Eight U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia and most of their homes can be visited year-round. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor and Wilson have all hailed from the Old Dominion. The tours and trip ideas below will allow you to tour their homes and walk in their footsteps.
George Washington’s Home Town, Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is one of America’s most historic and intriguing cities. But few know this is where George Washington grew up. After a lively and fun trolley tour introduces you to this gem of a town you’ll go over to Ferry Farm in Stafford County and see where young George lived as a boy through his teenage years. Read more.
Lincoln Walk by Segway of Richmond
This two-hour guided tour covers Lincoln’s path in Richmond, discusses the making of the movie and Lincoln’s impact on the city today. Stops include the James River, the Virginia State Capitol, the White House of the Confederacy, Historic Tredegar Iron Works and the only statue of Lincoln in the South among others. Read more.
-Lincoln Statue, Richmond-
James Monroe, the Era of Good Feelings
Monroe defined America’s foreign policy and brought about an “Era of Good Feelings” by focusing on westward expansion and ignoring European troubles. This tour allows you to visit three Virginia cities where Monroe lived. Read more.
Pleased to meet you, Mr. Jefferson
In Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s mark can still be found everywhere – from architecture to history and even culinary traditions. This tour will introduce Jefferson as a multi-dimensional man. Read more.
Petticoats Behind the Presidents
Our founding presidents and leaders had strong, intelligent, influential wives. Get to know Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, Martha Jefferson and even Pocahontas on this fun and inspiring tour. Read more.
-James Madison’s Montpelier-
Encounter with our Founding Fathers, Charlottesville
Home to three of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison, the Charlottesville area provides endless learning opportunities to learn about some of our most fascinating historic figures, all in a gorgeous setting in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read more.
History Addict to Front Row Fanatic, Fairfax
Connect with America’s history and culture through unique Fairfax County historical sites and performance venues. From George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to Mount Vernon’s Distillery and Gristmill and an evening at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, there is something for everyone in this itinerary. Read more.
-George Washington’s Mount Vernon-
Plantations of the Potomac, Alexandria, Prince William & Manassas
Steeped in historical significance, catch a glimpse into the past as you explore the grand plantations from the 18th and 19th centuries. These homes lined the Potomac River in Alexandria and Prince William & Manassas, Virginia and were a vital part of the area’s economy and history. Read more.
Staunton Main Street for the History Addict, Staunton
Spend two days in one of “America’s Greatest Main Streets” by Travel + Leisure. Staunton’s easily walked and compact downtown is the perfect place to sample history up-close while allowing your group some free time to explore on their own. Read more.
-Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, Staunton-
Fine Wines, Patsy Cline and Jefferson’s Design, Various
This fabulous Shenandoah tour takes you winding through scenic back roads and byways, stopping along the way to enjoy wineries, tour Patsy Cline’s home and visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Read more.
Homes of Presidents, Various
Visit the historical homes of Presidents past and tour their mansions! Tour Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace & Museum, James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland and James Madison’s Montpelier. Read more.
-Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello-
History and Heritage Itineraries
By Air, Land or Sea – Destination Tours
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