Georgetown attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Georgetown

Dumbarton Oaks

The mansion's 27 acres of enchanting formal gardens are straight out of a storybook. The springtime blooms – including heaps of cherry blossoms – are stunning. The mansion itself is worth a walk-through to see exqui…
Cemetery in Georgetown

Oak Hill Cemetery

This 24-acre, obelisk-studded cemetery contains winding walks and 19th-century gravestones set into the hillsides of Rock Creek. It’s a fantastic spot for a quiet walk, especially in spring, when it seems like every…
Park in Georgetown

Georgetown Waterfront Park

This park is a favorite with couples on first dates, families on an evening stroll and power players showing off their yachts. Benches dot the way, where you can sit and watch the rowing teams out on the Potomac Riv…
Historic Site in Georgetown

Old Stone House

Built in 1766 in what was then the British colony of Maryland, the capital's oldest surviving building has been a tavern, a brothel and a boardinghouse (sometimes all at once). Today it's a small museum offering a p…
University in Georgetown

Georgetown University

Georgetown is one of the nation's top universities, with a student body that's equally hard-working and hard-partying. Founded in 1789, it was America’s first Roman Catholic university. Notable Hoya (derived from th…
Museum in Georgetown

Tudor Place

This 1816 neoclassical mansion was owned by Thomas Peter and Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington, and lived in by six generations of her family. Today the manor functions as a small museum, f…
Park in Georgetown

Dumbarton Oaks Park

Next door to Dumbarton Oaks garden, Dumbarton Oaks Park was once part of the estate but is now a public woodland beloved by joggers and dog walkers. Access it via Lovers' Lane (a paved path 200ft east of R and 31st …
Architecture in Georgetown

Healy Hall

Near the Georgetown University campus' east gate, medieval-looking Healy Hall impresses with its tall, Hogwarts-esque clock tower.
Museum in Georgetown

Dumbarton House

Often confused with Dumbarton Oaks (the mansion and gardens), Dumbarton House is a modest Federal-style historic home, constructed by a wealthy family in 1799. Now it’s run by the National Society of the Colonial Da…
Cemetery in Georgetown

Mount Zion Cemetery

The crumbling graveyard dates from the early 1800s. It takes its name from Mt Zion United Methodist Church, which used to be located beside the site. Toppled, overgrown headstones scatter in a forlorn patch of trees…