Foggy BottomWashington

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One of Washington’s oldest districts is now an upscale urban neighborhood, home to important government buildings as well as a lively student and arts community.

The Foggy Bottom district, named for the fogs that collect above the Potomac River, was settled in the 1760s as a community of laborers and factory workers. Today it’s an urban residential district as well as a hub of iconic government buildings, including the US Department of State, the offices of the President and Vice President and a number of international embassies. The area has become so affiliated with State matters that the name Foggy Bottom is often used to mean the US Department of State.

While much of what happens in Foggy Bottom is Federal business and occurs behind firmly closed doors, there is still plenty to keep visitors happily occupied. Fans of political history can see the Watergate complex, site of the infamous Watergate burglaries that were the catalyst in President Nixon’s downfall.

Foggy Bottom is also an entertainment and cultural center of D.C. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, one of the world’s premier arts venues, opened in 1971 and hosts more than 2,000 music, comedy, dance and theater performances each year. Head to the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. for a free nightly performance. Not far away is the Cocoran Gallery of Art, which houses an extensive collection of American art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as masterpieces from Rembrandt, Degas, Monet and Picasso. There’s also a whimsical collection of outdoor sculptures throughout the neighborhood.

Foggy Bottom has been the site of the George Washington University campus since 1912, and the large population of students ensures that the area’s bars, restaurants and accommodations are not geared solely towards visiting dignitaries and diplomats. Catch the sunset and the best views of the nation’s capital from the P.O.V. (Point of View) Rooftop Lounge at the W Hotel.

Foggy Bottom’s location, between the National Mall to the south and Georgetown to the northwest, makes it a great base from which to explore the city. You can catch the MetroRail to Foggy Bottom from Federal Triangle Metro Station, or the L1 bus from Chevy Chase Circle stop.

Top Hotels in Foggy Bottom

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel
5 out of 5
2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC
CA $231
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30

Located in Foggy Bottom, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kennedy Center and Georgetown Waterfront Park. Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,396 reviews)

"Perfect in every way! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for the best of the best!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

The Watergate Hotel
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
4 out of 5
2430 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC
CA $133
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Foggy Bottom, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University. Georgetown ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,104 reviews)

"The location of the property was great, you could easily access different food and clothing shops near by."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
Hotel Hive
Hotel Hive
3.5 out of 5
2224 F Street NW, Washington, DC
CA $100
per night
Jan 10 - Jan 11

Located in Foggy Bottom, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Watergate Complex, George Washington University and George Washington University Hospital. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (802 reviews)

"What did I like ? Everything ! And, the Pizza shop next door"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019

Hotel Hive
Hotel Lombardy
Hotel Lombardy
4 out of 5
2019 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC
CA $138
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Foggy Bottom, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University and George Washington University Hospital. White House ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,236 reviews)

"Proximity to White House and Points of interest. The foyer was well presented and the staff was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2019

Hotel Lombardy
The River Inn
The River Inn
3.5 out of 5
924 25th St NW, Washington, DC
CA $106
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Located in Foggy Bottom, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Watergate Complex and George Washington University Hospital. George Washington University and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,137 reviews)

"Location is very convenient to sightseeing or jogging in the morning."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019

The River Inn
ARC THE.HOTEL, Washington DC
ARC THE.HOTEL, Washington DC
3 out of 5
824 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington, DC
CA $108
per night
Jan 10 - Jan 11

Located in Foggy Bottom, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Watergate Complex and George Washington University Hospital. George Washington University and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,022 reviews)

"The staff is amazing. Good location and good quality."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

ARC THE.HOTEL, Washington DC

Popular things to do in Foggy Bottom

White House
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White House

4/5(369 reviews)

Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.

Washington Monument
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Washington Monument

4.5/5(324 reviews)

Centerpiece of the National Mall, America’s tribute to the country’s founding father stirs the soul while offering superb views from the top.

Lincoln Memorial
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Lincoln Memorial

4.5/5(332 reviews)

Epic words, exceptional architecture, and an inspirational view combine in this stirring tribute to America’s 16th president.

Top activities in Foggy Bottom

Segway Tour of Capital Sites
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Segway Tour of Capital Sites

CA $86

Span the 2 miles of the National Mall in 2 hours as you roll along on your Segway. Ogle one of the world's most famous mansions, the 132-roomed White House. Snap a few photos as you envy the first lady's access to 25 bathrooms and 69 closets.

Monuments & Memorials Segway Tour
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Monuments & Memorials Segway Tour

CA $100

Sweep through the nation’s capital on a modern and stylish Segway. On this guided tour you cruise pass many of Washington D.C.’s national landmarks as you learn about enticing history from an expert guide. Take to the streets for a 2-wheeled adventure filled with history and fun.

Segway Tour of National Mall & Memorials
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Segway Tour of National Mall & Memorials

CA $100

Glide around the District of Columbia seeing more than 7 national treasures in just a fraction of the time compared with walking. After your 30-minute orientation, step onto your own Segway to begin your tour of the National Mall.

Washington, DC Bike Tour
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Washington, DC Bike Tour

CA $56

Pedal your way through Washington, D.C. to see the city’s most famous sites and magnificent monuments on a guided bike tour. Whether it’s your first time in the capital or you’re a D.C.

Private Bike Tour of Washington, DC
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Private Bike Tour of Washington, DC

CA $99

Get an exclusive private bike tour through the National Mall and beyond! If you are looking for a bike tour experience catered to your family, or small group, this is the perfect way to take in the best sites Washington, DC has to offer at your own pace.

DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi
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DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi

CA $65

Named “Washington's Best Tour” by the Washingtonian Magazine, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the Nation's Capitol. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C.

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