Georgetown

Although Georgetown is old enough to be an antique, it maintains a youthful, modern appeal.

Georgetown is so immaculate, it’s difficult to find cracks in its sidewalks. Brightly colored awnings swing above the couture cupcake shops and dog biscuit bakeries that shade its idyllic main street. Off Georgetown’s bustling thoroughfare, historic row homes (and historically rowdy frat houses) tuck themselves into cobblestoned hills. Even though the neighborhood is older than DC itself, Georgetown manages to feel young with help from its nearby university students.

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On the Map

Georgetown is bordered by Foxhall, Colony Hill, Burleith, Kalorama, Glover Park, Dupont Circle, Berkley, Foggy Bottom, and Woodley Park

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Reagan National Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic or 28 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 8 minutes by public transit

Scholarly Charm in a Historic Setting

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Established in 1751, Georgetown somehow remains feeling young.

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Students from nearby Georgetown University enliven cobblestone streets that are older than their great-grandfathers.

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Ice cream parlors, cupcakeries, cafes, and boutiques nestle into Georgetown's little nooks.

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When you need a break from the storefronts along M Street, find serenity along the Potomac.

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A multimillion dollar neighborhood. The brick sidewalks and large trees are something to be cherished in DC."

Devoted to Georgetown's Independent Businesses

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Residents, DC locals, and tourists take advantage of Georgetown's popular shopping district.

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Although big-name labels are well-represented, artisanal eateries and intimate boutiques find their place along M and Wisconsin Streets, too.

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Georgetown is DC's unofficial cupcake capital.

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Like most university towns, there's great coffee to go with late-night studying and early morning meet-ups.

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Ideal shopping meets an idyllic setting.

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Literally can not get any better for seeing Washington DC. There's always great things happening in Georgetown and if you want to get anywhere else, [there's the] DC Circulator bus."

Alexander

Visited in 2013

Prestige Fortified Through Tradition

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Georgetown is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic University in the United States.

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College campus or Hogwarts? Either way, the university's magic shines through in its Gothic and Georgian architecture.

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Life Along the River at the C & O Canal

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The C & O Canal Towpath blends 185 miles of trails with 19th century cobblestone locks.

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Take an al fresco adventure.

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If you're in the mood for the big river, you can kayak the Potomac.

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Paddle on the waters of "The Nation's River," where General Robert E. Lee twice invaded the North.

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The Residential Side of Georgetown

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Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, and John F. Kennedy once called Georgetown home.

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We are down the street from three John F. Kennedy landmarks: Billy Martin's Tavern, where he proposed to Jackie; the house where he announced his candidacy for President; and the house he lived in as a Senator."

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As the Light Fades, Heads Toward the Potomac

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Sweeping vistas of the city greet visitors along the riverside.

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During the warmer months, the waterfront welcomes people to sip cocktails under the lights.

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Getting To and From Georgetown

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Driving in Georgetown can be a nightmare, and the neighborhood is notorious for not having a Metro stop.

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Luckily, it's a lovely walk to public transit in nearby Foggy Bottom.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.

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