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From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

1. From Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Sightseeing River Cruise

Experience a great American adventure on this boat trip to the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Enjoy a round-trip cruise from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon, including entrance to the estate of George and Martha Washington. Start your tour with a fully narrated cruise down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. Tour the gardens and grounds of this national historical landmark and learn the history of one of the country's most important leaders. Spend 3 full hours at the estate viewing the gardens, strolling the many trails, visiting the farm, and stopping by the many restaurants and shops, on a tour that allows you to travel back in history to the time of colonial America.

From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

2. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

Visit the colorful and historic Old Town Alexandria and the former home of George Washington on this unmissable private tour of the two!\. Walk in the footsteps of Washington with this sensational five-hour excursion from the capital. Enjoy pickup in a luxurious, climate-controlled vehicle while your guide explains the significance of some of the city’s most recognizable monuments. A short drive brings you to the candy-colored architecture of Alexandria, where you can take a tour of some monuments notable to the former president – including the Masonic Temple and Christ Church. Arguably the birthplace of the city itself, George Washington’s former estate is located just 13 miles from the capital’s center. Then, go for an in-depth foray through the mansion, with entrance tickets to the grounds and gardens included. Interactive, historic reenactments bring the founding father’s story to life, while a guided tour of the building helps shine a light on his fascinating story. Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. Explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided, to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  Take some time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court if you like, then learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theatre where it actually snows. After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

3. Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

Tour through the landmarked capital and see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Pay homage to those who gave their service and lives at the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.   Try your hand at espionage at the International Spy Museum, ride the Spirit Cruise up the river to George Washington’s landmarked and historic Mount Vernon Farm. Stand in awe at the iconic landscape of Washington D.C. and witness the splendor of the revolutionaries who defined the United States.   Take advantage of D.C.’s immersive nature with an Urban Adventure walking tour or a Bike and Roll DC bicycle rental. Admire the visionary architecture of D.C. and take a selfie from the top of the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, as you pass by the United States Capitol Building, the scenic National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Washington National Cathedral. Attractions: • George Washington’s Mount Vernon • International Spy Museum (Limited capacity, entry subject to availability) • Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Classic Ticket or Night Tour • Spirit of Mount Vernon Cruise • Spirit Cruises One Day Water Taxi Unlimited Pass Walking & Bike Tours: • Urban Adventures - Museum of American History Through Music • Urban Adventures - Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour • Urban Adventures - Smithsonian American Art Adventure • Bike and Roll DC - 3 hour Bike Rental Special Discounts: • Buca di Beppo - $15 toward lunch or dinner • Bounce Luggage Storage

Colonial Williamsburg: Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Colonial Williamsburg: Self-Guided Walking Tour

On this self-guided walking tour where an app is your guide, narrator, and map all in one, explore Colonial Williamsburg, a beautifully restored colonial town full of actors living out the lives of 18th-century Americans. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Your tour begins at Colonial Williamsburg’s visitor center just north of the town center. As you walk south, you’ll learn about the earliest residents of Williamsburg and the Native Americans who called this place home when the first European settlers arrived. The first major landmark you’ll arrive at is the Peyton Randolph House, a gorgeous home dating back to 1715. Its former owner was a key revolutionary figure, though you might not have heard about him in school. Next, arrive at the Fife and Drum Building, where you’ll learn about the importance these simple instruments had during battles. If you’re lucky, you may also catch a performance of Colonial Williamsburg’s very own fife and drum band as they march through town. Continuing onward, hear about the origins of the Colonial Williamsburg museum project, including how America’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, bankrolled the whole thing. Afterward, you’ll see the Public Gaol, a grim prison that once held prisoners incarcerated for everything from petty theft to murder. It even held But would you Blackbeard’s pirate crew while they waited to be executed. Up next is Bassett Hall, the lavish estate where Rockefeller lived while overseeing the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Then, it’s on to the old Capitol Building, where Virginia once declared independence from Britain, just 4 days before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The next stop is Raleigh Tavern. During the 1700s, this tavern’s unassuming facade hid secret revolutionary meetings within. Next, come to the Williamsburg Magazine, an old munitions storehouse. Learn the dramatic tale of a standoff between British troops and Williamsburg residents on the eve of the revolution. As you make your way to the Play House Stage, a recreation of one of the country’s oldest theaters, you’ll hear a few spooky stories about ghost sightings that have taken place throughout Williamsburg. After that, you’ll reach the Governor’s Palace, where Virginia’s Royal Governor ruled over the people of this state, that is until he was forced to flee in the dead of night. Then, see two of the town’s most historic structures: the George Wythe House and the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. The George Wythe House was home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a staunch abolitionist. Bruton Parish Episcopal Church predates the town itself and is the whole reason for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Finally, make your way to the historic campus of the College of William & Mary, the nation’s second-oldest university. Finish your tour by seeing one of Williamsburg’s oldest and most impressive buildings and learning a little about the college’s controversial history.

Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

5. Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

Enjoy a full-day bike ride to and from Mount Vernon on the banks of the Potomac River, or rest your legs on the return journey and travel by boat! Meet in the Old Town of Alexandria to pick-up your bike and helmet. Then, cycle along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Lock your bike outside the estate for tour staff to pick up. Then, spend the day self-exploring the grounds and mansion house. The mansion’s interior has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy. Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Take time for lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gardens and farm. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to return by boat. Climb aboard the Miss Christin for the 2:00 PM departure from Mount Vernon’s dock. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide back to Alexandria's Old Town.

Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

6. Alexandria: Private Tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon

Discover the most popular historical sites of Alexandria during this half or full-day outing with a local guide. Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Pohick Church, and the US Army Museum on this private tour with entry tickets. Start your day with a 20-minute drive along the Potomac River on the George Washington Parkway. Once you arrive, enjoy a 4-hour tour of the Mount Vernon mansion and grounds including the many outbuildings and gardens, George Washington's tomb, museum, and education center. Throughout the day learn from your guide, a former Mount Vernon history interpreter who lives on land formerly a part of the estate and who is an avid student of George Washington and colonial history. Half-day tours will return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of its colonial homes and sites. Full-day tours may choose to visit George Washington's working grist mill and distillery, George Mason's Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, and Pohick Church. Don't miss the exciting new Museum of The US Army with amazing artifacts from America's wars since 1775. Witness landing craft from D-Day, a representation of the trenches in World War I, a Sherman tank from World War II, drones from Afghanistan, and a gallery of art painted by soldiers. Return to Old Town Alexandria for a driving tour of one of colonial America's most important ports.

Norfolk: Passport to Fun City Sightseeing & Discount Card

7. Norfolk: Passport to Fun City Sightseeing & Discount Card

Experience the best of Norfolk, Virginia with the Passport to Fun. With these specially-issued passes, you can explore Norfolk's Battleship Wisconsin, known as the world’s largest and last battleship. Marvel at maritime science and history at the Nauticus Museum, uncovering the power of the sea. Step inside the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and discover the history of the United States Navy in Coastal Virginia.  Go wild at the Virginia Zoo and see tigers, lions, and bears. Explore and learn about different habitats and the way that animals live in the wild. Then end your adventure outdoors experiencing 150 acres with over 20 themed gardens at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Don’t miss out on great discounts for harbor cruises, food tours, shopping, attractions and much more such as discounts.

From Washington DC: Day Trip to Luray Caverns

8. From Washington DC: Day Trip to Luray Caverns

Start your day with being picked up at your accommodation in Washington DC. Enjoy the ride in a luxury SUV or sprinter van through Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley. Arrive at the Luray Caverns, one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to a guided tour through the Caverns, you will also be able to explore the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. See classic cars from around the world including an 1897 Mercedes-Benz and a 1925 Rolls-Royce. Roll up your sleeves as you mine for gold and other gems at the Gem Sluice geology experience. Opt to have lunch in the on-site cafeteria or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Get lost in the Garden Maze or strap on a harness to tackle the heights in the Rope Adventure Park. After a day of adventure, drive back to DC.

Williamsburg: Jamestown & American Revolution Museum Ticket

9. Williamsburg: Jamestown & American Revolution Museum Ticket

Benefit from access to the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with a combo ticket. See two living-history museums that tell the story of America’s beginnings. Discover the real people and events of America’s first permanent English colony, and the American Revolution which lead to the establishment of a new nation almost two centuries later. Explore immersive, artifact-filled exhibition galleries with 4-D experiential theaters. Take part in hands-on activities and living-history demonstrations in outdoor re-created settings to learn about life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Jamestown Settlement: Learn about the early 17th-century English colonists at the Jamestown Settlement through a combination of film, gallery exhibits, and outdoor living history. Discover more about the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans, and Africans who converged in 17th-century Virginia. Trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Get a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the American Revolution at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Begin your visit in the 170-seat museum theater, “Liberty Fever,” which takes you into the world of Revolutionary America, setting the stage for the indoor gallery and outdoor living-history experiences. Enjoy an introductory film narrated by an early 19th-century storyteller who traveled the country gathering stories about the American Revolution and shares his accounts using a moving panorama presentation of the time period. Explore the 22,000-square-foot permanent exhibition galleries which portray the tumult, drama, and promise of the Revolution through period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits, and short films. Discover a Continental Army encampment which represents a portion of an American regiment. See faithful recreations of soldiers' living quarters, surgeon's tents, and an artillery demonstration era. Make your way to a Revolution-era farm which with a replica of a typical farm house, kitchen, and tobacco barn. See the new building representing quarters for enslaved people, along with the crop fields, a corncrib, and orchard.

Williamsburg: Private Walking Tour Ideal for US Tourists

10. Williamsburg: Private Walking Tour Ideal for US Tourists

Visit the most charming locations in Williamsburg on a private tour led by a local guide and discover the premier center for the preservation of American colonial history. The restoration of Williamsburg to its original colonial state began in 1926. Today, Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area houses preserved and restored buildings, 88 of which are originals. Explore this city while hearing fascinating facts about its past. Learn about local lore and hidden stories as you wander through the largest outdoor living museum in the United States.  

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The boat ride on the Potomac River was very scenic. I get motion sick, so I sat on the top outdoor deck. The speakers were not working, so I heard none of the narration. One suggestion would be the time of the mansion tour should be on the email.

This was a great family day trip. The boat ride was relaxing and there was a drink/snack/bar menu available to purchase for snacks/light fare. The grounds at Mount Vernon are well kept-beautiful views and staff are knowledgeable and informative.

We had an excellent tour with Chris. He was extremely knowledgeable and communicated the life at Mount Vernon very well. We got an extra treat by stopping at Arlington Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard. It was a day well spent.

Had an absolutely great time! Edgar is an absolute treasure and is most passionate in his profession as a tour guide! Would most definitely recommend this to family and friends.

Edgar was a knowledgeable and awesome guide and group photographer.