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Mount Vernon

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
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Great guide
Our guide was awesome. She is fluent in history and is an expert of the place. We arrived in perfect timing for the soldier switch performance
Pedro_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Great tour. Very knowledgeable
Joseph_B, Nov 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Kenneth Roberts did a great job. He was a volunteer at Mount Vernon and does a great job. Take his tour
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Not to be missed
RoyJ_B, Oct 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Visiting Mount Vernon should be a must for all who visit DC. The house is beautiful in an idyllic setting. The tour was well organized and gave us a good three hours to explore and included a tour of the house We also were driven around historic Alexandria and visited Washington’s Curch there Thoroughly recommend this tour
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Mount Vernon tour
MarthaPauly_B, Nov 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
We were visiting Washington DC with friends. This was a wonderful tour. Our driver, Joe, was very well informed and pleasant. Thanks for a great visit.
star-5
Very well organized, with...
Susan_P, Nov 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
Very well organized, with a personable , helpful and knowledgeable tour guide driver and guides inside the visitor center, mansion and grounds. A great experience!
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Mt Vern Rocks
Bobby_L, Nov 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Our host Joe was the best ,he was excellent in his presence and his explanations. I'd recommend the trip just on him alone. The views of the Potomac and the museum
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Bike tour
Andrea_D, Nov 2021
Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return
The E-bikes were awesome, my first time on one. The weather was great. The trail was excellent with two way traffic. Thank you
star-5
The whole visit was very...
Hashib_F, Nov 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
The whole visit was very nice. It was a walk down the history lane. The driver/guide was very knowledgeable and funny
star-5
Perfect tour, worth every Penny and minute.
Geoffrey_P, Oct 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Outstanding, second to none tour guide. Knowledgeable, friendly, tactful, helpful. Perfect! Loved the tour, venue, transport, ice water, courteous treatment. Local expert with equally excellent local expertise.
star-5
Educational and Fun
Monica_D, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour of Washington DC with Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria
Very informational and fun! It was nice being able to see so many sites and not have to fight traffic and walk all day. Our tour guide was very kind and helpful. He ensured everyone was taken care of and safe. We are so glad we decided to take the all day tour. It is something we will always remember fondly.
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Beautiful Mount Vernon
Norman_L, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Mount Vernon was beautiful with spectacular views. We enjoyed the guided tour of the mansion. The rest of Mount Vernon was at your own pace with a lot to cover. Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to visit the Education Center and watch the 4D movie. Our driver was wonderful and drove around Alexandria pointing out a few of the highlights as well as stopped at Christ Church where George Washington worshipped. Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great experience.
Jethro_W, Sep 2021
Full-Day Tour of Washington DC with Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We enjoyed our day very much. This tour was a great way to see D. C. In one day.
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Ride to Mt Vernon
Julie_F, Sep 2021
Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return
Our cruise on the way back was cancelled, so they upgraded is to the electric bike! The bikes were great made the ride on the way there in the rain much easier and the ride back super fun. The trail is great and marked well. We had a great time stopped on the way back and took in the views along the water.

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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