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View of the skyline of Georgetown with the Potomac River

10+ Photo-Worthy Spots in Georgetown

Bring your camera to capture the iconic sights of this historic DC neighborhood.

If there’s one thing Georgetown has on lock, it’s gorgeous scenery. Between the rows of historic townhouses, the peaceful C&O Canal, the hidden alleyways and the scenic vista of the Potomac River, the neighborhood's charm practically beg to be documented. Whether you are looking for the ultimate share-worthy shot or the perfect backdrop to film a TikTok, read on for Georgetown's most iconic sights.

Start off north of downtown Georgetown in the charming area known as Book Hill, located along Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road. Explore small, independent boutiques, galleries and restaurants, then take in the panoramic view of Georgetown, the Potomac River and Virginia from Book Hill Park.

 

Tudor Place

In between the row homes of Georgetown you'll also find stunning estate that is Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, as well as Dumbarton Oaks, where it is blissfully easy to get lost among the historic fountains and terraces dotted throughout the manicured grounds. 

 

Next, explore the residential, tree-lined streets of Georgetown. The rows of town houses – many of which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries – brim with history, including some famous former inhabitants. Julia Child taught cooking lessons and tested recipes for her legendary first cookbook while living in the yellow wood-frame house at 2706 Olive Street.  The Kennedy family also has a rich history in Georgetown, including the house in which John F. Kennedy lived while running for president – 3307 N Street.

As you make your way south, don't hesitate to poke in and out of Georgetown's side streets, especially smaller indie storefronts and shops, where wanderers can discover hidden patios and gardens. 

 

A street view of Georgetown with a mix of historical and modern buildings, including a theater with a prominent "GEORGETOWN" sign. Cars and pedestrians are visible on the street.

Reenter Wisconsin to pose below a neighborhood beacon: the red-and-white neon sign. Once upon a time, it drew customers into the Georgetown Theatre, but now it hangs above a Compass Coffee shop. This icon appeared first in 1945, and after some restorations, it shines brightly once again onto the busy street below. Pop inside Compass to see some vintage movie-inspired decor or duck into the alleyway next-door to admire a row of colorful murals. 

 

Turn onto O Street and stop at number 3510 to find a lesser-known mural based on Hokusai’s famous painting. Follow this quiet street a bit further and you'll stumble upon the picturesque campus of Georgetown University.

 

A steep staircase between a stone wall and a red brick building, with lights mounted on the building illuminating the steps.

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Ascend (or better, descend) all 75 of the super-steep infamous Exorcist steps at the corner of 36th and Prospect streets. The steps had their moment of fame as the spot where Father Karras tumbled to his demise in the in the cult horror classic The Exorcist.

 

Now, turn back into more commercial Georgetown to find your next gem. Tucked into an alley just south of M Street, Cady’s Alley is a darling brick walkway lined with design-focused shops. Don't forget to grab an outdoor table at European-inspired Kafe Leopold.

 

Georgetown M St

Stop by Georgetown’s main intersection, where M Street meets Wisconsin Avenue, to see a local landmark anchors: the gold leaf-domed Farmers and Mechanics bank building (now owned by PNC Bank), which was built in the 1920s.

 

Couple walking along the shaded path beside the Georgetown Canal.

If you're ready to escape the crowds of M Street, the towpath that runs along the historic C&O Canal is serene. Continue along the dirt path to the next stop on the quintessential Georgetown photo tour.  

 

Though Georgetown has no shortage of sweet treats – Georgetown Cupcake, Sprinkles, Olivia Macaron and Patisserie Poupon are all solid choices – a trip to the neighborhood isn’t complete without a coffee and a picture-perfect cupcake from local favorite Baked & Wired.

 

View of Georgetown with buildings and trees by the Potomac River.

Lastly, stroll past outdoor dining and boating parties to the edge of Georgetown's waterfront, where you can snap a pic in front of the iconic Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge. Enjoy a moment of peace in the park to conclude your photo tour of this quintessential neighborhood. 

Interested in learning more about Georgetown? Explore all of the fabulous things to do, places to eat and spots to shop

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