Road Trip Guide to George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Summer road trips can create unforgettable memories for you and your family. This summer, take a historical road trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon with our road trip guide! Take some time to make our recommended stops for a fun learning experience.

Road Trip Map to George Washington's Mount Vernon

Road Trip Stops

Stop One: The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Just a quick 15-minute drive leads you to a National Historic Landmark in Alexandria, VA. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial museum features artifacts from Mount Vernon, including the Washington family Bible from 1792. The museum also features replicas of famous rooms, including the Alexandria-Washington lodge meeting room.  

Stop Two: Old Town Waterfront

The Old Town waterfront is on the Potomac River in Alexandria, VA. This area is known for boat cruises, local restaurants, and old architecture. Pull up to the waterfront along the Potomac River and grab some lunch along the water. We also recommend visiting the restaurants on the notorious Kings Street, known for cobblestone streets and old buildings. Afterward, stop at some local boutiques or book a 30-minute water taxi ride to view the entire Old Town skyline.

Stop Three: Gadsby’s Tavern

Gadsby’s Tavern is an 18th-century tavern that consists of two buildings built in 1785 and 1792. Why is this place so famous? Historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams frequently visited the tavern to dine and watch the arts. Take a self-guided tour during regular museum hours, Tuesday - Saturday 10-5 p.m. or Sunday and Monday 1-5 p.m.

Stop Four: River Farm

Head south on the George Washington Memorial for about 15 minutes to River Farm. The River Farm property was established in 1653. Today, the American Horticulture Society’s headquarters are located here. Soak up some nature and wander through meticulously designed meadows of flowers and plants, all coordinated by color, blooms, and texture. The grounds feature a set of historic gates from the White House that have been there for over 50 years.

Stop Five: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

The main stop on your road trip is the historic site of Mount Vernon. Step back in time by first visiting the mansion, which takes about 15-30 minutes. Then allow another hour to stroll the mansions outbuildings and grounds. Finally, end your tour by visiting George Washington’s tomb and the slave memorial burial ground.

Stop Six: George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill

Located about 3 miles west from the Mount Vernon estate, the distillery and Gristmill is must see and is included in your general admission. Watch the water powered mill where Washington’s grains were milled. Also, see how whiskey is still being made in the distillery. 

We hope you enjoy our road trip guide! If you need your vehicle serviced before the trip, visit our state-of-the-art auto repair service department. Our express service option (no appointment needed) can get you in and out quickly before your historical adventure. 

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