Mount Vernon Bike Trail: Independent Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise

On this independent bike tour from Old Town Alexandria, enjoy views of the Potomac River as you cycle along the scenic Mount Vernon Trail to historic Mount Vernon Estate, George Washington’s famous 18th-century home. Explore the stately mansion, gorgeous gardens and fascinating educational exhibits at your leisure, and hop back on your bike for your return trip or upgrade to relax on a narrated Potomac River cruise back to Alexandria. This is a fun, active and scenic way to experience Mount Vernon.
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  • Min price: $48.00
  • Recommended duration of visit: 1 hour
  • Departure Point: Old Town Alexandria

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  • Independent bike tour of Mt Vernon, includes 1-day bike rental.
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  • Independent bike tour of Mt Vernon, includes 1-day bike rental and narrated Potomac River cruise back to Old Town Alexandria.
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  • Good for:
    • All necessary equipment included
    • All entrance fees included
  • Operates: Seasonal
  • Inclusions:
    • Bike rental
    • Helmet
    • Admission to Mount Vernon Estate
    • Narrated Potomac River cruise (if option selected)
    • Equipment for kids of all sizes and ages
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Tours may be canceled if the weather makes for dangerous riding conditions
    • Trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available for children not old enough or comfortable on their own bike
    • To ride in a trailer carriage, the child needs to be able to hold up his or her head and wear a helmet
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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  • 5
    - 03 September 2017 -

    This was a great trip, the guys in the store were all ready for us, got us set up and on our way very quickly. The day was perfect weather and it is such a lovely ride plus the added bonus of actually seeing Mt Vernon. The cycling was very easy as the majority is relatively flat with only a few small sections with a hill. We took the boat trip back for some different views of the area. All in all a fantastic day and I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • 3
    - 22 August 2017 -

    5 stars for the Trail. 0 stars for the bikes. Trail is great, beautiful. Mount Vernon was impressive and very interesting. The bikes were TERRIBLE! Maintenance would be a good idea guys! Gears shift if you hit a bump, and don't shift when you try shift them. NO water bottle holders on the women's bikes, had to put my water in the worn out bag thing on the handle bars. Which it bounced out of. Ended up having to hold my water bottle in my hand while riding. Definitely would do the trail again.ON MY OWN BIKE!

  • 5
    - 20 August 2017 -

    We loved this tour even in the rain.The bike ride is self guides but easy to follow. 9 miles. There are some hills that can be challenging if you are not a regular rider. Mt. Vernon was super cool and the people that worked there so knowledgeable. We took the ferry back and again enjoyed.

  • 5
    - 07 June 2017 -

    This tour was amazing!

  • 5
    - 09 September 2016 -

    There are some hills the last mile. Loved the boat trip back.

  • 5
    - 02 September 2016 -

    Brought our 12, 11, 9, and 5 year old on this bike tour. Some of the hills were a bit hard to do when going uphill dragging a 60 lb kid on a bike attached to mine but going down was better then any roller coaster. Plenty of water fountain and benches along the trail made it very manageable and fun. You should be in relatively good shape though to do this. Old Town Alexandria is beautiful to just walk around in. Good deal for your money considering entrance to George Washingtons plantation is 20 a head. Overall we had an incredible experience.

  • 5
    - 06 August 2016 -

    Very well organised - well done

  • 5
    - 31 July 2016 -

    Encountered friendly fellow bicyclists on a hilly, but doable trail. Water stops along the way. Leafy trail. The history at Mount Vernon was palpable. Bike pick up and drop from was easy. The Potomac River Cruise was a perfect end to a hot, yet enjoyable day.

  • 4
    - 31 July 2016 -

    Nice bike ride, but beware of doing the 10 miles in summer. Very humid. Would recommend though.

  • 5
    - 22 July 2016 -

    The trail was excellent! It was so nice to have a well-maintained trail that is off the road and family-friendly. Mount Vernon was very interesting and informative. It was unfortunate that the mansion was under renovation on the outside so we didn't get to take good pictures, but they need to do the work sometime. We used the second-day option to ride up to Arlington National Cemetery...what a great trip both days.

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