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Georgetown

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Free admission
Washington D.C.

The Basics

The historic district of Georgetown technically predates the nation’s capital: It was founded in 1751, some 50 years before the District of Columbia. The heart of the neighborhood is the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, now packed with glamorous storefronts and chef-driven restaurants. All around are multimillion-dollar townhomes, marked by 18th- and 19th-century architecture and tales of famous owners (such as the Kennedys). Then there’s the popular Georgetown Waterfront, home to buzzing outdoor cafés and a scenic Potomac River promenade.

Georgetown’s historic roots and bespoke charms offer the perfect afternoon excursion for DC visitors. For an in-depth experience of the area and its storied roots, book a guided walking tour; typically these include such sites as the C&O Canal, a bucolic waterway that was once an active center of commerce and transportation, and Georgetown University, which counts Bill Clinton and Bradley Cooper among its illustrious alumni. If you’re limited on time, many private and small-group DC tours stop in the neighborhood as well, as do hop-on hop-off buses.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Good haunted Washington DC tour
Orland_Y, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Our guide dressed up in period costume and had many stories of the haunts around Washington DC. He was good at leading our group of about 15 people and the people that arrived late after he had concluded the tour and turned most of us loose he continued the tour for the late persons giving them the stories that they missed. I consider that going above the Call of Duty.
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Fun way to learn some history of Georgetown.
Kimberly_P, Feb 2021
Historic Georgetown Walking Tour
Rebecca was a wonderful tour guide. She was interesting to listen to, knowledgable about Georgetown and ver personable. We loved hearing the back stories about the homes. There is about an hour and a half of walking involved and the brick sidewalks of Georgetown are not very accessible to anyone who has mobility issues. Other than that, I highly recommend this tour.
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Great historical fun
Eric_S, May 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Wish we could have gone into or closer to the places the guide talked about; Not the company's fault at all. It could have been longer and they could have taken us to alternative haunted places that were more accessible. All in all a great time with lots of history explained.
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Great Tour
Johanna_R, May 2021
Historic Georgetown Walking Tour
Our tour guide Rebecca was wonderful, bringing history to life. She is a wonderful storyteller and top-notch guide.
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Beautiful afternoon
janet_s, Apr 2021
Historic Georgetown Walking Tour
Great tour for myself and my teenage daughter. Colin was very personable and informative. A great way to spend the afternoon
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History of Georgetown
ROBIN_D, Feb 2020
Tastes of Georgetown: Food & History Tour
Great walking tour. Learned a lot and sampled some local food. Highly recommend for anyone going to Georgetown
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Food and History - A Great Combination!
Larry S, Nov 2019
Tastes of Georgetown: Food & History Tour
Our tour guide Eli provided an excellent history and culinary experience on our recent walking tour of Georgetown. This was our first visit to Washington and we had a great time learning about some of the history of Georgetown (and early Washington) as well as having the opportunity to taste a variety of culinary treats. We often do food tours when visiting a city that is new to us and this did not disappoint.
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Awesome
Climber19310018851, Oct 2019
Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk
Marsha was the perfect host. Georgetown is even better on foot and the iconic restaurants were perfect. Even the rain could not dampen this fun day.thank you for a great experience. We would definitely recommend this to our friends😊
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Great food an experience
MonicaG4720, Nov 2019
Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk
I greatly enjoyed this tour and the experience. My tour guide was phenomenal and the food was amazing. Would definitely recommend this tour.
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It was a great time!
Tina_S, Jan 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Anna was great! She’s really committed to her role! She was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and I learned a lot. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family!
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Night Time Event Well Spent
Drew_M, Sep 2020
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Samuel Chase did an incredible job describing the history of DC, and provided some of the most well researched and factual scary stories that took place there. I could have listened for another 10-12 hours!
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Great tour!
Susanbush2019, Oct 2019
Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk
Alan was very knowledgeable and did a good job. The food portions were more than I expected ...enough for lunch and dinner...and it was delicious! I reccomend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • History buffs and families alike will appreciate a leisurely afternoon in Georgetown.

  • Many of the sidewalks are made of (sometimes uneven) cobblestones; come prepared with comfy walking shoes.

  • Many cafés, bakeries, and other comfy local establishments offer free Wi-Fi.

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How to Get There

Georgetown is accessible by car (there are more than 20 parking garages) and bikeshare service (Capital Bikeshare has eight stations). Public transportation is also available via the DC Metrobus and the DC Circulator bus, which connects tourist destinations within the city. The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom-GWU, a 15-minute walk away, and Rosslyn, located just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown; both are on the blue and orange lines.

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When to Get There

Temperatures and humidity typically soar during summer in Washington DC, while winter can be cold and damp. Late spring and early fall offer the most pleasant weather. This is also when Georgetown University co-eds are back in school, allowing visitors to experience the neighborhood’s collegiate charms.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

A tour of Georgetown isn’t complete without stopping for a delicious treat from Georgetown Cupcake. The original outpost of the nationwide dessert shop, made famous on TLC network’s DC Cupcakes, sells its signature red velvet cupcake—with a vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with a red fondant heart)—and countless other finger-licking flavors at its store on the corner of M and 33rd streets.

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