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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

From US$54.14
  • Combine a Potomac River cruise with a day at Mount Vernon
  • Listen to live narration on the river cruise from an onboard guide
  • Explore Mount Vernon at your own pace
In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
From US$54.14
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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
From US$54.14
Traveling to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate by boat means you'll cruise past Potomac River landmarks on your way to the sprawling former plantation, combining two classic DC experiences. Departing from an easy-to-reach location in DC, this narrated cruise to Mount Vernon ensures you have plenty of time to explore Washington's mansion, distillery, gristmill, and gardens, as well as the onsite education center and museum.
What to Expect
Make your way to Pier 4 to board the Spirit of Mount Vernon, a comfortable riverboat with indoor and outdoor seating. Set out along the Potomac River, pass a series of riverside landmarks on the trip over to Mount Vernon. As you travel, an onboard guide shares historical facts and stories from DC's fascinating past.

Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, step into the sprawling estate with free time to explore the grand, 21-room mansion where the Washingtons lived, and walk the winding paths of the English-style gardens.

There's a 4-acre (1.6-hectare) Pioneer Farm on the banks of the Potomac and interpreters to help tell the stories of the roughly 100 enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Before catching the boat back to DC, visit the museum to see interactive displays, an action-adventure movie, and a series of 23 exhibit-filled galleries.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Impressive place to visit

It is a memorable experience walking through the property where George and Martha Washington lived. The restoration of many of the areas, as well as some of the original items that were there in the 1700's makes the property very special. Recognizing that some of...More

Thank Don P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Nice way to go to Mt Vernon

The trip to Mt. Vernon was excellent. The guide have lots of information and it was very enjoyable. The food on the way back was lacking and very disorganized. One counter, only, was open with cold hamburgers and hotdogs and nothing to put on them....More

Thank beth ann k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great way to travel to Mount Vernon

About the same cost as an Uber to Mount Vernon and back to DC, but more scenic and enjoyable! Our tour was in early April— the top of the boat was open and was quite windy and chilly. The main floor had tables to sit...More

Thank Kimberly B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the trip, but have seen similar sites better done. The boat trip was interesting, but food offerings limited.

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Beautiful way to go to Mount Vernon

My husband and I really enjoyed our cruise on the Spirit of Washington along the Potomac. The views and the tour guide on the boat was great. He gave information of what you were seeing but also didn’t speak the whole time letting you relax...More

Thank 1LoveItaly
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Robert D
7 April 2018|
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Response from Kimberly B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the ride is very calm! The boat is large and you can’t feel much from inside!
5 April 2018|
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Response from 193wilsonj | Reviewed this property |
Yes a bus will be waiting when the boat arrives. Enjoy your visit!