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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.


Location
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon 22309, USA
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Hours: Apr-Oct: 9am-5pm, Nov-March: 9am-4pm
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Admission: Adults: US$20, Seniors(ages 62+): US$19, Youth(6-11yrs): US$10
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Mount Vernon Admission Ticket

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Day Trip to Mount Vernon from Washington DC

Mt Vernon is one of America's most historic and important sights, and this 4.5 hour Mt. Vernon 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
  • Duration: 3 hours
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 4-hour, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon

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, guided, 1-hour 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. Then take part in a special wreath laying at Washington’s tomb, if desired, to complete this memorable tour. Flat rate applies for groups of 1 - 10 travelers.
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Mount Vernon Bike Trail: Independent Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise

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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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Washington DC Explorer Pass

The Washington DC Explorer Pass gives you an easy and affordable way to experience the best of the national capital. Good for 30 days after your first use, this multi-attraction pass provides entry to your choice of three attractions or activities at one price. An included guidebook helps you make the most of your time in the city. Select from 10 popular experiences, including Mount Vernon, the Crime Museum, a riverboat cruise with prime views of DC monuments and a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
  • Duration: 1 to 30 days
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Best of DC, Virginia in a Day and DC After Dark Combo

See the highlights of Washington DC in a single day on a full-day experience that includes a guided tour of the city, and an evening tour of the monuments that light up after dark. Take in a series of key government buildings, tour the White House Visitor Center, see memorials, and visit two of the Smithsonian Museums. This 10-hour tour begins and ends at centrally-located Union Station.
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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Independent Half-Day Trip to Mount Vernon from Washington DC

Avoid the hassle of navigating on your own with an easy, half-day trip to Mount Vernon, the former estate of George Washington. Unlike most inflexible day tours, enjoy free time to explore the grounds at your own pace (admission ticket included). After wandering through highlights such as Washington’s mansion, distillery, and gravesite, relax on the return trip to Washington DC.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Best of DC and Virginia Day Tour

Driving tour with some of the best and most knowledgeable tour guides around. You will see all the top spots in DC & VA including the White House, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery and many more! While on the coach you will be able to take in the memorials in D.C., including Washington Monument, Grant Memorial to name a couple. Plus the best part is you have the opportunity to take incredible photos that will last a lifetime!
  • Duration: 9 hours
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