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The Washington, D.C. metro area includes not only the nation’s capital but parts of Virginia and Maryland.

Visitors have access to some of the nation’s most important historical sites and museums, including George Washington’s estate. As you plan your trip to Washington, D.C., discover can’t-miss attractions for history enthusiasts.

Washington, D.C.

Each year, millions of people traverse the National Mall, a landscaped park in Washington, D.C. where iconic monuments and museums reside. 

Tour George Washington's D.C.

Alexandria, Virginia: A Colonial City

George Washington’s hometown dates back to 1749 and retains its colonial charm today. Just minutes from Mount Vernon, visitors can dine in a colonial tavern where George Washington celebrated his birthday and step inside an apothecary once patronized by the Washingtons.

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Virginia: Home of Presidents

Several U.S. presidents hailed from Virginia and their estates are open to the public.

Visit the homes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others. While Mount Vernon is D.C.’s nearest neighbor, other presidential homes are an easy day trip from the capital.

Discover Virginia’s Presidential Homes

George Washington’s Virginia

Experience colonial Virginia as you discover the many sites that George Washington knew so well. Our guide takes you across the state, from George Washington’s office in Winchester, VA to the Yorktown Battlefield in coastal Virginia.

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Fairfax County, Virginia

George Washington's Mount Vernon is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Nestled in Northern Virginia just across the Potomac River from D.C., Fairfax County offers big-city amenities, small-town charm and natural surroundings. 

Rediscover America's history through countless historical sites and hidden gems. 

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National Harbor, Maryland

National Harbor is situated on the banks of the historic Potomac River and is home to 160 stores, 40 restaurants, an iconic Capital Wheel, and Spirit Park, which boasts one of the largest flying American flags in the United States.

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Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”