Mount Vernon's hilltop site above the Potomac River (Courtesy Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
George Washington's hilltop home by the Potomac River, with 14 rooms furnished per a 1799 inventory. The first couple's tomb, gardens, a blacksmith shop, 16-sided treading barn, reconstructed slave cabin. High-tech Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, accessible by special appt. or tour. Other activities and tours: Revolutionary War Theater: 4-D Experience (daily, free) and Enslaved People of Mount Vernon tour (daily, $4) highlighting the lives of the people who built and operated Mount Vernon, ongoing. Open daily (hours vary by season, check website). $12-$20 (includes admission to Distillery and Gristmill nearby), children under 6 free. Discount packages available. Free parking.