Georgetown is one of the oldest sections of DC. It’s so old that George Washington use to kick it here. So it’s not surprising that the area has a lot of historical attractions that are worth visiting.

Three siteseeing activities to do at Georgetown:

1. C & O canal: To tell you the truth, when I first saw the canal during the winter time, I thought it was a sewage gutter and completely didn’t understand the appeal. But I visited it again in the spring and thought it was an endearing little place. This historical canal use to ferry boats carrying mail and other goods. It’s no longer in use for those reasons, but you can still get a glimpse of how the mule-drawn boats worked back in the day. Boat rides are organized by the Georgetown Visitor’s Center. Also, on beautiful days, I like to walk underneath the iron bridges on the dirt paths by the side of the canal. There’s a little poo-skipping, but, hey, it just adds to the historical-y-ness, right? Georgetown Visitor Center: 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC (202) 653-5190. Tours-Wednesday to Sunday for $5.

2. Museums and Embassies: Sitting across from a huge Barnes and Noble, the Old Stone House is easy to miss. It’s nestled between a number of Georgetown stores, but it’s a cute little historical landmark. I passed by it a number of times without realizing that it was the oldest building in DC. There’s also a little lush garden that’s a great escape from shoppers. Afterwards, play a little game of embassy photo-hunt. Georgetown has a number of embassies including Thailand’s and Mongolia’s. Old Stone House- 3051 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007. Free.

3. Architecture and Gardens: How can you come to Georgetown and not visit Georgetown University. Coming from the West Coast, I was in awe with how beautiful these old building were. Okay, East Coast, you have a pretty cool collection of old architecture. Afterwards, take some time to stroll through the gardens at the Tudor Place, the home of a distant relative of old George Washington. Its gardens over look a great view of the Potomac River. Holding the second largest collection of George and Martha’s [Washington] stuff outside of Mount Vernon. I know, so many George- related stuff in DC and so little time. Georgetown University- Western edge of Georgetown; Tudor Place-$6. 1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007. They have some pretty tricky hours. Check their website ahead of time.

Part 1: Enjoying a Leisurely Day in Georgetown

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