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Washington DC Colonial Sites

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Although Washington DC itself isn’t home to many colonial structures, there’s plenty within reach of the US capital that dates back to the period between the 1600s and 1775 (the beginning of the American Revolution). Outside the city, history lovers will find an abundance of sites and attractions that provide a glimpse at America’s earliest days. Here are a few options.
 
What to See
  • Colonial Williamsburg — At this National Historic Landmark District, located in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, colonial America comes to life through the 17th- and 18th-century architecture, period costumes, and more. 
  • Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria — The 18th-century vacation home that once belonged to George Washington, the first US President, sits just south of Alexandria, a riverside city whose historic Old Town dates back to 1749. 
  • Old Stone House — The oldest building in Washington DC, which dates back to 1765, still stands on its original foundation. Today it’s run by the National Park Service. 
  • Belair Mansion — This estate, built in the mid-1700s, is located outside Bowie, Maryland, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
 
How to Visit
  • Take an overnight trip to Colonial Williamsburg, located 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Washington DC, to best experience this living museum, which is known for its ambitious historical reenactments.
  • Book a Potomac River boat tour that stops at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where you can explore the grounds and buildings, and Old Town Alexandria.
  • In Georgetown, one of Washington DC’s toniest neighborhoods, be sure to stop by Old Stone House, the oldest building in the city. 
  • Take a half-day trip to Belair Mansion, just 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of the city, to view colonial architecture and artifacts.

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Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour via Enclosed Coach

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Get an in-depth experience of colonial America and the Revolutionary War when you delve into Colonial Williamsburg's interactive world. Visit colonial-era ...  Read more

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

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

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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour, Washington DC, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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See the very best of Washington DC in one day! Aboard a state-of-the-art, luxury 30-passenger coach for a narrated 6-hour tour, see the White House, the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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Join this Guided open-air, London style Double-Decker bus tour that allows you to see America's Capital City when she's at her most beautiful: by twilight! On ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

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Join us on our 6.5-hour excursion cruise to the infamous Mount Vernon Estate. Your boat tour starts off with a narrated ride up the scenic Potomac River taking ...  Read more

Location: Mount Vernon, United States
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

From USD $54.14
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Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

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