Welcome to Georgetown
Picturesque neighborhood steeped in history
Founded in 1751, Georgetown has a storied history. Included in the inventory of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood is home to a portion of the C&O Canal, a National Park that spans 184 miles.
Federalist architecture dominates here, and the cobblestone streets are filled with many brick and frame row houses and grand estates dating back to the mid-1700s.
Both Georgetown and George Washington Universities are located here, and the combined student population of this city nears 45,000.
What to Love
- Steeped in national history
- Federalist architecture and cobblestone streets
- Home to two world-renowned universities
People & Lifestyle
Georgetown is home to a large population of students, but many young professionals and politicians also reside here. Ample green space serves as a haven for runners and cyclists, and a variety of restaurants and cultural institutions are the preferred venues for recreation.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Dining options abound in Georgetown. Local favorites include Filomena Ristorante, where the pasta is made in-house, and a menu of hearty Italian classics is served in an upscale setting. Clyde’s of Georgetown is a long-running local chain serving classic American dishes and cocktails. Sequoia DC offers dramatic river views and all-American cuisine, while Farmers Fishers Bakers host farm-inspired American cuisine alongside sushi and posh drinks.
Things to Do
There’s an abundance of culture in Georgetown. Follow the African American Heritage Trail to see the institutions and homes of Herring Hill, a 15-block area of easternmost Georgetown that was a home for families migrating to Washington after the Civil War.
There’s also a Kennedy Walking Tour, where you can retrace the footsteps of Georgetown’s most famous residents, John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy.
At Blues Alley, the oldest continuously operated jazz supper club in America, you’ll find tributes to major jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Georgetown is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Hyde-Addison Elementary School, PK-5
- Georgetown Montessori, 20 months-age 6
- Holy Trinity School, PK-8