One of the best and most scenic ways to come to Mount Vernon is down the Potomac River. Check out the regular seasonal departures from Washington D.C., Alexandria, and National Harbor.

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Washington DC Alexandria National Harbor

Spirit Cruise Excursions from Washington, D.C. 

Take a roundtrip cruise aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C., or choose a one-way trip either arriving at or departing from Mount Vernon. All cruises include admission to Mount Vernon with the exception of the one-way cruise that departs from the estate.

The Spirit docks at Pier 4 at 6th and Water Sts. SW, in Washington, D.C. The departure time is 8:30 a.m. with arrival at Mount Vernon at 10 a.m. It departs Mount Vernon at 1:30 p.m. and returns to Washington at 3 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Spirit Cruises at 1.866.211.3811 or visit

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Potomac Riverboat Company Excursions from Alexandria & National Harbor

Cruise down the Potomac from Old Town Alexandria, VA or National Harbor, MD on board the Potomac Riverboat Company’s Miss Christin.

The Miss Christin departs the Alexandria City Marina at Cameron and Union Streets at 10:30 a.m.

National Harbor at 11:10 a.m., and the Gaylord National Hotel at 11:05 a.m.

She departs Mount Vernon at 4 p.m. and returns to National Harbor at 4:55 p.m., the Gaylord at 5:05 p.m. and Alexandria at 5:30 p.m. Roundtrip fare includes admission to Mount Vernon.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Potomac Riverboat Company at 703.684.0580 or visit

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