George Washington's Mount Vernon

Visit George Washington's Home and Adopted Hometown

As George Washington's adopted hometown, Alexandria is a "best of" when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation's first president. Only eight miles south of Alexandria lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington's Mount Vernon, the general's former home which, bedecked in holiday decorations and festive celebrations, continues bustling centuries later.

Since its time as one of Alexandria's central hubs for commerce and productivity, George Washington's former estate has been transformed into a museum filled with documents and ephemera once belonging to some of the key players in American history. Today, visitors tour the meticulously-preserved grounds, viewing Washington's farm, gardens and even his final resting place, discovering life in colonial America first hand.

George Washington's Mount Vernon reveals a unique picture of Alexandria and our first president's role in shaping the United States, only a short distance from favorite Old Town hotels, restaurants and shopping.

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Audio Tours by Geotourist

Enjoy a self-guided audio tour in English, French, German or Mandarin right on your smartphone. Simply download the Geotourist app on the Apple or Google app stores to access the tour.

Buy 1 Get 9 Free with Presidents Passport

Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon as part of the "Presidents Passport" program, Virginia's premier presidential trail, and experience his historic estate and bustling hometown as the first president once did. Further along the trail are Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Madison's Montpelier, both meticulously-preserved estates whose surrounding countryside and neighboring city of Charlottesville maintain the same spirit present during the colonial era. Also when registering on the "Presidents Passport" website, visitors gain insider information and exclusive savings to more than 50 of Alexandria and Charlottesville's top restaurants and attractions.

As an added bonus to this year's Presidents Passport program, visitors to the Alexandria Visitors Center at 221 King St. can take part in a Buy 1 Get 9 Free offer! By showing or purchasing one ticket to any of the three presidential estates, the visitor will, upon request, receive a free Alexandria's "Key to the City" pass, which grants access into nine historic sites and museums in Alexandria - a $26 added value!

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Transportation and Tours from Old Town to Mount Vernon

Events at Mount Vernon