Visit Thomas Jefferson's home with Gray Line DC! Travel to Charlottesville, Virginia and continue up the mountainside to Monticello, home of our third president. Thomas Jefferson was an astute politician, but he was also a noted surveyor, musician, and artist. The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center is the new gateway to Monticello, offering visitors greatly enhanced services and amenities while educating and entertaining them with stories about Thomas Jefferson's life, times, and lasting legacies
You must be present at our Union Station office by 8am at the latest to guarantee ridership on the tour. We are located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002, on the Bus Terminal Level. Once the tour departs, guests cannot join along the route. You should arrive between 7:30-7:45am to check in properly. Our drivers are licensed DC sightseeing guides, but they do not get off and accompany you to each memorial, as they are responsible for the motorcoach itself.
Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Country
Just a little outside Washington DC, visitors can take in the extraordinary Virginia countryside on a trip to Monticello. This is a tour for all seasons, as the natural beauty of the area shines through at every time of year. If you’re feeling like taking some time away from the city then this is certainly the tour for you.
What can you see on this Tour?
Travel to Charlottesville, Virginia where we will continue up the mountainside to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, President, surveyor, musician, and artist. This relaxing tour is the perfect way to beat the hustle and bustle of city life for the day while learning about the third president and founding father. Thomas Jefferson’s life was exciting and filled with tough decisions, which visitors can learn about visiting his home. He completed extensive education and was one of the most instrumental parties in the Declaration of Independence. His intelligence and charisma are what made him an easy choice as the writer of this important document.
Monticello was handed down to Jefferson by his father, but he designed and created the home that stands there today. He was hugely influenced by European architecture and was one of the first to bring these techniques to America. The name Monticello is Italian and means small mountain, which is a nod to its position at the top of a hill. For our attendees on this tour, there’s no need to climb the small mountain, as our motor coach will take you there in a flash. Much effort has been put into the preservation of the home as a place for education and learning. Expert tour guides keep the home in pristine condition and inform visitors of the most notable moments in the home.
The tour also includes a stop off at the famous Michie Tavern, which is more than two centuries old! We actually stop there first. This historic location still functions as a pit stop for travelers and our visitors can feel free to dine there on the tour. It offers an excellent place to have lunch (be prepared for large portions!).
This is a long tour, lasting roughly 11.5 hours, from 8 am to 7.30pm. Part of this is the travel through the countryside, though this will pass by quickly with our drivers at the helm. They have licensed driver guides who will narrate the trip and fill you with knowledge as we head to the historic area.
Why should you go on this Tour?
This tour presents visitors with the ideal way to travel outside the city for a day of fun and learning. The chance to see the famous building and learn about what Jefferson’s life and motivations were is just awe-inspiring. Come along with us on this fantastic tour!
STOPS (Locations guests get off and visit)
James Monroe's Highland
Michie Tavern (Family-style lunch served here)
Thomas Jefferson Visitor and Smith Education Center
50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 • email@example.com • (202) 779-9894 •On the day of your tour please present your voucher at the Gray Line ticket window on the bus level of the parking garage at Union Station. To get to the bus level, you will go to the center rear of Union Station and go up an escalator, then out the doors leading to the parking garage. Just outside those doors is a second escalator and we are located at the top on the left, inside the Gray Line / Peter Pan building. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your assigned departure time (8am)
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