Foggy Bottom

Thomas Jefferson once suggested the U.S. Capitol be placed in this river front neighborhood located between Georgetown and the White House. Originally a little port town called Hamburg, Foggy Bottom was later site of two breweries, a gas works and a naval observatory. While the neighborhood’s industrial character has vanished, you can still explore Foggy Bottom’s alleys and courts and discover the neat rows of houses blue-collar workers called home as well as a pair of 19th-century churches where they worshiped. Each of these historic sites exists cheek by jowl with George Washington University, which established its Foggy Bottom campus in 1912. Since then town-gown relations have sometimes been tense, residents of the Foggy Bottom Historic District decrying what they regard as ever encroaching development by the university. Recently, however, two institutions located to the GWU campus much to the delight of everyone: the Textile Museum and the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection.


Led by Carolyn


People who liked this D.C. walking tour also liked: Georgetown and Dupont Circle


2018 dates to be announced.

Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card when you arrive.

Book Now
Embarks from outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station by the bust of George Washington.
Questions? Answers here.

Our Tours