Visit sites throughout Virginia that are connected to George Washington.

Follow in George Washington's footsteps and go back in time to Colonial Virginia. Visit his birthplace in Westmoreland County and his beloved plantation home, Mount Vernon, on the banks of the Potomac River.

Your tour will also visit sites that pay tribute to George Washington or that are associated with the Washington family.

Day Trips from Washington, DC

Virginia is the perfect destination for vacationers or DC residents seeking a day trip from the nation's capital.

Northern Virginia is a twenty-minute drive from the city. Yorktown Battlefield, the furthest destination on this list, is about a three-hour drive from DC.

Map of Attractions

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Northern Virginia – Mount Vernon, VA

George Washington once said of his plantation home:

I can truly say that I would rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me than than to be attended at the seat of government by the officers of state and the representatives of every power in Europe.

Just a short drive up the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year, including holidays. 

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George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill

Distillery

Distillery

Northern Virginia – Mount Vernon, VA

These working reconstructions of George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill are just 2.7 miles from Mount Vernon and are included with Mount Vernon admission. Guests can see where George Washington distilled whiskey and how he produced flour from wheat grown at Mount Vernon.

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Arlington House

Arlington House

Arlington House

Northern Virginia –Arlington, VA

Arlington House was built by George Washington's step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Admission is free.

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Christ Church

Christ Church

Christ Church

Northern Virginia – Alexandria, VA

George and Martha Washington worshipped at this Alexandria church; their pew is still preserved. Tours are available.

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Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern

Northern Virginia – Alexandria, VA

At this Alexandria tavern, George Washington attended two Birthnight Balls held in his honor. Gadsby's Tavern continues to operate as a restaurant and museum.

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George Washington Masonic Memorial

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Northern Virginia – Alexandria, VA

This memorial was built for George Washington in 1922 and is located on the area once proposed by Thomas Jefferson as the ideal site for the nation's Capitol.

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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Northern Virginia – Alexandria, VA

This 1792 apothecary displays medical equipment, journals, letters, and customer orders. Martha Washington and Nelly Custis were among its patrons. 

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Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Northern Virginia – Alexandria, VA

The home of George Washington's nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Woodlawn was built on land given to them by George Washington. It is now a historic house museum.

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Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall

Northern Virginia-Mason Neck, VA

Gunston Hall was the home of founding father George Mason. Located only a few miles along the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, Mason and Washington frequently exchanged ideas around establishing the nation. 

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Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park (NPS)

Great Falls Park (NPS)

Northern Virginia – McLean, VA

In 1754, George Washington wrote of the difficulty of crossing the Great Falls of the Potomac River, which drop 76 feet in a little over 1 mile. 

Today Great Falls Park is a popular national park among both locals and tourists.

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George Washington’s Ferry Farm

Ferry Farm

Ferry Farm

Northern Virginia – Fredericksburg, VA

George Washington was 6 years old when his family moved to Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, VA.

Guests can see the site where the house once stood, as well as colonial artifacts found on the property.

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Kenmore Plantation & Gardens

Kenmore Plantation

Kenmore Plantation

Northern Virginia – Fredericksburg, VA

The Fredericksburg home of George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, is a Georgian-style brick mansion. The site includes a museum with displays of 18th-century furniture and decorative arts. 

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Mary Washington House

Mary Washington House

Mary Washington House

Northern Virginia – Fredericksburg, VA

In 1772, George Washington purchased this home in Fredericksburg for his mother, Mary Ball Washington. She spent her last 17 years here.

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Saint George’s Episcopal Church

Northern Virginia – Fredericksburg, VA

A young George Washington attended this Fredericksburg church with his family.

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Virginia State Capitol

George Washington Statue

George Washington Statue

Central Virginia – Richmond, VA

The state capitol building in Richmond is open to the public and houses a statue that is considered one of the most accurate depictions of George Washington. The statue was created by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon.

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Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Coastal Virginia (Hampton Roads) – Williamsburg, VA

George Washington became well-acquainted with Williamsburg after he took a seat in the House of Burgesses. He dined in Williamsburg, including at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, attended church and enjoyed the theater. He and Martha honeymooned in Williamsburg following their marriage.

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Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown

Yorktown

Coastal Virginia (Hampton Roads) – Yorktown, VA

In 1781, General George Washington besieged the British army at Yorktown. Cornwallis surrendered on October 19, and Yorktown became the final battle of the American Revolution.

Moore House, part of Yorktown Battlefield, was the site of surrender negotiations.

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George Washington Birthplace National Monument

The site of George Washington's birth

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Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

Chesapeake Bay – Lancaster, VA

This museum in Lancaster, VA preserves the history of Lancaster County and honors George Washington's mother, who was born in the area.

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George Washington’s Office Museum

George Washington’s Office Museum

George Washington’s Office Museum

Shenandoah Valley – Winchester, VA

At this log cabin in Winchester, VA, George Washington kept a small office while he supervised the construction of Fort Loudoun. Washington's personal effects and survey equipment are on display.

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Washington's World

View an interactive map of the places that George Washington knew

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For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit Virginia.org, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

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