Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Mount Vernon , Virginia
Tel: 703 780 2000
Concierge.com's insider take:
At one stage of George Washington's life, his enormous estate, 16 miles south of the city that bears his name, was 8,000 acres and composed of five farms. Today, 500 acres remain, 50 of which are open to the public. Washington lived here from the age of three. As an adult, he expanded his home; filled it with exquisite pieces, many of which are on view today (such as 18th-century silver and books from his private library); and built a successful whiskey distillery down the road. Plan to spend several hours, if not a whole day, touring the mansion, working farm, gardens, and George and Martha Washington's tomb. Expect to wait about half an hour in line for the mansion tour in the summer, and even longer in April and May and on weekends. The wait tends to be shorter in the afternoon.