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Mount Vernon

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660 Reviews
Apr-Oct: 9am-5pm, Nov-March: 9am-4pm
3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, 22309

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.

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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
$81.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Mt Vernon tour
Visiting the mansion and walking through the beautiful gardens was so worth it! Also, the view of the Potomac River was fascinating!
Ricardo_D, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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New Knowledge on Mt Vernon!!!
NancyM, Jun 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria Half-Day Guided Tour from DC
Mount Vernon was such an interesting place to visit. I learned so many NEW tidbits of knowledge about George Washington and his life. Mr Ali , tour guide, is an expert on history!
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Mount Vernon
Schaefer001, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Our guide Joe was amazing! He was knowledgeable and funny. We had three hours at Mount Vernon. It was the perfect amount of time.
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First Class Tour
Gina_T, Jun 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Kenneth is absolutely the best tour guide! Professional, personable, polite, and full of knowledge of Mount Vernon, President Washington, and the City of Alexandria. Highly recommend.
star-5
A must do while in DC!
Reed_G, Apr 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Ken was an amazing tour guide. Great knowledge about the area and about the Washington family and mount vernon. Also dropped us off at the restaurant we wanted to go to in old town Alexandria afterward. Went out of his way!
star-5
Excellent service and...
Veronica_S, Apr 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Excellent service and beautiful place. The food and shops were also great. Everything was clean and organized.
star-4
It was nice
Yvonne_L, Jul 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat
When I booked the time to leave the dock was 9:30. No text was sent to tell us it was changed to 10:05. We arrived at 9:10 and had to wait almost an hour. Someone found an email that was buried. Why didn’t you just text us.
star-5
Great day trip, clean transport & awesome driver.
Ali_K, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
This was a wonderful experience. The bus driver was awesome and kept us amused the whole ride there & back. The organization was on point for gavdibg out the tickets & explaining the process etc Really enjoyed everything at Mount Vernon.
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My Vernon
Nancy_E, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
A another hour at Mt Vernon should be added to this excursion. Not enough time. Our driver was awesome!
star-5
Nice experience
Lucy_T, Jul 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria Half-Day Guided Tour from DC
Beautiful grounds/property. The slave memorial was touching and erie at the same time. The museum theater was a nice touch. The artifacts including GW teeth were awesome to see.
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A must
Denis_O, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Friendly staff, picked up on time. Museum provides headphones along the tour, beautiful and well maintain estate.
star-4
Definitely the way to go to Mt. Vernon
Mark_R, Jul 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat
Nice trip and friendly crew. Landing at Mt. Vernon was close to the home and visitor center (just over 1/4 mile walk or free shuttle). Only negative was the confusion on the house tour. It is not included with the boat ride and general admission to the grounds. Upon arrival we found the ticketing booth at the main entrance and they furnished us timed entry tickets for no extra charge. It would have been good if crew could have provided this information ahead of time.
star-5
Great day trip!
Lucas-R, Jul 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
Joe was an amazing tour guide and I learned a lot about George Washington. Way more fun than school (I just finished 6th grade).

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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