12 days in Washington DC & Mount Vernon Itinerary

12 days in Washington DC & Mount Vernon Itinerary

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12 days in Washington DC & Mount Vernon Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Mount Vernon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Washington DC

8
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and U.S. Naval Academy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Capitol Hill and James Madison's Montpelier. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse (in Solomons), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Old Jail Museum (in Leonardtown). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum, examine the collection at Museum of the Bible, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and stroll through Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Washington DC road trip planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Washington DC. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arlington, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, The Walters Art Museum, Wat Thai of Washington, D.C.
Highlights from your plan
Renwick Gallery ©
Renwick Gallery
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

3
nights
Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon ©
Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pohick Church, contemplate the long history of Historic Port Tobacco Village, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Ignatius Church. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ford Orientation Center, and then steep yourself in history at Birthplace National Monument.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mount Vernon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Mount Vernon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. January in Mount Vernon sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Port Tobacco, Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pohick Church ©
Pohick Church
Thomas Stone National Historic Site ©
Ford Orientation Center ©
Ford Orientation Center

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