Visit Mount Vernon By Bike: Self-guided Ride With Optional Boat Cruise Return - Washington D. C.

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Bike and Roll DC, 1 Wales Alley, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 Washingtons 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. (If you choose to return by boat, you must select this option at the time of booking) This is a fun, active and scenic way to experience Mount Vernon.


  • All necessary equipment included
  • All entrance fees included

Know More about this tour

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bike and roll dc

Pick up your bike between 10:30 - 11am. Staff will greet you, provide you with waiver, fit you to your bike, and discuss your route and day.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Potomac River, Washington DC, District of Columbia

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, Alexandria, Virginia

See Jones Point Lighthouse as you make your way to Mount Vernon.

Stop At: George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia

Admission to the estate and mansion tour are included in your experience.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Potomac riverboat company, Alexandria, Virginia

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

Stop At: Bike and roll dc

If you select the option to ride back versus taking the Miss Cristin, you will return your bike and end your experience at Bike and Roll DC, Alexandria.

Duration: 10 minutes


Bike rental


Narrated Potomac River cruise (if option selected)

Equipment for kids of all sizes and ages

Entry/Admission - George Washington's Mount Vernon

Entry/Admission - Potomac Riverboat Company



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

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Jul-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.

  • 10-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.

  • 03-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.

  • 22-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!

  • 20-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.

  • 07-Jun-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 09-Sep-2016

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

  • 02-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.

  • 06-Aug-2016

    Very well organised - well done

  • 31-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.

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