With its calming waterfront, busy main street, and notable estates, DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood is one of the city’s must-see spots. Here are our top five tips for what to do during your visit.

Relax By The Water

Head over to Georgetown’s stunning harbor, which borders the Potomac River, to rest and relax with a book and a scoop of chocolate ice cream. The harbor, a favorite of tourists and locals alike, is home to restaurants like the sophisticated Fiola Mare as well as more casual spots like The Best Sandwich Place.

Fiola Mare
3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 628-0065

The Best Sandwich Place
1776 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 296-2988

Explore the C&O Canal

Take a stroll by the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, a nineteenth century waterway that runs through Georgetown’s quaint side streets. This walk will give you a sense of Georgetown’s history while also providing you with plenty of photo ops at the picturesque houses and green spaces alongside the watercourse.

Go Shopping on M Street

Another reason why the crowds flock to Georgetown? M Street’s bevy of high-end boutiques and chain stores, including All Saints, Nike, Forever 21, and Francesca’s. Head over here to spend a day combing through the racks and finding the perfect outfit to wear out to dinner.

All Saints
3235 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 595-9828

Nike
3040 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 471-5870

Forever 21
3222 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0219

Francesca’s
3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-3012

While Away The Morning On The  Potomac

Feeling like getting active? Head over to Key Bridge Boathouse, where you can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and then head out for a morning  on the Potomac River You’ll get to put in an intense workout while also seeing DC’s monuments and memorials from a whole new vantage point.

3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-9642

Walk Through Georgetown’s Historic Homes

Given that Georgetown was founded in the eighteenth century and has served as home to numerous U.S. presidents and politicians, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the neighborhood is home to plenty of historic estates and gardens, including Dumbarton Oaks and Tudor Place.

Tudor Place
1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-0400

Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 339-6401