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Georgetown is home Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. With its historic buildings, impeccable landscaping and world renowned educational programs in medicine, law, foreign service, business, languages and the liberal arts this university shows its pride. It is also within a 15-minute walk to The George Washington University, awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees in several disciplines through all of its ten different schools, bringing a combined student population of more than 28,000 to this area. There are other landmarks in this area, such as the Volta Bureau, founded by Alexander Graham Bell, for the research and development of telecommunication, phonograph and other technologies. and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, dedicated to the author of the “Star Spangled Banner,” it was completed in 1923 and is Washington’s oldest surviving bridge across the Potomac River. The embassies of Cameroon, France, Kosovo, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela are located in Georgetown.
Georgetown Home to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy
Georgetown Surrounded by Parkland and Green Space
Much of Georgetown is surrounded by parkland and green space. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Montrose Park, Rose Park, Book Hill Park, Francis Scott Key Memorial Park, Volta Park are just a few with their beautiful landscapes. Georgetown Waterfront Park boasts of its 10 acres, curving along of the Potomac River extending from the Washington Harbour complex to Key Bridge. This creates a vital link in the 225 miles of the parkland from Mt. Vernon, Virginia to Cumberland, Maryland. The western section, from Wisconsin Avenue to Key Bridge, is primarily calming vistas of the river with pastoral with walkways, benches, overlooks, large open green areas, and a labyrinth. The eastern section of the park, from 31st Street to Wisconsin Avenue, has been designed for more active and heavier use with its kayakers, boating and competitive crew teams. Cyclists, skaters and pedestrians alike, enjoy the car-free pathways along this majestic river with views of Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center and Memorial Bridge.
Georgetown’s Commercial Corridors
The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, whose high fashion stores draw large numbers of tourists as well as local shoppers year-round. There is also the Washington Harbour complex on K Street, the multipurpose waterfront property features luxury condominiums, office space, a public boardwalk and several restaurants popular for viewing boat races. Located in the lower level is The Washington Harbour Fountain and Ice Rink. This rink is 11,800 square feet, which is larger than the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The skating season is November through March. Between M and K Streets runs the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, today operated only by tour boats; adjacent trails are popular with joggers or strollers. The neighborhood extends from Georgetown University to the west to Rock Creek Parkway to the east to Montrose Park and Oak Hill Cemetery to the north.