Best Summer Date Ideas: Day Trips


Day trips for just the two of you, whether it's your first date or the fortieth.

#46: Mount Vernon; Mount Vernon, VA
Home City:
Washington, DC
Distance: 16 miles
Perfect for: History-buff couples

Sprawled across 500 acres, Mount Vernon is the former plantation home of George Washington and still looks very similar to the way it did when the first president of the United States lived there. The mansion features original furnishings owned by the Washington family, while the farm breeds animals similar to the ones Washington had (roosters, mules, oxen) and Colonial millers in the reconstructed gristmill grind corn into meal and wheat into flour just as it was done more than 200 years ago. Not that interested in Washington? You and your paramour can bond as you explore the estate's bucolic gardens, forest trails and wharf overlooking the Potomac River.

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