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.

Tip: You can now get your admission tickets and book transportation to Mount Vernon at the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King St. in Old Town.

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Transportation and Tours from Old Town to Mount Vernon

In the summer, you can get from Old Town Alexandria to George Washington's Mount Vernon in even more convenient ways: by boat, bike, or bus!

On Saturdays and Sundays, take the Fleet Transportation shuttle bus to and from Mount Vernon. Check schedules and book your trip here!

Plus, see these bike and boat options:

And by car, Mount Vernon is just an 18-minute drive on the beautiful George Washington Memorial Parkway. If you didn't bring your own car, no worries. Learn about taxis and carshare services.