No, really, that’s the name of the neighborhood! Foggy Bottom is one of the oldest neighborhoods in D.C. You’ll find it on the Blue, Silver, and Orange Metro Lines, but the thing you’ll notice about it first is that George Washington University (GWU) and GW Hospital are located here. The next things you’ll notice are the architecture and the food! But looking a little deeper will reward you with some pretty cool experiences and one-of-a-kind tours. Take a look!
1. Tour the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
If you’re looking for FREE and unique things to do in D.C., this tour is for you! Tours are offered throughout the day, and the guides are all very well-trained and knowledgeable about the history, the art pieces on display, and more! I did this the first summer after I moved up to D.C., and it remains on of my favorite “off the beaten path” things to do. You can walk here or catch the shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from the Foggy Bottom Metro.
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2. Attend a Show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
And while you’re at it, you might as well see a show! Thanks to things like Groupon, Gold Star, and other discount ticket providers, I’ve seen tons of show at the Kennedy Center over the years, including Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and The Lion King! Not sure you can afford a ticket? Never fear! The Kennedy Center offers a 100% FREE show every night at 6:00! Shows range from military bands to school-age singing ensembles to dance to full-on orchestra performances. Check their Millennium Stage Calendar for the list of what’s coming when you visit.
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3. Tour the U.S. State Department
This is one of the most unique tours in the District! It was a fascinating mix of international intrigue, history, and artwork. Tours are free but must be booked in advance. Check out my step-by-step guide to visiting and touring the facility for yourself!
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4. Stay at the Watergate Hotel (or Just Peek Inside!)
No really, you can stay here. And yes, actually, it’s that Watergate Hotel! Get caught up in the scandal and just pop in for a peek if you want. You’ll also find shops and restaurants here that you’re welcome to peruse even if you’re not staying here!
5. Eat Like a Hipster
Because GWU is located here, there are a ton of hipster restaurants around to try. It’s a fun place to try something new and trendy. Foodies, put it on your list! Stay tuned for a whole post about what to eat in Foggy Bottom!
Still hungry? Check out What to Eat in Foggy Bottom!
6. Explore Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890, and it spans 1,800 acres across Northwest D.C. You’ll see runners, cyclists, people walking dogs, dogs walking people, people on horseback rides, etc. It’s a beautiful path and green space in an otherwise bustling city.
7. Sit a While at Washington Circle
Washington Circle is just a block away from the Foggy Bottom Metro station and close to several restaurants. It’s a perfect meeting spot and a pretty place for a picnic!
Are you ready to make your way to Foggy Bottom? Check out my Washington, D.C. Page for everything to do in D.C.!
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