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

Mount Vernon Bike Trail: Independent Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise

On this independent bike tour from Old Town Alexandria, enjoy views of the Potomac River as you cycle along the scenic Mount Vernon Trail to historic Mount Vernon Estate, George Washington’s famous 18th-century home. Explore the stately mansion, gorgeous gardens and fascinating educational exhibits at your leisure, and hop back on your bike for your return trip or upgrade to relax on a narrated Potomac River cruise back to Alexandria. This is a fun, active and scenic way to experience Mount Vernon.


  • Independent bike tour of Mount Vernon
  • Cycle along the historic Mount Vernon Trail and enjoy views of the Potomac River
  • Explore beautiful Mount Vernon Estate at your own pace to see how George Washington lived
  • Admire stately 18th-century architecture, walk through the gardens, and browse fascinating historical exhibits
  • Upgrade to enjoy a relaxing, narrated Potomac River cruise
  • Option to come back to the shop next day to pick-up a bike rental for a second consecutive day at no extra cost

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What You Can Expect

Mount Vernon Bike Trail: Independent Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise

Self Guided Mount Vernon by Bike with Optional Boat Tour

When you pick up your bike at the bike shop in Old Town Alexandria between 10:30am and 11am, you'll be provided with a map and easy directions on how to get to Mount Vernon. Bikes come in all sizes so you can find the right fit for the tour, once you've chosen, you're ready to ride! Take in views of the Potomac River on your easy 9-mile (14.5-km) ride along the historic Mount Vernon Trail.

When you arrive at beautiful Mount Vernon Estate, George Washington’s famous home, lock up your bike outside the grounds and spend time at your leisure exploring this 18th-century National Historic Landmark, which once spanned 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and now features 500 preserved acres (202 hectares).

Walk through the restored mansion and admire the stately architecture and lavish décor, and spend time wandering through the lovely gardens. Visit the farm, browse fascinating historical exhibits at the Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and stop by Washington’s tomb, a memorial dedicated to the slaves who lived and worked on the estate.

Have lunch at the food court (own expense) before hopping on your bike and returning 9 miles (14.5 km) along the scenic Mt Vernon Trail, arriving at the bike shop in Old Town Alexandria by 5:45pm.

Upgrade: Potomac River Cruise
After exploring Mount Vernon Estate, head to the Mt Vernon dock at 4pm to board Miss Christin. Sit back and relax as you take a narrated boat cruise along the Potomac River back to Old Town Alexandria. You’ll arrive around 5:30pm. This option is ideal for those who'd prefer an easy 9-mile (14.5-km) one-way bike ride instead of the moderate 18-mile (29-km) round-trip ride.

Optional: Extended Bike Rental
Want more time to experience all that Mount Vernon has to offer? You can choose to extend your bike rental to a second consecutive day at no extra charge!

Customer Reviews

Laureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trail from Alexandria to Mount Vernon is really lovely. Most of it is shaded and fairly level. There are beautiful water views and the surrounding neighborhoods are all excellent. We parked the bikes when we arrived and ate in the dining room, which was surprisingly good. The gift shops and all the facilities at Mt. Vernon are top notch. After the tour we meandered down to the river and took the boat back to Alexandria where we had dinner. It was a perfect day.

Lisa Kate F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Due to weather issues we had to move the ride to July 5th and the guys from Bike and Roll were terrific about helping us with that and giving us directions to get to the starting point in Old Town Alexandria. Beautiful bike trails and the Mount Vernon tour was really interesting.

Garry D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Biked one way. Boated back. Peanut-chestnut soup and bread pudding at Mt Vernon restaurant were great complements to the tour. Three hours went quick at the estate.

Mark A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed the Tour. The bike trail was great and the tour of Mt. Vernon was very enjoyable.
The bike company was very helpful and attentive to our needs.
Thanks for a great time!

Cynthia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great bike trail along the Potomac - good bikes- we were able to go to the front of the tour line at Mt.Vernon with our passes. Liked everything about the tour. Alexandria is charming. Maybe could have had better directions for finding the bike sho originally- but smartphone got us there.

Brenda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Perhaps the funnest part of our trip! We had not biked in YEARS - it was a moderate trail but challenging at times. However, lots of laughs and such beautiful scenery along the Potomac. We truly enjoyed ourselves. I highly recommend! Take the cruise back to relax and enjoy the sights!! A+++


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Having biked most of the 200 or so kilometers of the Hawkes Bay (NZ) bike trails, which are wonderful, I have to say, this is my new favourite ride. We arrived early in Old Alexandria town so we were able to wander the beautiful cobbled streets and soak up the ambience of this lovely town before arriving at the Bike and Roll depot near the waterfront at 10 am. We were soon dispatched with our bikes and clear instructions and followed the track through the city and out into the beautiful Virginian countryside along the Potomac river. There were a few lumps (small hills) but our bikes dealt with them admirably. We travelled there in the middle of October so the fall colours were just showing through. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Mt Vernon but felt a little rushed as the ferry was not available and we had to bike back to be in time for the 5 o'clock closing (apparently it usually closes a bit later). The trip back was a little easier and just as spectacular.We travelled with our 23 year old son who enjoyed it just as much as we did and I would unreservedly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get a little exercise while sightseeing. I should mention there is a free trolley bus that travels up and down King Street from the train station, which we thankfully discovered on the way back.

Susan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Bike shop staff were extremely helpful in sizing the bikes for everyone in our group, making sure we all felt comfortable (including those who hadn't been on bicycles for decades), and provided very clear directions for our self-guided tour. The ride was challenging without being overwhelming, and Mt. Vernon was magnificent. I only wish we had had more time to explore - but that's only because we spent too much time enjoying lunch!

Joy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Wow! I have never rented a bike and had it so expertly fit to me. Even the helmet was sized for me! The trail was well marked and absolutely beautiful! It was a hot day, and I just wish we had started out a little earlier. We were very glad that we took the Potomac River Cruise option for coming back because of the heat. The cruise was relaxing however there was not much information given by the moderator on the cruise.

Tami b

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

It was a nice day but bike ride was more vigorous then we thought so by the time we got to Mount Vernon we were a little tired. We also thought it was a path along the river but you could only see the river in a few spots as it was mostly through wooded area. Mount Vernon was awesome and then the boat ride home was mostly like a water taxi.

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