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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.


  • 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

Your Mt Vernon independent bike tour with optional Potomac River Cruise kicks off mid-morning departure from an Old Town Alexandria bike shop. Use the provided map to navigate on two wheels through scenic paths to historic Mount Vernon. This easy ride tops out at 9-miles (14.5 km) and is perfect for all levels.

You’ll arrive at George Washington’s famed estate and enjoy time to explore at your leisure after locking up your bikes. Marvel at the décor of this 18th-century landmark, and enjoy historical exhibits at the Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Take time to wander the grounds, which once covered some 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and pay a visit to Washington’s tomb.

This morning of activity is sure to work up an appetite, so tuck into lunch at the Mount Vernon Estate food court (own expense) before making the journey back to Alexandria on the Mt Vernon Trail. You’ll arrive in Old Town Alexandria by 5:45 p.m. to return your bike.

Upgrade: Potomac River Cruise
Travelers can opt for a scenic river cruise on the Miss Christin after exploring Mount Vernon Estate. Meet your boat at 4pm at the Mt Vernon dock and take in the sights on this relaxing river ride on the Potomac River. This optional upgrade is perfect for travelers who prefer to bike 9 miles (14.5 km) instead of 18 miles. (29 km).

Optional: Extended Bike Rental
Travelers who want the freedom of a longer stay at Mount Vernon can extend their bike rental for a second day at no charge with this popular tour option.

Customer Reviews

greg h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

There are some hills the last mile. Loved the boat trip back.

Rachel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Brought our 12, 11, 9, and 5 year old on this bike tour. Some of the hills were a bit hard to do when going uphill dragging a 60 lb kid on a bike attached to mine but going down was better then any roller coaster. Plenty of water fountain and benches along the trail made it very manageable and fun. You should be in relatively good shape though to do this. Old Town Alexandria is beautiful to just walk around in. Good deal for your money considering entrance to George Washingtons plantation is 20 a head. Overall we had an incredible experience.

Martin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very well organised - well done


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Encountered friendly fellow bicyclists on a hilly, but doable trail. Water stops along the way. Leafy trail. The history at Mount Vernon was palpable. Bike pick up and drop from was easy. The Potomac River Cruise was a perfect end to a hot, yet enjoyable day.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trail was excellent! It was so nice to have a well-maintained trail that is off the road and family-friendly. Mount Vernon was very interesting and informative. It was unfortunate that the mansion was under renovation on the outside so we didn't get to take good pictures, but they need to do the work sometime. We used the second-day option to ride up to Arlington National Cemetery...what a great trip both days.

Connie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this trip. A beautiful day for a bike ride to Mt Vernon. The self guided tour of grounds was fun and Potomac cruise on way back informative and very relaxing.

Kimberly P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great. The scenery on the bike ride was beautiful. The ride is all trail and pretty easy except the last quarter mile into Mt Vernon is one big hill. I ended up walking the bike to the top. Mt Vernon was good to see. I recommend the boat ride back to Alexandria and dinner in town.

john g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

the whole thing was so great I can not stop talking about it. Clear directions, Val, our bike renter was incredible and so helpful. The ride is beautiful and ending with a cruise up the Potomac was the best. The guides on the boat clearly love what they do and shared their knowledge of the wildlife and history of the river. Would do it again in a heartbeat and am telling everyone I know to give it a go.

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.

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