Updated July 20, 2020.
One of D.C.’s most famous neighborhoods is historic, beautiful, semi-suburban, non-Metro accessible Georgetown! It’s prestigious, pretentious, and one of the most charming spots in D.C.! Take a look at the very best things to see and do in Georgetown.
8. Go Boutique Shopping
Georgetown has a lot of shopping for you, but I’m not impressed with big brands and new-agey stores. What impresses me are all the creative artisans and entrepreneurs who are living their dreams at their shop in Georgetown. You’ll find locally made or personally curated clothing, jewelry, paper goods, tea, coffee, artwork, and more just roaming the side streets of Georgetown!
7. Find All the Murals
Georgetown has some beautiful murals, but the most popular are The Great Wave and The Woman on Just Paper and Tea. Whether you’re seeking them out or stumbling upon them on accident, they’re sure to delight!
For more murals, check out my post on Instagrammable D.C.!
6. Eat Amazing Cupcakes
Georgetown has no shortage of sweets! But they might be most famous for their cupcakes. Not only do we have Georgetown Cupcakes–of TLC fame–we also have a Sprinkles just a few blocks away, and several bakeries like Baked and Wired that serve larger-than-life cupcakes with fun flavors and colorful combos! If you walked to Georgetown, you earned a cupcake. If you Ubered to Georgetown, you have the ability to transport a dozen or so to take with you!
Read on: What to Eat in Georgetown
5. Visit the Old Stone House
It’s the oldest home still standing in all of D.C. (built when this part of D.C. was still Maryland), and it’s FREE to visit! It’s run by the National Park Service and is undergoing a bit of restoration at the moment, but there is still some information for you to see and a gift shop to peruse until the furniture returns. Pop in for a look–it’s right on M Street!
4. Visit Tudor Place
This beautiful home in Georgetown was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and stayed in the family through six generations, spanning over 175 years! It’s been open to the public for tours since 1988. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm (last tour at 3:00pm), Sunday Noon-4:00pm (last tour at 3:00pm); closed Mondays and the entire month of January. Tours begin on the hour and last approximately 50 minutes. Tours are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, students, children, and members of the military, and tours are only $1 the whole month of February!
3. Visit Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Garden
Dumbarton Oaks is a stunning estate dating from 1801. It underwent significant renovations in 1920 when the Bliss family took it over. They donated the building to Harvard University in 1940 as a research institute. It’s currently an art museum and historic property. Admission to the museum and the winter garden (November 1-March 14) is FREE and open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30am-5:30pm. Admission to the garden from March 15-October 31 is $10.
2. Check Out the C&O Canal
This is another National Park Service site, and it’s a 184.5-mile path for runners, cyclists, and more! In its day, this was a lifeline for people and businesses living along the Potomac River farther inland. Now its a scenic spot right in the heart of Georgetown.
1. Explore the Waterfront
Speaking of scenic, walk downhill just a couple of blocks to enjoy the waterfront! You’ll find parks, a beautiful boardwalk, restaurants, and even an ice skating rink in the winter months!
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