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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Alexandria, United States
Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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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
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Bike rental
Narrated Potomac River cruise (if option selected)
Equipment for kids of all sizes and ages
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

421 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Please enter the coffee shop, and we will be around the corner.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your Mt. Vernon independent bike tour 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 is perfect for all levels.

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. Arrive in Old Town Alexandria in the evening to return your bike.

Potomac River Cruise Upgrade: Travelers can opt for a scenic river cruise on the Miss Christin after exploring Mount Vernon Estate. Meet your boat 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 one-way rather than round-trip.
Stop At:  
Unlimited Biking
Pick up your bike between 10:30 - 11am. Staff will greet you, provide you with waiver, fit you to your bike, and discuss your route and day.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Potomac River
Ride along and enjoy views of the Potomac River. Route is relatively flat with a few rolling hills. Ride is approximately 10 miles to Mount Vernon (about a 1 hour ride). You may go direct or take your time and stop and see various sites, such as Jones Point Light House.
Pass By:  
Jones Point Lighthouse
See Jones Point Lighthouse as you make your way to Mount Vernon.
Stop At:  
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Admission to the estate and mansion tour are included in your experience.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Potomac Riverboat Company
If option is selected, your return will be via a ride on the Miss Cristin courtesy of the Potomac Riverboat Company.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Unlimited Biking
If you select the option to ride back versus taking the Miss Cristin, you will return your bike and end your experience at Bike and Roll DC, Alexandria.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Unlimited Biking
You may pick up from this location to start your ride if you would like!
Pass By:  
Mount Vernon
Explore Mount Vernon, learn about the history and take photos!
Pass By:  
Explore Old Town, Alexandria, learn about the history and take photos!
Pass By:  
Washington DC
Explore Washington DC, learn about the history and take photos!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Tours may be canceled if the weather makes for dangerous riding conditions
  • Trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available for children not old enough or comfortable on their own bike
  • To ride in a trailer carriage, the child needs to be able to hold up his or her head and wear a helmet
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bike and Roll DC
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Bike tour
, Nov 2021
The E-bikes were awesome, my first time on one. The weather was great. The trail was excellent with two way traffic. Thank you
Ride to Mt Vernon
, Sep 2021
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.
Friendly and Efficient
Robert H
, Jun 2019
We were able to get in and out quickly and efficiently. The friendly girl that was forced to handle the opening crush all by herself was the model of patience as she tried to help a difficult and self-centered customer. The bikes were in good working condition and her directions to the Mount Vernon Trail were easy to follow.
The bike trail was beautiful...
, Aug 2018
The bike trail was beautiful! However, the instructions about what to do with the bikes once we reached Mount Vernon was not clearly explained if you choose to do the River Cruise you must leave your bikes parkedlocked at the location - at least this is what we did...?. Also, the cruise was great but it felt a bit too long/dragged out after our day of cycling exploring Mount Vernon.
This was a great trip, the guys in...
Jennifer L
, Sep 2017
This was a great trip, the guys in the store were all ready for us, got us set up and on our way very quickly. The day was perfect weather and it is such a lovely ride plus the added bonus of actually seeing Mt Vernon. The cycling was very easy as the majority is relatively flat with only a few small sections with a hill. We took the boat trip back for some different views of the area. All in all a fantastic day and I would thoroughly recommend it.
5 stars for the Trail. 0 stars for...
Victoria D
, Aug 2017
5 stars for the Trail. 0 stars for the bikes. Trail is great, beautiful. Mount Vernon was impressive and very interesting. The bikes were TERRIBLE! Maintenance would be a good idea guys! Gears shift if you hit a bump, and don't shift when you try shift them. NO water bottle holders on the women's bikes, had to put my water in the worn out bag thing on the handle bars. Which it bounced out of. Ended up having to hold my water bottle in my hand while riding. Definitely would do the trail again.ON MY OWN BIKE!
We loved this tour even in the...
Ken A
, Aug 2017
We loved this tour even in the rain.The bike ride is self guides but easy to follow. 9 miles. There are some hills that can be challenging if you are not a regular rider. Mt. Vernon was super cool and the people that worked there so knowledgeable. We took the ferry back and again enjoyed.
There are some hills the last mile...
greg h
, Sep 2016
There are some hills the last mile. Loved the boat trip back.
Brought our 12, 11, 9, and 5 year...
Rachel F
, Sep 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.
Encountered friendly fellow...
, Jul 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.

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