Georgetown - A Washington, DC Neighborhood Guide

Townhouses in Georgetown

TripSavvy / Victoria Chamberlain

Georgetown, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC, served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times because of its prime location on the Potomac River. Today, it is a vibrant community with upscale shops, bars and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Many of the homes along the tree-lined streets are 200 year-old restored row houses with beautiful gardens.

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Location: Georgetown is located in Washington, DC north of the Potomac River just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The main thoroughfares are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The neighborhood extends from Georgetown University to the west to Rock Creek Parkway to the east to Montrose Park and Oak Hill Cemetery to the north. See a Map

Transportation and Parking: Georgetown is not accessible by Metrorail. You can get to this historic neighborhood by taking the DC Circulator Bus using the Georgetown/Union Station or Rosslyn/Georgetown/Dupont Circle lines.
See a guide to parking garages and lots in Georgetown.

A wall covered in vines with a white door opening to a garden in Dumbarton Oaks
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Major Attractions in Georgetown

See also, Top 10 Things to Do in Georgetown

Dining and Nightlife

Georgetown has many fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Mediterranean, to French or Latin American fare. See a guide to Georgetown's Best Restaurants. The historic neighborhood has a variety of bars and is known as one of Washington DC’s best destinations for dining and nightlife. You’ll find everything from singles hotspots to romantic wine bars to lively collegiate gathering places.

Georgetown Waterfront

In recent years the waterfront has been developed with upscale condominiums, offices and restaurants. Georgetown Waterfront Park was just completed, adding a peaceful place to relax and enjoy shade, flowering trees and a view of the Potomac River. Read more about Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Sightseeing Tours

A variety of Georgetown sightseeing tours are available including walking tours, scenic canal boat rides, historic celebrity tours and more.

Major Annual Events in Georgetown

Community Websites & Resources
Georgetown Business Improvement District

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