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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 Vernon

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 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.
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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.
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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.
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Day Cruises

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

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 Tour

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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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat

Cruise on the Potomac River to Mount Vernon on this day trip from Alexandria. Listen to informative narration on board the boat, and then take a self-guided tour of George and Martha Washington's estate. Admission is included.
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Mount Vernon Bike Trail: Independent Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise

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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 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 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.
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Private Mount Vernon and Arlington Cemetery Tour

Experience George Washington’s home and Arlington National Cemetery on a private tour. Comfortable round-trip transportation from your hotel allows you to visit a number of points of interest, without the hassle of car rental. There’s no risk of going hungry with a light breakfast and lunch at Mount Vernon included. Enjoy immersive guided visits at each stop on your itinerary, with ample opportunity to ask questions and take photos.
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