Historic Georgetown Architecture Tour

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Established fifty years before the Capital, Georgetown began as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River, described by Abigail Adams as a "dirty little hole". Despite its modest start, Georgetown is now home to palatial mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately churches, and a world-class University. We'll explore the highlights and secrets of DC's most exclusive neighborhood, discussing architecture, history, scandal, and more. By the end of the tour, we'll see Georgetown's full transformation in this rags to riches tale.

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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 19, 2022
I'm a teacher at a Northern Virginia high school and I took my students on the Georgetown walking tour as an end of the year field trip to tie into our Urbanization Unit. The students and adults all had a great time! Carolyn is both personable and knowledgeable. I've done a couple different tours with them and they're consistently good. I'm a local and have been to Georgetown a million times but having a guide makes the neighborhood come to life.
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 11, 2022
What a perfect introduction to DC! Sam's lighthearted and fun personality made this detailed tour even more enjoyable. At a little over 2 hours, this was the perfect amount of time to see a wide range of neighborhoods and to get familiar with the area. I appreciated the little details and was glad we veered of the beaten path to see unique spots. Highly recommend!!
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
November 1, 2021
Excellent overview of Georgetown's history and some of its architecturally interesting buildings. Christine was a well-informed and engaging guide and the tour was just the right length.
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About This Deal

Our tour begins outside the favorite coffee/dessert shop for Georgetown locals, Baked & Wired. Grab a snack and let's go exploring! We'll start at the C&O Canal, getting an overview of the storied history of Georgetown. Then we'll peek inside the oldest building in Washington DC, before leaving the main drag to explore the neighborhood. We'll stroll along cobble stone streets, discussing the homes of movers and shakers like Jackie Kennedy and Ben Bradley. We'll see imposing mansions, stately churches, and a formerly salacious establishment, before crossing Wisconsin Avenue to the west side of town. Making our way over to Georgetown University and down the Exorcist Steps, we'll wrap up on the banks of the Potomac River at the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront.

Sights we discuss include: 

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Old Stone House

Laird-Dunlop House

Newton D. Baker House

Lydia English Seminary School for Girls

Grafton Tyler Double House

Christ Episcopal Church

Hyde-Addison School

Yellow Tavern

Pomander Walk

Volta Labratory

Georgetown Prepatory School

Georgetown University Healy Hall

Georgetown University Library

The Tombs

Georgetown Car Barn

Francis Scott Key Memorial

Cady's Alley

Georgetown Waterfront

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Local guide

  • Gratuities

Departure Point
Baked & Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

Departure Time
10:00 AM

2 hours

Return Details
Georgetown Waterfront Park, 3303 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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