Mason Family Flash

Family Weekend spotlight: D.C. area tours

Students in front of the capitolFamily Weekend events are designed to give your family a glimpse into your student’s life at Mason, including events both on and off campus. In order to provide you with some of the unique experiences that Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. affords, we have organized a number of bus tours to various area attractions. Whether your family is interested in seeing the National Mall, learning more about the home of our university’s namesake, or enjoying a hike outdoors, there is something for everyone!

D.C. Bus Tour
The Washington, D.C. bus tour is a must for those interested in sightseeing and learning more about the nation’s capital. The tour will take participants all around the monuments and special landmarks of D.C. and will make one stop where participants can hop off the bus and explore the monuments by foot.

Gunston Hall
Gunston Hall is the home of our namesake, George Mason. Located in Lorton, Virginia, participants will receive a guided tour of the mansion with outbuildings, 550 acres of grounds and hiking trails.

Great Falls
Great Falls is one of Northern Virginia’s most popular hiking destinations. With over 800 acres of land just 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital, the park is filled with rich history and beautiful landscapes. Families will enjoy a short hike guided by staff and students from Mason Outdoor Adventures.

If you are interested in attending one of our three bus trips, register your family early as these tours fill up quickly! For more information about the Family Weekend schedule of events and to register your family, visit

Samantha Greenberg
Associate Director of Family Programs
Orientation and Family Programs and Services