The hunt for truth and treasure takes Ben Gates from the blockbuster film “National Treasure” to historic Mount Vernon, George Washington’s magnificent estate on the Potomac River. Visitors can take an hour-long walking tour of where the movie was filmed.
It’s a missing page from John Wilkes Booth’s diary that sends Ben Gates on his quest to learn the truth about his family’s past. Stop for a photo-op at Ford’s Theatre, where Booth shot Abraham Lincoln, then hop on one of Old Town Trolley’s DC city tours nearby.
Continue your history-hopping weekend with dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, a DC classic one block from the White House that was a favorite spot for past presidents and is still a popular meeting place for political insiders.
Head over to the National Archives to check out the real-life documents that were featured throughout the film. Housed in the rotunda of the building are the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
Spend the weekend and take a load off at the family-friendly and economical Holiday Inn Capitol, centrally located so you can explore what else the city has in store.