by Kyle Short
When most people think of a “walking city,” they immediately think of New York, forgetting D.C.’s wide thoroughfares, its eclectic jumble of Greek and modern architecture and its burgeoning nightlife. D.C., much like New York, is a city of different people joined together with the common goal of surviving in the city. When someone says they’re from D.C., natives love to ask, “but where are you from originally?” It’s relevant, as we’re a city of congressmen, students and tourists, all of which shows in our buildings, our bars and our favorite hangout spots (the closest of these noteworthy hubs gracing the streets of Georgetown). Just a short walk away, M street offers students a great escape from the drudgery of classes, study groups and homework. While it may seem obvious, as most students have most likely adventured to M Street at some point in their career, there are a lot of unexplored options that M Street and the surrounding areas have to offer (although Guards, Thirds, and Rhino are all fun). Try seeing Georgetown during the day, and not just the shops on M and Wisconsin, because there’s a whole other city out there.
Right at the bottom of Wisconsin lays one of the cities many overlooked treasures, this park that runs along the entirety of Water Street until it becomes K Street, offers scenic views of the Key Bridge, the Kennedy Center, and Georgetown, and is a great place to stop and catch your breath. There is a great running path that traverses through the park, following the Potomac right past the Kennedy Center and ending out by National Airport and Mt. Vernon.
However, if you find that you’re too exhausted from the effort of walking down the steep hill to the park, or have no interest in scenic views of the Potomac, Chadwick’s, which is nestled right under the trellises of the Whitehurst freeway to the right of Wisconsin and caddy corner to the park, is a great happy hour spot that offers daily draft beer and bottle specials.
If you’re feeling even more adventurous, trek down to the C&O Canal Lock located between 31st and Thomas Jefferson Streets. In the warmer months, the Park Service used to have demonstrations of the Lock mechanism complete with period-dress and live mules. If you’re truly crestfallen that the boat rides have been suspended indefinitely, NPS still has demonstrations out at Great Falls.
Check out some pictures from my latest excursion into Georgetown here: