Georgetown and the Waterfront

District of Columbia

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From Roosevelt Island to Roosevelt Bridge, this hike follows the river and canal through some of the chic areas of the city. Take a break in Georgetown on the way back for a bite to eat or some shopping. Leaving the tranquility of Roosevelt Island, cross over the George Washington Parkway to Rosslyn, Virginia. Now mostly hotels, offices, and high-rise apartments, this prime location across the river from Georgetown once was the home of Fort Corcoran, one of several forts protecting the capital city during the Civil War. With the housing boom that followed the Second World War, Rosslyn became a suburb of Washington, known for its garden apartments. From Rosslyn, cross Key Bridge to Georgetown. The bridge was named for Francis Scott Key, author of the lyrics to the national anthem. Stop in the small park at the end of Key Bridge with a bust of the poet.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C.

by Louise S. Baxter (Falcon Guides)

From Roosevelt Island to Roosevelt Bridge, this hike follows the river and canal through some of the chic areas of the city. Take a break in Georgetown on the way back for a bite to eat or some shopping.

Leaving the tranquility of Roosevelt Island, cross over the George Washington Parkway to Rosslyn, Virginia. Now mostly hotels, offices, and high-rise apartments, this prime location across the river from Georgetown once was the home of Fort Corcoran, one of several forts protecting the capital city during the Civil War. With the housing boom that followed the Second World War, Rosslyn became a suburb of Washington, known for its garden apartments.

From Rosslyn, cross Key Bridge to Georgetown. The bridge was named for Francis Scott Key, author of the lyrics to the national anthem. Stop in the small park at the end of Key Bridge with a bust of the poet.

©  Louise S. Baxter/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Biking
Local Maps: Rand McNally Washington DC Metro Street Guide: page 102; G5, F5, and G4; and page 103; A5 and A6
Driving Directions: Directions to Georgetown and the Waterfront

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