A day trip to Mount Vernon, VA.

I’ve already had two great days in DC (Washington DC on a budget (part 1) and Washington DC on a budget (part 2)). My plans for the third day turned out different from I’d planned. I read online that you can rent bikes in Old Town Alexandria, and from there ride the Mount Vernon Trail to (well obviously) Mount Vernon.

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-Day 3-

As I probably already mentioned many times before, it was hot in the US. You could say that this day the weather reached its top temperature. It was nearly 40 degrees (Celsius). I even heard a cop say that exact day it was hotter in DC than in Florida.

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View on the Potomac river

So biking+ very hot weather= nope. Instead I took the subway and bus. Looking back I’m not sure if I regret it or not. It wouldn’t have been healthy to get sporty, but oh my, the path along the Potomac river seemed so incredibly beautiful! If I ever go back, biking it is on my list! I didn’t really expect Mount Vernon to be big, I tought it was just a house. With transport from and to DC included, I did however spent an entire day here. I took things easy and also had a lot of breaks, I must admit that.

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Mount Vernon is the Estate where George Washington, first president of the United States, used to live. The Mansion was first on my list. If I have to consider the architecture solely, I didn’t think it was very pretty if I can be honest. I actually preferred everything around the Mansion, such as where the slaves used to sleep, and of course, the beautiful landscape.

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They let you into the Mansion in small groups. In each section of the house a guide tells you more about what you are seeing. I remember that the dining room had this green colour, which is quite odd.

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The rest of the Estate reminded me of Bokrijk in Belgium. It’s like you go back in time, or for me it felt that way. I’m going to sound a bit mean, but I actually thought that the rooms where the slaves were staying would be even smaller. I really expected them to be stuffed together in this tiny little room. It’s still not luxurious, but it was better than what I had pictured in my mind.

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The views on the Potomac river were really pretty. The landscape reminded me a lot of the English parks I’ve been too.

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I made it to the Wharf, located at the other side of the Estate. A very tiny breeze made this the perfect spot to relax at the hottest hours of the day.

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At the entrance is also a little museum. I watched a short movie here to get to know more about how the USA fought for its independance, and of course the role that Washington played in it.

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As the bus drove me back to the subway station I realised how green it was around me, and we weren’t that far away from the capital. It seemed like a great place to live. I think that Virginia would  be very nice to explore.

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12 thoughts on “A day trip to Mount Vernon, VA.

  1. I’m glad that you enjoyed your trip to Virginia and I would highly recommend exploring more.
    I really like living here! I have never visited Mount Vernon though and I think it is a must now as it looks so beautiful there. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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      1. I would highly recommend the Confederate White House and the Civil War museum. A lot of interesting history from the American Civil War. There is the Edgar Allen Poe Museum and the Holocaust Museum although I wouldn’t recommend those 2 back to back, lol.

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