Boat, Bike or Drive to Mt. Vernon
There are at least have 3 different ways to visit Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington. You can drive, ride a bike along the Mt. Vernon bicycle trail or take the Miss Christine from the Potomac Riverboat Company.
The bike trail is fun and about 13 miles from Alexandria. If you are beginning in Alexandria riding towards Mt Vernon, you can pick up the Mt. Vernon bike trail on Union Street in Old Town by the river, or at Jones Point Park under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The trail is mostly tree lined, relatively flat but can get quite hilly the closer you get to Mt. Vernon.
By far my most favorite ways to go to Mt. Vernon is by boat on the river. While cruising on the Potomac a person gets the feeling of what it might have been like to arrive at President Washington’s house in the late 1700’s.
On a beautiful warm, sunny day, a friend and I took a fun day trip to Old Town Alexandria. This is where we found the Potomac River Boat Company in front of the Torpedo Factory in Old Town. Tickets for the cruise from Old Town down the Potomac River to Mt Vernon can be purchased either online http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/mount-vernon-cruise.php or at the kiosk at the dock. As we boarded the Miss Christine, our guide, Mark introduced us to nautical terms; bow, stern, starboard and port because as the cruise progressed he would refer to landmarks according to these directions. Captain Eric blew the horn and we pushed off from the dock. Mark, our guide was great at pointing out many landmarks along the river; from Jones Point Park to Ft. Warburton to the Algonquin Native American tribe who lived in the area.
As we arrived at Mt Vernon, we disembarked and were given tickets with an assigned time to visit the mansion. The Miss Christine leaves the dock at 4pm sharp for the return trip. As Captain Mark says, “if you miss the boat you can take a taxi back to Alexandria or walk the 20 miles back to Old Town.” So make sure you are on time to take the cruise back to Old Town.
For the full article see the link listed below in Adventure Travel magazine