How to Get From Washington, D.C., to Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
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George Washington's Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121, USA
Phone +1 703-780-2000

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, the beloved historic home of George Washington, is located in Northern Virginia along the banks of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. It's at the southern endpoint of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Mount Vernon is the most famous historic estate in the nation, offering 50 acres of gardens, a mansion house, and many estate buildings. A true treasure, Mount Vernon appeals to all ages and is a top Southeast U.S. attraction.

How to Get to Mount Vernon by Car

  • From the George Washington Memorial Parkway, follow the Parkway to the large traffic circle at the southern terminus. (The Parkway becomes Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia.)
  • From I-95 and points South of Mount Vernon, take Exit 161 - Route 1 North, marked Ft. Belvoir / Mt. Vernon. Drive north on Route 1 for about 6 miles. Just after Ft. Belvoir, turn right on Route 235 North and continue about 3 miles to Mount Vernon.
  • From I-95 and points East of Mount Vernon, I-95 becomes the Capital Beltway (495). After crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take the right-hand Exit 177 to Mount Vernon. Turn right on S. Washington Street, which becomes the George Washington Parkway. Continue to the large traffic circle at the southern terminus.
  • From I-66 and points West of Mount Vernon, follow I-66 East to the Capital Beltway (Route 495 South Outer Beltway, which turns into I-95 North toward Baltimore.) Take Exit 177-B / Route 1 North marked Alexandria / Mount Vernon. From Route 1, turn right onto Franklin Street and another right onto S. Washington Street, which becomes the George Washington Parkway. Continue to the large traffic circle at the southern terminus.

How to Get to Mount Vernon by Bike

The Mount Vernon Trail is a popular biking/running trail that parallels the George Washington Memorial Parkway for much of its length. The trail extends about 18.5 miles from the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot to Mount Vernon, offering majestic views of many area landmarks. The trail is primarily flat, with a few gentle hills.

The last mile to Mount Vernon involves a somewhat challenging climb, and portions of the trail include traveling along city streets, especially through Alexandria.

An excellent alternative to traveling the entire 18.5 miles is to depart from Old Town Alexandria, about 8 miles north of Mount Vernon. Bicycle rentals are available in Alexandria, a block away from the Mount Vernon Trail.

How to Get to Mount Vernon by Metro

The closest Metro Station (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail and Metrobus system) to Mount Vernon is the Huntington Station on the Yellow Line. Take the lower level station Huntington Avenue exit to transfer to a Fairfax Connector bus to Mount Vernon.

While relatively inexpensive and easy to navigate, this trip can take well over an hour from downtown Washington, D.C., and other Metro Stations in Northern Virginia, depending on the Metrorail and Fairfax Connector bus schedules. The best way to plan your trip by public transportation is to visit the Metro Web Site and select Trip Planner. Instructions on the site are easy to follow. 

Tours and Cruises

Several tours, including tours by motorcoach and boat, make traveling to and from Mount Vernon as exciting and as much fun as your actual visit to the estate, enhancing and adding another dimension to the overall experience. 

Bus tours are available from Washington, D.C., and National Harbor, Maryland. On a boat tour, you cruise down the Potomac River and can board a boat for the tour in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, and National Harbor, Maryland.

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How to Get From Washington, D.C., to Mount Vernon