Georgetown

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Georgetown featuring street scenes, a house and a city

Discover some of Washington’s oldest buildings, upscale shops and vibrant nightlife in this elegant riverside suburb.

Slip back in time as you enter the cobbled streets of Georgetown, one of D.C.’s oldest areas and now a National Historic Landmark. Established in 1751 along the banks of the Potomac River, the suburb is known for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture, including Georgian stone mansions and brick row houses.

To help you on a self-guided wander, pick up a map and pocket guide from the Georgetown Visitor Center on Thomas Jefferson Street. In summer, the center offers a free walking tour daily at noon. It will take you to landmarks such as The Old Stone House. Built in 1765, it’s Washington’s oldest, unchanged building. It’s now a public museum with rooms furnished in middle-class colonial style. See where America’s founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams dined at the City Tavern Club. At Tudor Place House and Garden, see more than 8,000 pieces of art and furniture, some of which date back to the 1700s, then stroll through the 5.5 acres (two hectares) of beautifully landscaped gardens. Also of note is the Custom House and Post Office, one of the first to be built in America.

Not far from the visitor center is the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal. Take a leisurely one-hour ride on a replica 18th-century boat drawn by mules that walk along on towpaths. The 184.5-mile (296-kilometer) canal goes from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland. It was built to transport wood, coal and goods as an alternative route to the Potomac River, which runs parallel to the canal. Walk or cycle along a portion of the towpath to see historic aqueducts, lock houses and mills.

Georgetown University, America’s oldest Catholic university, is located about two miles (three kilometers) from downtown Washington. Founded in 1789, Georgetown University includes former U.S. President Bill Clinton among its notable alumni.

Georgetown is rich with historic landmarks, but it’s also a good place to shop and dine in upscale boutiques and restaurants, especially along Wisconsin and M streets. As an alternative, go to the Georgetown Waterfront Park for a relaxing meal as you look over the Potomac River.

Georgetown is about a 12-minute drive just to the north west of downtown Washington. There are various buses that go to Georgetown from downtown, including the DC Circulator, the D6 and the S4. From the National Mall catch the 36 from the corner of NW 7th and NW Constitution Avenue.


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Georgetown Inn
Georgetown Inn
3.5 out of 5
1310 Wisconsin Ave Nw, Washington, DC
The price is CA $171 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Georgetown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Embassy of Cameroon, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. George Washington University ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"Loved it! Will definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Georgetown Inn
The Graham Georgetown
The Graham Georgetown
4 out of 5
1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC
The price is CA $328 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Georgetown, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Georgetown University and Kennedy Center. Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (835 reviews)
"Great people and service."

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021

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Rosewood Washington, D.C.
Rosewood Washington, D.C.
5 out of 5
1050 31st St Nw, Washington, DC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $683 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
This family-friendly Washington hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Georgetown Waterfront Park, Georgetown University, and George Washington ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (134 reviews)
"The room amenities were of the highest quality."

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2021

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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
5 out of 5
3100 South St NW, Washington, DC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $555 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Located in Georgetown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Georgetown Waterfront Park, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. National ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (215 reviews)
"Liked everything but the lobby and elevator floors were separated. Confusing"

Reviewed on Nov. 11, 2021

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
5 out of 5
2800 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC
The price is CA $893 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Located in Georgetown, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University and George Washington University Hospital. Georgetown University ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (147 reviews)
"Great location, great service, all around just a lovely hotel!"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
The Georgetown House
The Georgetown House
3 out of 5
1061 31st ST NW, Washington, DC
The price is CA $171 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Georgetown, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Georgetown Waterfront Park, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. National ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (310 reviews)
"Great spot with every detail thoughtfully taken care of. Cool canal just outside the room."

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2021

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