Weekend Trip from Washington, D.C.: Monticello, Virginia

Less than a three hour drive from Washington, D.C. is a National Historic Landmark: Monticello, the former plantation of Thomas Jefferson. A few years ago, my family and I took a behind-the-scenes tour of Monticello the week of Thanksgiving. It was a good time of year to visit mostly because the lines weren’t long.

We had a great tour guide who went into a lot of detail explaining the life of Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner who was also a Founding Father of the United States. Our tour was in-depth and lasted a couple of hours, including viewing private quarters. This particular tour costs $49 per person in the off-season (November through February).

However, we took this tour before we had a kid. If I had my son with me, I would’ve selected one of the shorter tours, such as the 45 minute Monticello Day Pass. This tour is $23 per person in the winter, is handicapped accessible, and family friendly.

I believe it is important that we continue to study and learn all aspects of our country’s history, especially the dark sides. As long as you have a good tour guide who discusses the tragic aspects of the country’s history, this tour is worth the price and drive from Washington, D.C.

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