• What to Expect When You Tour Mount Vernon

    George Washington’s Mount Vernon home is situated on beautiful grounds that are ideal for exploration. For history buffs, this makes a perfect day trip from Washington, DC, and with everything from a distillery to a farm on site, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As you plan your Mount Vernon tour , this advice will help you make the most of your day.

    Make Use of the Orientation Center

    All guests enter Mount Vernon through the Orientation Center. Your bags will be searched before you can tour the property. After that, be sure to make use of the resources in the Center before you begin exploring. The staff in the Orientation Center can provide maps and valuable information about touring the grounds. There is also a brief film you can watch to give context to the property, as well as a beloved attraction called Mount Vernon in Miniature. The Orientation Center is also a perfect place to go to the bathroom before you start exploring.

    Tour the Mansion

    There is a short, guided tour of the mansion itself. Photos aren’t allowed to be taken inside, but you can take pictures from the porch. Ask questions during the tour, as your guides are there to help you understand the significance of the different rooms and the pieces you are seeing. Outside of the mansion, you can explore the backyard and visit the tombs of Washington and his family members.

    Make Reservations for a Meal

    A food court on site allows for a quick bite, but there is also a restaurant with a Colonial-inspired menu. The restaurant gets very busy, so reservations are recommended. Outside of the dining area, you will find Pioneer Farm and the Gristmill & Distillery. You can even pick up a bottle of rye made from Washington’s own recipe.

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  • Touring Baltimore’s National Aquarium

    The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a delightful experience for all ages. If you’re planning a sightseeing tour around Washington, D.C., make a short detour over to Maryland to see this national treasure for yourself. Kids love the Living Seashore exhibit, which gives them a chance to touch harmless sea creatures. The Blacktip Reef is another must-see exhibit. Here, blacktip reef sharks, whiptail rays, wobbegong sharks, and zebra sharks swim alongside a massive, 500-pound green sea turtle.

    Can’t get enough sharks? After visiting Blacktip Reef, head over to Shark Alley. It’s a ring-shaped exhibit that gives visitors the experience of having sharks slowly circle them. Dolphin Discovery and Australia: Wild Extremes are other popular exhibits you should see on your day trip. If you have a future herpetologist in your family, stop by the Amazon River Forest before you leave, and see the emerald tree boas.

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  • Behind the Scenes at Richmond’s St. John’s Church

    When Virginian delegates were considering raising a militia, they decided to hold the vote at St. John’s Church in Richmond in an effort to avoid interference by the Crown-appointed Lieutenant Governor. The measure passed by a handful of votes, no doubt thanks to Patrick Henry’s passionate “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech. St. John’s Church is a national historic landmark today, and if you’re planning a guided tour in Virginia, it’s a must-see.

    Catch a glimpse behind the scenes at St. John’s when you watch this video. You’ll hear the docent explain the pre-Revolutionary history of the church. He also explains that the delegates decided to hold the convention at St. John’s because it was the largest building in Richmond at the time.

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  • Customizing a Washington, D.C. Tour for Your Group

    No matter what special interests your group has, you’re sure to find the perfect attractions and experiences in Washington, D.C. There’s so much to do and see in this city that the hardest part of planning may be narrowing down your itinerary. You can work with a D.C. guided tour company for help figuring out which customized itinerary will work best for your group.

    Monuments

    Washington, D.C. has no shortage of monuments. Your group can pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1937, the Tomb has been continuously guarded by a specially trained Sentinel—every minute of every day and night, no matter the weather. It’s considered among the most sacred and honorable of military duties to become a Sentinel. Visitors are expected to conduct themselves with great respect and courtesy. In addition to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, your tour group may wish to visit these well-known monuments:

    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Washington Monument
    • World War II Memorial
    • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
    • Korean War Veterans Memorial
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    Museums

    There are a number of excellent museums in Washington, D.C. that should be on your bucket list. Consider taking your guided tour group to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which features both permanent and special exhibits, and programs and activities. The museum’s collections database is home to over 270,000 records, including personal stories, historical footage, and photos. Other museums your group might want to visit include:

    • National Geographic Museum
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Gallery of Art
    • National Air & Space Museum
    • National Museum of American History
    • National Museum of the American Indian
    • National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Dining

    Don’t forget to include meal breaks in your itinerary! There are plenty of eateries around the National Mall and inside the many museums, but your group might want to expand its options a little. Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic restaurant in Washington, D.C. Try their signature dish, the half smoke with chili.

    For exceptional, customized tours of Washington, D.C., you can turn to Haymarket Transportation. We also offer standard and personalized day trips around Maryland and Virginia. Call a friendly representative today at (571) 748-3084, and we’ll work with you to make your group trip memorable!

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