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Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon—the former Virginia home and final resting place of George and Martha Washington—is a carefully restored National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Potomac River. The site is comprised of a 21-room, white-brick mansion, a 23-gallery museum, a four-acre farm, and elaborate gardens featuring fruit trees and a red-brick greenhouse. Visitors can experience Washington’s waterwheel gristmill and learn about the long-held tradition of distilling small-batch rye whiskey onsite. A world away from the hustle and bustle of Washington DC’s action, George Washington’s Mount Vernon continues to transport visitors to a regal but rural retreat for American colonial gentility.

The Basics
Mount Vernon is commonly visited on a day trip tour from Washington DC, either by river cruise, group tour, or private tour. If visiting independently, be sure to book your tickets in advance to gain flexibility on your mansion tour time. A visit to the site is often combined with a tour of Old Town Alexandria or the Arlington National Cemetery. To truly appreciate how the Washingtons lived, join one of the regular on-site tours of the first two of the estate’s three floors (included in general admission). Guests should also head to Orientation Center for a 25-minute educational film, then visit the museum and education center to see popular George Washington artifacts including letters and his famous wooden teeth.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s best to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes while exploring the grounds.
  • Free WiFi is available throughout the Mount Vernon estate, and the site’s downloadable app offers audio tours, a map, and even a scavenger hunt.    
  • Photography is prohibited in the mansion, and all bags and containers must be smaller than 16x16x8 inches.
  • Fans of the ”National Treasure: Book of Secrets” film can take an hour-long tour highlighting historical details and settings employed in the onsite production of the blockbuster.
  • The off-site gristmill and distillery can be reached via a shuttle that runs regularly from April to October.

How to Get There
Mount Vernon is located 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of Washington DC and just under 10 miles (15 kilometers) along the Potomac from Alexandria, Virginia. By road, cross the Memorial Bridge and take George Washington Memorial Parkway, which ends at Mount Vernon. By public transit, take the metro to Huntington Station and then connect to bus 101 for a 25-minute ride to the estate. Potomac cruises are also a leisurely and enjoyable arrival method—the Spirit of Mount Vernon departs from Pier 4 in downtown DC and the Potomac Riverboat Company docks in Old Town Alexandria.

When to Get There
Though the site is open 365 days a year, it is busiest from March to June, September to October, and on holiday weekends, especially Presidents Day (George Washington’s birthday and an admission-free day).

Visiting Mount Vernon in Winter
Offered from late November through December, special character-guided, candlelit evening tours of Mount Vernon highlight traditional festive holiday celebrations and draw huge crowds to the historic estate during an otherwise slow season. Purchase tickets well in advance to experience period dancing, 18th-century holiday traditions, and rooms lit by lantern light.


Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon 22309, USA
Hours: Apr-Oct: 9am-5pm, Nov-March: 9am-4pm
Admission: Adults: US$20, Seniors(ages 62+): US$19, Youth(6-11yrs): US$10
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George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill Tour at Mount VernonAttraction Tickets

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill Tour at Mount Vernon

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Visit George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill—an outpost of Mount Vernon—for a guided tour of the historical site. Take a guided 45-minute tour of the first American President's whiskey distillery and the adjacent Gristmill, where flour and cornmeal were produced. Your guide shares the history of the mill and distillery, which continues to produce George Washington's Rye Whiskey—the official state spirit of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Great for whiskey enthusiasts and history buffs. The sites are open from April 1 through October 31.
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Mount Vernon Admission Ticket

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Experience American history firsthand with a ticket to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s elegant home on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington DC. Explore the manicured grounds and the beautifully restored interior of the President’s mansion and get a glimpse of his daily work and life in his study and private rooms. Learn the stories behind the remarkable estate at the Orientation Center, then visit the 5-acre experimental farm; from April through October, admission includes entry to the onsite gristmill and whiskey distillery.
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Day Trip to Mount Vernon from Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Day Trip to Mount Vernon from Washington DC

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Mt. Vernon is one of America's most historic and important sights, and this tour takes you right to the heart of the country estate that President George Washington called home. From Washington DC you'll cross the Potomac and enter the state of Virginia, and seemingly travel back in time as you wander the 18th Century mansion's spectacular rooms and gardens. In the comfort of a luxurious, climate controlled coach you'll also visit the boyhood home of General Robert E Lee, as well old town Alexandria where Washington worshiped and dined.
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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount VernonDay Cruises

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

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Travel to George Washington's popular plantation home in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites for this private, guided cruise and tour. Travel along the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, a National Historic Landmark. Learn about Washington’s life as a founding father and first president of the United States. Explore his home of more than 40 years, including the 21-room mansion, the Colonial-era buildings, the beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill and the museum and education center.
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DCDay Trips

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Explore some of the most famous landmark locations around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites. Learn about his life and tour his home of more than 40 years. Then enjoy a guided bus trip around Old Town Alexandria. See the many historic 17th- and 18th-century homes, hear colorful stories about this founding father and discover little known facts about all the monuments, statues and buildings in the area.
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Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria TourDay Trips

Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

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The home of the first president, first in war, first in peace, and the man of integrity and honor. Tour conducted by world-renowned archaeologist and historian Dr. Yohannes Zeleke.
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Old Town, Alexandria and Mount Vernon TourHalf-day Tours

Old Town, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Tour

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Take a break from the city without the hassle of navigating on your own on a guided day trip to Mount Vernon and Old Alexandria. No need to plan logistics: Admission tickets and tour of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate are reserved for you. Afterwards, explore Old Alexandria with a guide, who ensures you see points of historical interest that are often unmarked and missed by visitors.
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise ReturnDay Trips

Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
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Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation home in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites for this private tour. Learn about his life as a founding father and first president of the United States. Explore his home of more than 40 years, including the 21-room mansion, the Colonial-era buildings, the beautiful gardens, a working distillery and gristmill, and the museum and education center.
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DCDay Trips

Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC

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Visit George Washington’s historic home and estate with a 6-hour tour of Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C. Get a glimpse of the President’s life and work as you explore an elegant mansion furnished with period antiques and Washington’s personal belongings. Browse education exhibits at the onsite museum, and visit the tomb where George and Martha Washington were buried. Learn about the legacy of slavery at Mount Vernon in the slaves’ quarters, then tour the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds before returning to D.C.
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Private Mount Vernon Tour

Discover George Washington’s home and estate guided by a Veteran and trained military historian. Experience the plantation and mansion house at your own pace. Transit to and from Washington in a private luxury SUV.
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George Washington's Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery TourDay Trips

George Washington's Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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A captivating day filled with American history. Tour includes visits to Old Town Alexandria, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and Arlington National Cemetery. Dating back to the early 1700s, Old Town Alexandria played a significant role in early American history and was the adopted hometown of George Washington. George Washington's Mount Vernon entrance includes a host of colonial-era buildings, beautiful gardens, and a museum and visitor center. Arlington National Cemetery entrance an interpretative tour with stops near the Kennedy gravesites and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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Up to five guests are picked up in a luxury SUV at Alexandria, Arlington, or National Harbor hotels or at metro stops for a private tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and/or other nearby historic sites. Tours are tailored to the guests individual interests, preferences, and endurance.
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Explore the most famous landmark locations in and around Washington, DC on this guided, 2-day sightseeing tour. Visit popular attractions like the White House Visitor Center, the United States Capitol and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to name just a few. Then travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation in Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard. Along the way, hear colorful stories and learn little known facts about all the monuments, statues, buildings and locations in and around DC.
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Our professional tour guide will accompany your party to all of the major sites at Mount Vernon & Arlington National Cemetery as well.
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What are Mount Vernon hours of operation?
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Mount Vernon hours of operation: Apr-Oct: 9am-5pm, Nov-March: 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Mount Vernon tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mount Vernon can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 21 Mount Vernon tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Mount Vernon 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mount Vernon costs USD 6.00. Guided Mount Vernon tours start around USD 6.00 per person. See all 21 Mount Vernon tickets and tours on Viator.
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