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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Alexandria, United States
Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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icon4 to 7 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
  • Independent bike tour of Mount Vernon
  • Cycle along the historic Mount Vernon Trail and enjoy views of the Potomac River
  • Explore beautiful Mount Vernon Estate at your own pace to see how George Washington lived
  • Admire stately 18th-century architecture, walk through the gardens, and browse fascinating historical exhibits
  • Upgrade to enjoy a relaxing, narrated Potomac River cruise
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Bike rental
Helmet
Narrated Potomac River cruise (if option selected)
Equipment for kids of all sizes and ages
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
125 S Union St , 125 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Unlimited Biking: Alexandria is located right next door to the Union Street Public House on 125 S Union Street Alexandria VA 22314.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your Mt. Vernon independent bike tour kicks off mid-morning departure from an Old Town Alexandria bike shop. Use the provided map to navigate on two wheels through scenic paths to historic Mount Vernon. This easy ride is perfect for all levels.

Arrive at George Washington’s famed estate and enjoy time to explore at your leisure after locking up your bikes. Marvel at the décor of this 18th-century landmark, and enjoy historical exhibits at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Take time to wander the grounds, which once covered some 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) and pay a visit to Washington’s tomb.

This morning of activity is sure to work up an appetite, so tuck into lunch at the Mount Vernon Estate food court (own expense) before making the journey back to Alexandria on the Mt. Vernon Trail. Arrive in Old Town Alexandria in the evening to return your bike.

Potomac River Cruise Upgrade: Travelers can opt for a scenic river cruise on the Miss Christin after exploring Mount Vernon Estate. Meet your boat at the Mt Vernon dock and take in the sights on this relaxing river ride on the Potomac River. This optional upgrade is perfect for travelers who prefer to bike one-way rather than round-trip.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Unlimited Biking
Unlimited Biking: Alexandria is located right next door to the Union Street Public House on 125 S Union Street Alexandria VA 22314.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Potomac River
Ride along and enjoy views of the Potomac River. Route is relatively flat with a few rolling hills. Ride is approximately 10 miles to Mount Vernon (about a 1 hour ride). You may go direct or take your time and stop and see various sites, such as Jones Point Light House.
Pass By:  
Jones Point Lighthouse
See Jones Point Lighthouse as you make your way to Mount Vernon.
Stop At:  
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Admission to the grounds included in your experience.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Potomac Riverboat Company
If option is selected, your return will be via a ride on the Miss Cristin courtesy of the Potomac Riverboat Company.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Unlimited Biking
You may pick up from this location to start your ride if you would like!
Pass By:  
Mount Vernon
Explore Mount Vernon, learn about the history and take photos!
Pass By:  
Alexandria
Explore Old Town, Alexandria, learn about the history and take photos!
Pass By:  
Washington DC
Explore Washington DC, learn about the history and take photos!
Stop At:  
Spirit of Mount Vernon by City Cruises
This option is SEASONAL depending on when the boats run (End of May-September) and the boat back to Mount Vernon is only available for those that purchase the option. Otherwise, guests can bike back or opt to leave the bikes at Mount Vernon (after letting our staff know)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Unlimited Biking formerly Bike and Roll DC
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-5
Wonderful day - Alexandria to Mt Vernon
Kerry_P
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the bike ride - couple of challenging hills but overall a good ride that took less than 1 hour. Once at the estate we checked in for our tickets to mansion. Quite a bit of ground to cover to see all the sites. Highly recommend ferry back to Alexandria or DC. Couldn’t imagine having to ride the bikes back!!!!
star-5
Great Activity
Angela_D
, Jun 2022
Biking along the Potomac was a great experience. Trail is marked all the way to Mt. Vernon. Our family loved this excursion. The company is great to work with. We would do this again.
star-5
Good experience
Angela_D
, Jun 2022
Nice ride along the river. Good for all levels. You can stop whenever to rest. The company meets you at the end to pick up your bikes if you only go one way.
star-4
Great History
Malyn_P
, May 2022
The historic significance of the property is fascinating! Learned far more about our first president than we expected.
star-5
Bike tour
Andrea_D
, Nov 2021
The E-bikes were awesome, my first time on one. The weather was great. The trail was excellent with two way traffic. Thank you
star-5
Ride to Mt Vernon
Julie_F
, Sep 2021
Our cruise on the way back was cancelled, so they upgraded is to the electric bike! The bikes were great made the ride on the way there in the rain much easier and the ride back super fun. The trail is great and marked well. We had a great time stopped on the way back and took in the views along the water.
star-5
Friendly and Efficient
Robert H
, Jun 2019
We were able to get in and out quickly and efficiently. The friendly girl that was forced to handle the opening crush all by herself was the model of patience as she tried to help a difficult and self-centered customer. The bikes were in good working condition and her directions to the Mount Vernon Trail were easy to follow.
star-4
The bike trail was beautiful...
Zara_W
, Aug 2018
The bike trail was beautiful! However, the instructions about what to do with the bikes once we reached Mount Vernon was not clearly explained if you choose to do the River Cruise you must leave your bikes parkedlocked at the location - at least this is what we did...?. Also, the cruise was great but it felt a bit too long/dragged out after our day of cycling exploring Mount Vernon.
star-5
This was a great trip, the guys in...
Jennifer L
, Sep 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
5 stars for the Trail. 0 stars for...
Victoria D
, Aug 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!
star-5
We loved this tour even in the...
Ken A
, Aug 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.
star-5
There are some hills the last mile...
greg h
, Sep 2016
There are some hills the last mile. Loved the boat trip back.
star-5
Brought our 12, 11, 9, and 5 year...
Rachel F
, Sep 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.
star-5
Encountered friendly fellow...
Anne_K
, Jul 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.
star-4
Nice bike ride, but beware of doing...
mark b
, Jul 2016
Nice bike ride, but beware of doing the 10 miles in summer. Very humid. Would recommend though.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The trail was excellent! It was so...
Michael B
, Jul 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.
star-5
Loved this trip. A beautiful day...
Connie L
, Jul 2016
Loved this trip. A beautiful day for a bike ride to Mt Vernon. The self guided tour of grounds was fun and Potomac cruise on way back informative and very relaxing.
star-5
This tour was great. The scenery on...
Kimberly P
, Jul 2016
This tour was great. The scenery on the bike ride was beautiful. The ride is all trail and pretty easy except the last quarter mile into Mt Vernon is one big hill. I ended up walking the bike to the top. Mt Vernon was good to see. I recommend the boat ride back to Alexandria and dinner in town.
star-4
The overall experience was great...
Leon C
, Jul 2016
The overall experience was great. The bikes were ok. The bicycle shop should have water bottles to sell or provide for a 9mile bike ride. The ride was beautiful and Mt. Vernon was stunning. The boat ride was fine. My family will remember this tour for years to come.
star-4
My son and I biked the trail to Mt...
Robert S
, Jul 2016
My son and I biked the trail to Mt Vernon and took the cruise back. The bikes were well maintained and the ride along the Potomac was beautiful. The path does parallel a main high trafficked road, so there is some noise along the way, but the scenery was excellent. It is a little hilly in parts. Take your time and if you are in a bit of shape going the 9 miles on this path will be a modest challenge. We self explored Mt Vernon which is definitely worth the trip. The return cruise was a slow and steady ride, about 90 minutes. The boat was in good shape and was very simple with bench seating or folding chairs. That is all you really need. We were entertained by a very knowledgable crew person who shared good details about various sites along the river. I thought this tour was a very good value considering it includes the bike rental, ticket to Mt Vernon and the return cruise.

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