Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Foggy Bottom Summary


  • Close to the jogging trails in Rock Creek Park, the towpath along the C&O Canal, and the path along the Potomac River
  • 10- to 20-minute walk to the heart of Georgetown and some of the city's best shopping and restaurants
  • Five to 10-minute walk to George Washington University


  • Few restaurants and little nightlife

What It's Like

Though geographically closer to D.C.'s primary tourist attractions and the real business of government, Foggy Bottom is decidedly sleepy. The main campus of George Washington University is in Foggy Bottom, as well as a number of monolithic government headquarters like the State Department, American Red Cross, and cultural icons like the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Watergate complex, site of the famous burglaries that led to Nixon's resignation. On the border of Foggy Bottom and the White House is the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the World Bank. It offers little in the way of restaurants, cafes, or nightlife. It does have its fare share of hotel options, but leisure travelers will generally spend their touring time outside of the neighborhood.

Where To Stay

Few hotels are located in Foggy Bottom, but most travelers will want to stay as close to the northern K Street NW boundary -- in order to be nearer to the West End, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown. Business travelers will likely also want to stay near K Street; K Street itself is DC's Central Business District, and is famous for the lobbyists who congregate here.


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Languages: English
Airport: Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Peak: March 15 - June 30
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Electricity: 110 V, 60 Hz
Tipping: 15-20% at restaurants

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