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  • Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Take a convenient half-day trip from Washington DC to Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington. Listen to your driver share historical facts and anecdotes about Washington's life on your way to Mount Vernon, and then explore the lovely and historic site on your own. See the stately mansion in which the first US president and his family lived, and walk around the expansive grounds on the shores of the Potomac River. You'll also drive through Old Town Alexandria and stop at Christ Church, where Washington worshipped.

Highlights

  • Half-day independent tour of Mount Vernon from Washington DC
  • Hear your driver share facts and stories about President George Washington on your way to his home
  • Explore the house and grounds of Mount Vernon at your leisure
  • Drive through Old Town Alexandria and see Christ Church, which Washington attended
  • See other DC area attractions including the Pentagon, Crystal City and Fort Washington

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

When you need a break from city sightseeing, escape to serene Mt Vernon on this tour. I suggest choosing a cooler day if you can, as there's a good bit to see outdoors.

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What You Can Expect

Independent Half-Day Trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria from Washington DC

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria

Your morning tour begins at Washington DC's Union Station, where you'll board your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel approximately 15 miles (24 km) to Mount Vernon, the elegant home of the first US president, George Washington.

Enjoy 3 hours of free time to explore this 500-acre (200-hectare) estate on the banks of the Potomac River that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour the beautifully restored formal rooms and bedchambers in Washington's mansion, and wander the grounds to admire the gardens; demonstration farm; and working blacksmith shop, distillery and gristmill. See artifacts, films and exhibits relating to Washington's life and legacy at the Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and pay your respects at Washington's tomb.

Afterward, drive through nearby Old Town Alexandria — Washington's adopted hometown — and make a photo stop at Christ Church, where he worshipped. Your tour also includes views of Fort Washington, the Crystal City neighborhood and the Pentagon. Return to Washington DC and conclude your 4-hour trip to Mount Vernon at Union Station.

Customer Reviews

Gary Pickett
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The trip was simply a must, a thirty or so minute coach journey, then into the estate, to see Washington's tomb, remembering the history of the man, just wonderful. The tour of the house he spent so many years living in, and being able to touch and use the very handrail and stairway he had used so many times in his life was an honor and a privilege. The gardens were filled with such colour, and staff were dressed in periodical dress, the blacksmith shop continues to operate, and produce goods to sell in the gift shop. It was a pleasure to step back in American history, to the days of such a great man. Don't let this trip pass you by!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Mount Vernon is a must see destination. Truly s special place. Tony was a fantastic guide.

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