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Georgetown: Washington DC’s Best-kept Secret

11 Jul 2017

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When people travel to Washington DC they usually head straight for some of the stunning memorials and monuments by taking a stroll along the National Mall which includes points of interest like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The city is also filled with some of the best museums in the world with over 200 to choose from such as the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Gallery of Art and the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum However if you’re in town make sure not to miss one of Washington DC’s most historic and resultantly beautiful neighbourhoods, Georgetown, located just next to the Potomac River.

We’ve put together a list of all some of the best things to see and do in Georgetown from cupcake tasting to the house where John F. Kennedy lived with Jackie before he became president.

Try The Famous Georgetown Cupcakes

Is there a more fulfilling sweet treat than the not-so-humble cupcake? When it comes to sourcing gourmet food in Georgetown, cupcakes are the neighbourhood speciality. Top of the list of cupcake bakeries is the famous Georgetown Cupcakes which bakes up its whimsical creations fresh every day.

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Queue outside Georgetown Cupcakes
Georgetown Cupcakes can be quite popular with visitors so make sure to get there early.

Walk Along The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal abbreviated as the C&O Canal and occasionally called the "Grand Old Ditch," was in operation from 1831 until 1924. The canal's main cargo was coal from the Allegheny Mountains, however, is now kept as a beautiful national historical park, with a lovely trail that follows the old towpath.

The grassy areas either side of the canal also make for the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a Georgetown Cupcake.

Shop Until You Drop On M Street Northwest

All of the most preppy Georgetown ladies who lunch head straight for M Street Northwest to shop at the likes of Alice & Olivia, Calypso St. Barth, Billy Reid, Intermix and Bluemercury.

For a cooler downtown vibe, the locals know to head to Rag & Bone, All Saints, Madewell and Relish for the likes of Proenza Schouler and Dries Van Noten.

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Travel Associates The quaint Georgetown architecture isn't bad to look at while you shop either.
The quaint architecture isn't bad to look at while you shop either.

See The Former Homes Of John F. Kennedy And Julia Child

Explore the historical Georgetown neighbourhood which has throughout the years housed a fair few notable residents including two former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John F.

Kennedy (3307 N Street, in a Federal-style rowhouse) plus Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor and chef Julia Child.

Eat A Giant Cupcake At The Local - Baked & Wired

By ‘local’ we mean local cupcake bakery because it’s clearly a trend in this part of town and like your local bar, every local must have their local cupcake shop.

Get Schooled At Georgetown University

Georgetown is home to the main campus of the famous Georgetown University, one of the toughest colleges to be accepted into in the US. It also boasts one of the most architecturally beautiful campuses in the country featuring collegiate Gothic architecture and Georgian brick architecture.

College basketball is a big deal in the US between the months of November to April, another fun thing to do while you’re in town is to see the Georgetown University Hoyas Basketball team play on their home turf. Tickets are open to the public but just make sure you’re wearing the right colours (hint: blue and grey).

Play Bocce at Pinstripes

This institution of Italian-American gourmet food is the best place in town to both knock over some bowling pins as well as roll a bocce or two.

The restaurant features a huge bowling alley including 14 bowling lanes and six bocce courts in a colossal 32,000 square foot space that borders the canal.

Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.