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Georgetown: Ghost Story Walking Tour

1. Georgetown: Ghost Story Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Old Stone House and begin the walking tour through this pre-revolutionary town with many dark secrets.  Stroll among the historic streets, manicured gardens, and Victorian row houses as you hear stories and deep, dark secrets about DC’s finest neighborhood's forgotten past. End the tour at the Exorcist Stairs featured in the film The Exorcist, which are further down M Street NW from the starting point. This is a family-friendly tour.

Washington, DC: Georgetown Architecture Walking Tour

2. Washington, DC: Georgetown Architecture Walking Tour

Set at a leisurely pace, this guided walking tour includes Georgetown’s most iconic spots. Marvel at historic architecture while you learn about the neighborhood from your guide. Make your way to a centrally located meeting point in Georgetown and meet your guide to start your walking tour. Learn about a series of historic destinations as you walk. First, follow your guide to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which connects the Potomac River communities with markets and goods. See the Laird-Dunlop House, Newton D. Baker House, and Lydia English Seminary School for Girls, a boarding school that served the upper class. Hear the story of the Grafton Tyler Double House, pass the Christ Episcopal Church, and see the Hyde-Addison School. Visit the historic Yellow Tavern, also called the White Horse Tavern, then follow Pomander Walk past tiny, pastel row houses. Later, see where Alexander Graham Bell founded Volta Laboratory, and take in a series of academic destinations: Georgetown Preparatory School, Healy Hall, and the University Library. Get a look at campus nightlife at The Tombs, then visit the Car Barn, a renovated streetcar depot. Continue to the Francis Scott Key Memorial, Cady’s Alley, and finally the Georgetown Waterfront, where your tour will conclude.

Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

3. Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

Georgetown was key to the founding of the nation’s capital and was a place of bitter contention during the Civil War. It’s a site of political scandal and mysterious deaths, as well as a hotspot for Cold War, WW2, and current espionage. It’s a perfect place for a walking tour of scandal, murder, misbehavior, and intrigue--all surrounded by some of the nation's finest architecture and bistros. The tour starts off with the most haunted home in America and the tragic deaths of the officials who lived there. It will then move on to the strangest home in America, built by a man convinced he'd live forever, and then pays a visit to a site of the Underground Railroad.     Then, stroll by the house of the charismatic woman who gave seances to Mrs. Lincoln at the White House. See a restaurant where John and Jacqueline Kennedy dined and where the C.I.A was founded. Nearby, see another bistro, where a top KGB member defected from the CIA. Then, see "Secessionist Hill," where an old tobacco mansion played a role in a modern, unsolved murder.

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What people are saying about Georgetown University

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Very educational and exciting. I discovered so many wonderful things about the history of Georgetown and i actually experienced a little paranormal activity on the tour! well worth the money . and the guide was great! Her name escapes me but she had pink hair lol

Our guide Ellyn was great.. very knowledgeable and had done fun facts to boot! We really enjoyed this tour .. we would have never known all the history and architecture of Georgetown if we had done a self guided tour. Highly recommended!

Eli was absolutley fantastic! The tour was so much fun and he had such great stories, anecdotes and history of Georgetown to share with us. We 100% recommend doing this tour as it is amazing, amusing and entertaining.

Bob was fantastic. Excellent tour. Great history/neighborhood knowledge with some spooky stuff thrown in.

Erin was great, obviously loves being a tour guide, great story teller!