed. It's also a journey through history: the country estate of this quintessential gentleman has been meticulously restored and affords a glimpse of rural gentility from a time long gone.

On the Potomac banks, the 19-room mansion displays George and Martha's colonial tastes, while the outbuildings and slave quarters show what was needed for the functioning of the estate. George and Martha are both buried here, as requested by the first president in his will.

The modern Ford Orientation Center is a must-see on the grounds. It features a 20-minute film that shows Washington's courage under fire, including his pivotal crossing of the Delaware River. Another highlight is the sleek Reynolds Museum and Education Center, home to galleries and theaters, which provide more insight into Washington's life.

Practical Info

Mount Vernon is 18 miles (29 km) south of Washington D.C. If you're driving, cross the Memorial Bridge and take George Washington Memorial Parkway, which ends at Mount Vernon. You can also take the cruise ship Spirit of Mount Vernon, which departs from Pier 4 in downtown D.C.

If you have time, visit George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, 3 miles (5 km) south of Mount Vernon. The museum has exhibits, a film on Washington's whiskey, and actors in period costumes demonstrating how it works.

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Washington DC Supersaver: Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Take a full-day tour from Washington DC to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, two of Virginia’s most popular attractions! On this great-value day ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 Reviews

Learn about the life of George Washington, first president of the United States, on this guided tour of Mount Vernon, Washington’s home of more than 40 years. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 132 Reviews

Seeking an activity in Washington DC that offers culture, history, sightseeing and a lot of fun, all in one package? This round-trip cruise from Washington DC ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.91

Mt Vernon Independent Bike Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

On this independent bike tour from Old Town Alexandria, enjoy views of the Potomac River as you cycle along the scenic Mt Vernon Trail to historic Mt Vernon ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $48.00

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