Washington DC Neighborhood Guide: Foggy Bottom

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Welcome to the Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom

Have you been looking for the perfect blend of practical and playful? Your search ends with Foggy Bottom. 

This neighborhood is home to the core of our government. You can enjoy visiting the Supreme Court building or walking around the US Capitol on a sunny day. Watch the diverse people that come from all over the world to live and work together in our nation’s capital!

You’ll never be far from excitement with the GWU metro located right in the middle of this part of town. You can either hang out at one of the area’s many delightful cafes, or you can take the blue, silver, or orange line off to Georgetown to discover new sights. 

With all these great places in Foggy Bottom, surely you’re ready to move in! Give us a call at DARO Apartments to find your new home in the neighborhood.

An Overview of
Living in Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom is a beautiful neighborhood which got its name from the mist that rises off the Potomac. However, the Potomac isn’t the only gem you’ll find in this neighborhood. Foggy Bottom stretches all the way up to Georgetown, and includes classic DC spots such as The Kennedy Center.

If you haven’t already tried walking around the area, you should! It’s easy to get around because of its great walkability. You can stroll through classic streets or hop on the metro at one of the stations along the way. 

Foggy Bottom is also a place where you’ll never have to worry about being bored. With everything from performing arts and nifty cafes to tucked away dinner nooks, this part of town truly has it all. 

You’ll also never be far from the practical side of life either. George Washington University and the hospital are both an integral part of the neighborhood. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your coat and let’s explore the neighborhood. 

 

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Monuments in Washington, D.C.

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Try Your Hand At A Water Sport

Since the Potomac is right along the southern border of the neighborhood, heading out onto the water is a great way to get some exercise and get outdoors.

You can try doing a smooth kayak ride with friends or take a spin around the river on a pedal boat. Ready to take it to the next level? Try your hand at river surfing! This thrilling version of stand up paddle boards takes you through fast moving rapids along the Potomac.

Get Out And Jog!

Foggy Bottom has plenty of cute streets for you to jog around, but moreover it has the classic Rock Creek Park! This park is huge, and stretches through several neighborhoods in DC. 

In fact, you can start in one neighborhood and run straight through the park to get home to Circle Arms. With miles upon miles of trails, you’ll never get bored jogging in this park.

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Enjoy A Night Of Culture At The Kennedy Center

There are plenty of great museums in Foggy Bottom for you to check out, as well as opportunities to listen to music and watch shows! If art is your passion, be sure to visit the neighborhood.

The Kennedy Center hosts free concerts and shows at 6pm every day. There are plenty of paid events as well, so be sure to look at their calendar to figure out what you’re interested in. With everything from jazz quartets to theater productions, there’s sure to be something you’ll love!

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View Authentic American Art

The Art Museum of the Americas is stocked full with art created exclusively in the Western Hemisphere. The art is all contemporary, and you’ll often find unique views on classic ideas. Better yet, the gallery hosts plenty of educational and creative events.

They also have special events where artists can meet, museums can join forces, and audiences can come together across both North and South America.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the grounds as well! What’s outside the building is just as beautiful as what’s inside, and you won’t regret spending a day strolling through their garden.

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Be A Diplomat For A Day

If you enjoy looking at architecture, you won’t want to miss visiting the State Department! The department has beautifully adorned rooms that are lavishly decorated to receive diplomats to the United States.

There are weekly tours of the most luxurious spaces, where you’ll be able to spot antique furniture and stunning American art. The tour will take you through the famous Thomas Jefferson room, which is home to a sculpture of the first secretary of state.

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Take A Tour Of Foggy Bottom

If secret agents and car chases make your heart beat faster, try stopping by Lafayette Square and joining in on this eerie tour. You’ll make your way around the neighborhood and hear untold stories of intrigue in the nation’s capital. The tour guide is a historian who has plenty of knowledge on what goes on in the capital.

Get some exercise and get a great view of the neighborhood! Fat Tire Tours offers bike tours of the city, where you can join in as an individual or bring along a friend or two! You can also opt for a self-guided tour if you’d rather take things at your own pace.

Pedicabs are a fun way to see the city, without having to do any work! Your driver will lead you around the city and take you through highlights of the neighborhood. Got a big group you want to bring? No problem! You can rent multiple pedi-cabs to bring the whole family along!

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More Information on the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood:

Foggy Bottom Schools

Foggy Bottom has several wonderful schools for pre-K through university students.

Area Culture & Community

Foggy Bottom is located right in the middle of the city and comes with a unique combination of government and history. Step back in time in the nearby streets of Georgetown and stroll through the historic buildings. 

Or, head over to the White House and enjoy the white stone walls of the government buildings. You can even take a free shuttle from the nearby George Washington Memorial Hospital so that you can enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Kennedy Center. 

Enjoy the diversity of the local area, and swing by international landmarks such as the World Bank. 

Take part in a favorite community event at the nearby George Washington University. The university is constantly having renowned speakers visit the area and offer compelling talks for locals. 

If you’re looking for an area that has a city culture and a lively community, Foggy Bottom is the place to be.

 
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Check Out The Foggy Bottom Commuters Guide!

Check out our in-depth guide for commuting in and around Foggy Bottom.

Local Transportation

It’s only a hop, skip, and a jump to get anywhere from Foggy Bottom. The Foggy Botto, GWU Metro Station has the blue, silver, and orange lines running out of it. On top of that, there are lots of buses that run through the community and can get you anywhere you go. 

There are plenty of DC bikes around the area too. If you would prefer to take a bike you can pick one up at one of the many capital bike shares. 

And, if you’d rather get on the road and drive, you can take the George Washington Memorial Parkway wherever you need to get to. 

 

Groceries

Whole Foods – An American supermarket chain which exclusively sells products free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners. Being the only USDA Certified Organic grocer in the United States, the chain is popularly known for its organic selections.

Market At Columbia Plaza A first-class liquor store that offers a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits.

Trader Joe’s An American chain of grocery stores with amazing food and drink from around the globe and around the corner.

Retail

Ultra Violet Flowers  Upscale store selling a range of flower arrangements plus wedding centerpieces & bouquets.

Nordstrom RackClothing store for women, men and children. Shop apparel, shoes, jewelry, luggage at a large discount.

CityCenterDC – High-end retail stores, including Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, VINCE, kate spade new york, Arc’teryx, Canali, Burberry, Paul Stuart, and so much more.

Shop Made in DC  A retail incubator dedicated to products designed, crafted, built and Made In DC.

Arts and Education

Artechouse – A modern, technology-driven museum that specializes in captivating digital designs like augmented reality. This museum is an amazing spot for a nice date or to simply explore on your own!

Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery – An American museum on G St. NW that owns some fine pieces of art. Check out some of their current exhibitions!

Free Tours By Foot – A walking tour that is based off a “name-your-own-price” model. The tourists can pay as much as they want based on the value they received from tour guides and the knowledge they provide.

City Segway Tours – A tour agency that offers a unique way to tour the city of DC: segways! No need to tire yourself out walking around; use a motor-driven segway to zoom around the city!

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – An establishment located on F St. NW that provides a wide variety of performances from ballets, orchestras, theater, and more!

Nightlife

Hive Bar – Bar located in the Hive hotel that serves local beers & spirits.

The Bottom Line – An eclectic basement bar on I St. NW that serves mainly American & Mexican pub foods.

Froggy Bottom Pub – A highly-valued local establishment that serves delicious drinks & pub food.

Health and Fitness

Nusta Spa – A day spa located on 20th St. NW that offers massages, facials, manicures/pedicures.

Balance Gym Foggy Bottom – A gym located on M St. NW that focuses on balance and core stability.

Sports & Outdoors

Volo City Social Sports & Events – A sports clubs located on G St. NW that hosts various sports leagues and a means to provide kids to play sports for free!

Charles E. Smith Center – A multi-purpose arena on 22nd St. NW that hosts various sporting events.

Dining

Blue Duck Tavern – An open kitchen restaurant located on 24th St. ran by Chef Adam Howard that serves delicious American-themed dishes.

Founding Farmers – A local restaurant located on Pennsylvania Ave. that serves farm-to-table foods and dishes.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company – A bbq and grilling company that’s been serving DC since 1990. They offer some of the best-quality cuts you can get plus mouth-watering marinades and sauces as well as sides.

Gas & Convenience

Sunoco Gas Station – Gas station located on Virginia Ave

Rock Creek Valero – Gas station located on Virginia Ave

Exxon  – Gas station located on M St. NW