A Day In Georgetown


Cultural explorer

C&O Canal National Historical Park

Head to the historic C&O canal trail for a morning run or walk along the Potomac River. This old historic canal connects the Chesapeake to the Ohio River.

Cafe Bonaparte

Grab a breakfast of omelets or crepes at this quaint European cafe. The off-the-menu nutella latte is excellent for someone with an early sweet tooth. Alternatively, Kafe Leopold (a modern Viennese style coffeehouse) and Farmers Fishers Bakers (casual first bake on weekdays, brunch buffet on weekends) both serve up delicious breakfasts.

Georgetown University

Take a quick walk past the front gates at 37th & O st to view the beautiful architecture of this historic university founded in 1789.

The Exorcist Stairs

Located at 36th and Prospect St, this extreme set of stairs was featured in The Exorcist. If you're feeling fit, run a few sets or do some quick pull-ups at the bottom.


Pick up a quick salad or froyo at Sweetgreen, an a la carte salad shop that sources local produce and ingredients.

Shopping on Wisconsin and M st

M st features all the most popular stores you could want, as well as some small boutiques. Make sure to check out the brand new, huge J.Crew on M and Vineyard Vines up Wisconsin for an authentic D.C. prep experience.

Baked & Wired

This trendy cafe is home to the best coffee in Georgetown as well as an excellent array of quirky cupcakes and baked goods. You can't go wrong with any choice there. Don't like coffee? Their iced teas and iced chai lattes are excellent. If you aren't getting baked goods, skip the long weekend line and head inside to the right to place your order. Located on Jefferson St.

Boating in DC - Key Bridge

Jack's Boathouse (located under Key Bridge on Water street) rents out kayaks and paddle boards. The monuments can be a bit far from this point, but head downstream to check out the eerily calm Roosevelt Island or upstream toward peaceful rocks and nature.

Aqueduct Bridge

This bridge ruin is a hidden gem of Georgetown and a perfect place to watch the sunset over the Potomac river. Look down and to the left and you'll see the prestigious Potomac Boat Club, home to some Olympic rowers. Directions: At 34th and M st, head past the Ukrainian embassy and cross the bridge over the canal. Head west on the path under the overpass. The bridge will be immediately to your left.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

This restaurant on the waterfront is a crowd pleaser with options for all - sushi, tacos, gumbo, burgers... Order strategically because appetizers and dessert are some of the best this restaurant has to offer. Take some time while waiting on reservations or a post-food coma walk down the waterfront boardwalk and toward the park.

The Tombs

Consistently rated one of the best college bars, The Tombs is a rustic rowing themed basement bar/restaurant. A great place sit in a booth and enjoy a pitcher or tear it up on their small, but lively dance floor. Warning: past age 22 you may be one of the oldest inside.

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse

This fratty bar has a love-hate relationship with many Washingtonians - head inside and decide where you fall! Other bars: Ri Ra Irish Pub, Old Glory, Mason Inn.