Private Walking Tour of Historic Georgetown in Washington DC

Travel Curious3150 M St NWWashington DC, DC 20007
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Hear about the happenings and the people who walked the streets of Georgetown! This neighborhood is known for its trendy shops, beautiful parks, and preserved federalist architecture that has withstood the test of time.Guests on this tour will enjoy strolling through historic homes while learning about its gritty beginnings and now flourishing communities!

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • See the preserved Georgetown Neighborhood, the C&O Canal, and more!
  • Tour is approx. 3 hours.
  • Tour is suitable for history buffs of all ages.
  • Food & drinks are not included on this tour. Additional fees may apply.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.
  • Touring Georgetown University is not included in this tour.
  • Sites will only be toured on the outside.


from Historic Georgetown: Private Half-Day Walking Tour
On this leisurely walking tour, you will be immersed in one of the most historically significant parts of Washington D.C., known for its wealth of historic buildings and graceful way of life. Delve into Georgetown's colonial and Federal period history with a private guide, who will bring to life stories of long-standing traditions, high society and world politics.

On your historic Georgetown walking tour, you will:
  • Stroll the cobblestone pavements and admire the historic C&O Canal
  • Walk along tree-lined streets past some of the city's most famous homes
  • Discover a host of iconic names that have resided in the neighborhood - including John F and Jackie Kennedy, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor, and chef Julia Child
  • Marvel at the pre-Revolutionary buildings and admire architecture that dates from after 1800 that is preserved by the National Park Service
  • Learn about the neighborhood’s post-Civil War flourishing African American community, its early 20th-century slump and its ascent to the it-place of DC in the 1950s
  • Learn about young JFK and see the tavern booth where he proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier
  • Stroll the historic Georgetown campus, and learn about the relationship between the school and the rest of the city

Described as a “dirty little hole” by Abigail Adams, the former First Lady of the United States, Georgetown had humble beginnings: as a working port, on the banks of the slurry-filed Potomac River. Named after King George II, and founded in 1751, Georgetown served as a depot for the collection and shipment of military supplies during the Revolution.

A textile factory, paper mill, grain stores and more flour mills were added and when the capital was established to the east, Georgetown's character became more distinct. Georgetown became renowned as a fashionable quarter of the capital, drawing visitors from all over the world and becoming part of Washington City in 1871.

After the Civil War, large numbers of freed slaves migrated to Georgetown and a thriving African American community flourished, establishing businesses and neighborhoods. However, by the 1890s, the area had undergone a drastic decline and in the aftermath of World War I, it was considered one of Washington's worst slums.

However, within a generation, the trend had all but completely reversed. When a young Senator John F. Kennedy resided in the neighborhood in the 1950s, Georgetown was the place to be and be seen.

Home to world-class shopping, rich history, five-star restaurants and one of the world’s best universities - in fact, the university for anyone looking to enter a career in Washington - Georgetown is a neighborhood that simply cannot be missed.

  • A friendly, professional English-speaking tour guide for your own private group
  • Plenty of time to take photos of your favorite places

  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Tickets to attractions
  • Transportation
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Frequently Asked Questions about Historic Georgetown: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Historic Georgetown private walking tour at entrance to Capital One Café located at 3150 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Historic Georgetown is approximately 3 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for history buffs of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Historic Georgetown?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) C&O Canal and along its beautiful cobblestone pavements (2) Famous homes in the community and discovering the usual haunts of iconic American figures like John F and Jackie Kennedy, Alexander Graham Bell and more (3) The outside of some pre-Revolutionary buildings that dates back to the 1800's (4) The Georgetown campus located in the area and home to some of the nation's greatest minds and history

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in this private half day walking tour of Historic Georgetown.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near the departure point. One of which is the Colonial Parking Garage which charges according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advice on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the Historic Georgetown tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.