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Mount Vernon

star-4.5
592 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

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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
$81.17 per adult
Great Tour
Great tour! Mount Vernon is beautiful and certainly worth seeing. The docents within the house are excellent ! Mr Bobby was interesting and informative. It was our second tour with him and great.
Haley, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
New Knowledge on Mt Vernon!!!
NancyM, Jun 2021
Half-Day Guided Tour of Alexandria & Mount Vernon from Washington 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!
star-5
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
Mount Vernon
John_B, Jun 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Mount Vernon was amazing, the tour guide was very polite. He gave us a bit of a history lesson and also pointed out things that we wouldn't have known about.
star-4
Good way to get to Mount Vernon
tamaralfischer, May 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
Joe gave us a very detail history lesson - very informative. Pick up/drop off at our hotel was a nice treat. The only negative is that we were not able to stop at the church as discussed on the way to Mount Vernon. Would recommend!! Thank you.
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
Mixed Review
Joanna_S, Jun 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
Our driver was knowledgeable and entertaining. My one complaint was that he told sexual jokes to the van that were inappropriate for my 12 year old granddaughter.
star-5
Our general
John_P, Jun 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Generals library, his tomb, bunkhouses, back view of potomac, loved seeing his flattened front lawn and gardens
star-5
Great trip
Robert_Q, Jun 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Mount Vernon was beautiful the history is rich and the museum is well laid out. Our driver was knowledgeable as well!
star-4
Amazing and cool
Gisele, Sep 2020
Mount Vernon Grounds Pass
The scenic view from the back of the mansion is just wonderful. Being able to see how people were living back in a days when GW was in charge is just amazing. Due to Covid19 we were not allowed to go pass the Mansion first floor for the tour. Nevertheless, the time spent there overall was greatly appreciate. Educationally worthed!
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Mt Vernon
Wanderer25642669432, Jul 2019
Mount Vernon Grounds Pass
Wonderful. Clean, will staffed, staff friendly and helpful. Rest rooms were clean and available. Museum was wonderful. The best part is a foundation keeps the place going and not the government. Yeah! Also, for those on the road, they do provide a place to put your valuables.
star-4
Not a good value; make sure all areas are open!
Carrie_C, Apr 2021
Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon
Looking for the opportunity to tour the mansion - the add-on tickets were sold out for our preferred day - I booked this tour. Pricey for just 3 of us but since none of us have been out in the past year and limited time to visit, we plunged in. It wasn’t much different than the regular tour except we got a quick walk through the basement (not part of the regular tour). The 2nd floor was closed due to unexpected issues. Would I recommend this 1 hour tour? No. Just didn’t feel a bang for the bucks. But for our purposes and feeling a bit frivolous, it met our needs. The tour leader is one of the Mt Vernon tour staff and was very knowledgeable. Maybe once all areas are open then maybe I’d give it 4 stars.

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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