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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
Traveler Favorite
Awesome experience!
Very informative and educational. Loved our guide, and loved Mt Vernon! Everyone was so nice and did a great job on the tour of the house. Would highly recommend!!
Trish_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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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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Beautiful Mount Vernon
Annette_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.
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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
Awesome experience!
Trish_P, Oct 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Very informative and educational. Loved our guide, and loved Mt Vernon! Everyone was so nice and did a great job on the tour of the house. Would highly recommend!!
star-4
Easy trip to Mt. Vernon.
Kristin_G, Oct 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Easy way to experience Mt. Vernon. Our driver, Joe, was knowledgeable about the area and made the trip fun. I wish we had more time at Mt. Vernon; we were unable to explore all the grounds and the museum due to the short amount of time we were there, approximately 3 hours.
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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Cousins trip
Beverly_L, Oct 2021
Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon
Ken’s knowledge of the out buildings and gardens was outstanding. He also was flexible with us about the extra time we wanted at different sites. We enjoyed the museum and would love to go back to it. Thanks!!
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Had a great time! Timings...
Astrid_S, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Had a great time! Timings were perfect, just the right amount of time to get to experience Mount Vernon. Nice historic info about Alexandria, very friendly guide
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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.
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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The drivers were...
Victoria_M, Sep 2021
Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
The drivers were knowledgeable and provided a great tour, despite the Church being closed during the summer. Highly recommend!
star-4
Lived up to expectations
mdct43, Sep 2021
George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria Half-Day Guided Tour from DC
Joe was a good driver and very knowledgeable Mt Vernon was as described I would have liked to spend more time in Alexandria

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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