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Washington DC Colonial Sites

Washington DC Colonial Sites

Although Washington DC itself isn’t home to many colonial structures, there’s plenty within reach of the US capital that dates back to the period between the 1600s and 1775 (the beginning of the American Revolution). Outside the city, history lovers will find an abundance of sites and attractions that provide a glimpse at America’s earliest days. Here are a few options.

What to See

  • Colonial Williamsburg — At this National Historic Landmark District, located in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, colonial America comes to life through the 17th- and 18th-century architecture, period costumes, and more.

  • Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria — The 18th-century vacation home that once belonged to George Washington, the first US President, sits just south of Alexandria, a riverside city whose historic Old Town dates back to 1749.

  • Old Stone House — The oldest building in Washington DC, which dates back to 1765, still stands on its original foundation. Today it’s run by the National Park Service.

  • Belair Mansion — This estate, built in the mid-1700s, is located outside Bowie, Maryland, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

How to Visit

  • Take an overnight trip to Colonial Williamsburg, located 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Washington DC, to best experience this living museum, which is known for its ambitious historical reenactments.

  • Book a Potomac River boat tour that stops at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where you can explore the grounds and buildings, and Old Town Alexandria.

  • In Georgetown, one of Washington DC’s toniest neighborhoods, be sure to stop by Old Stone House, the oldest building in the city.

  • Take a half-day trip to Belair Mansion, just 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of the city, to view colonial architecture and artifacts.

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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Explore some of the most famous landmark locations around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites. Learn about his life and tour his home of more than 40 years. Then enjoy a guided bus trip around Old Town Alexandria. See the many historic 17th- and 18th-century homes, hear colorful stories about this founding father and discover little known facts about all the monuments, statues and buildings in the area.
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