Cyclists can reach Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C. via the Mount Vernon trail. Nearly 18 miles long, the paved Trail follows the Potomac River’s Virginia shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island (near Rosslyn, Virginia) to Mount Vernon. Bike racks are located at the end of the bike trail.
Bicycle enthusiasts without a bike can also visit Mount Vernon by renting a bike from Bike and Roll in Old Town Alexandria and enjoying the final scenic ten miles of the Mount Vernon trail through Dykes Marsh and Belle View Park. The canopy coverage and banks of the Potomac provide seclusion and a beautiful transition back in time to an early America, making the ride a wonderful way to approach the timeless feel of Mount Vernon.
Prices for bike rental from Bike and Roll, including Estate admission:
Children (6-12) $31
Bike and Roll Tours are offered April - October. Call Bike and Roll at 703-548-7655 for reservations and more information or book online at www.bikethesites.com.
You can also rent a bike from Bike and Roll in Old Town Alexandria, ride to Mount Vernon, and return to Alexandria on Potomac Riverboat's Miss Christin for a narrated cruise back to Old Town. Recommended departure from Alexandria is 11 a.m., since Miss Christin departs Mount Vernon at 4 p.m. The boat arrives back in Alexandria at 5:30 p.m. Boat rides are seasonal and space is limited, so advance registrations are required.
Prices for bike rental from Bike and Roll, bike pick-up at Mount Vernon, and return boat ticket, including Estate admission:
Children (6-11) $40
Children (2-5) $20
Bike and Roll Tours are offered March - November. Call Bike and Roll at 703-548-7655 for reservations and more information or book online at www.bikethesites.com.