Taking a walk through Washington DC’s elegant Georgetown neighborhood is like venturing back in time. It is easy to imagine colorful historical figures lurking behind the doors of the 200-year-old mansions you pass along the way. A walking tour of Georgetown will transport you to a world of cobblestoned refinement and political intrigue.
Georgetown blends the beauty of grand homes, tree-lined streets, and old-fashioned charm with the lure of sassy storefronts, independent eateries, and modern charm. The sweeping panoramas of the Virginia and DC skylines are the perfect backdrop to the vibrant waterfront cafes and quirky shops.
The neighborhood still maintains the manicured green spaces and well-preserved architecture once cherished by President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, who made their home in its midst. Generations of movers and shakers since the 1700s have made their fortunes and left their legacies there.
DC by Foot is a young walking tour company providing animated guides who teach the history of the area, entertain, and offer creative narratives for a one-of-a-kind experience. There are 21 different types of tours available, all led by knowledgeable and educated guides.
The Georgetown walking tour starts at the Georgetown Waterfront Park and lasts approximately two hours, covering an intriguing two miles. The focus of the tour is on the historic buildings, churches, taverns, and houses still able to conjure up the secrets of days gone by.
The tour includes walk-bys and discussion of several prominent historic sites. The guides will share interesting facts and tidbits about each building’s place in the community’s development. The Old Stone House, a pre-Revolutionary War home and one of the oldest in Washington DC, and the Tudor Place Mansion with its spectacular gardens are highlights of the tour.
You will also visit historic churches, the iconic Georgetown University, and the notable Martin’s Tavern, where presidents have been served since Harry S Truman was in office. DC by Foot also hosts a year-round Ghosts of Georgetown tour where scary stories and bumps in the night add some spicy fun.