Georgetown: There and back again

Let's hike across the Potomac River to Georgetown and back!

The route:

From the Rosslyn Metro Station (Moore St side) we'll walk north along Moore St, cut over east a block to Lynn St, and continue north to cross the Potomac on the east sidewalk of Key Bridge and enter Francis Scott Key Memorial Park. From the park we’ll cross M Street and walk nine blocks north along 34th St NW to R Street NW, turn right, and walk a block and a half to Dumbarton Oaks Museum for a short break.

After the break we’ll continue east along R Street NW to 30th St NW, where after a peek at Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, we’ll walk south along 30th St NW back to M Street, where we’ll turn right and walk a half-block west to visit the Old Stone House. From there we’ll head south on Thomas Jefferson St NW to the Potomac, turn left, and follow the shoreline downstream to the Kennedy Center, where take a pit stop and ascend to the roof to enjoy the view.

Leaving the Kennedy Center we’ll continue downstream along the shoreline and recross the Potomac to Virginia along Memorial Ave, across the Arlington Memorial Bridge. After passing the Arlington Cemetery Metro, we’ll continue another 1.2 miles past the Netherlands Carillon, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and Dark Star Park before arriving back at our starting point at Rosslyn Station.

The hike is about 6.5 miles of smiles, moderate difficulty, and should take a little over 2 hours, plus time for a couple of pit stops along the way. The route is paved, with hills and steps here and there.

Google map: http://tinyurl.com/mm75wku

Print map (pdf): http://tinyurl.com/nsojwa2­

How to get there: Rosslyn Metro Station is on the Blue and Orange Metro lines at 1850 N. Moore Street, Arlington, VA.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. (Leashes required. Sorry, service animals only on the Metro and most indoor locations.) Sunscreen is recommended. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.

Administrative stuff: Drinking fountains and restrooms are located at Dumbarton Oaks Museum, the Kennedy Center, in between the Netherlands Carillon and the US Marine Corps War Memorial (porta-johns), and the occasional commercial establishments along the way.

Notes:

• Francis Scott Key Memorial Park: http://tinyurl.com/ksm2gg2

• Dumbarton Oaks Museum: http://www.doaks.org/museum

• Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel: http://tinyurl.com/lk49bfq

• The Old Stone House: http://tinyurl.com/k73lxda

• C&O Canal National Historical Park: http://tinyurl.com/o8bpkrn  

• The Kennedy Center: http://tinyurl.com/cyvagx

• The Arts of War and Peace:  http://tinyurl.com/k3l68lr

• Netherlands Carillon: http://tinyurl.com/n3go2dp.

• US Marine Corps War Memorial: http://tinyurl.com/o9gt6z4

• Dark Star Park: http://tinyurl.com/kbvro5k

• Panera Bread, 1700 North Moore St, Arlington, VA, (703)[masked]

• Ray's to the Third, 1650 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA,(703)[masked]

• Roti Mediterranean, 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (571)[masked]

• Piola, 1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (703)[masked]

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  • Zan

    : )

    August 25

  • Zan

    : )

    2 · August 25

  • Yayne

    John, this was beyond my expectations-Thank you again for planning this wonderful walk on a beautiful day.

    1 · August 25

  • Kira M

    Thank you, John for another outstanding walk! As always you were able to fill the hike with historical sites!

    1 · August 25

  • Kira M

    Thank you, John for another outstanding walk! As always you were able to fill the hike with historical sites!

    August 25

  • Kira M

    Thank you, John for another outstanding walk! As always you were able to fill the hike with historical sites!

    August 25

  • Kira M

    Thank you, John for another outstanding walk! As always you were able to fill the hike with historical sites!

    1 · August 25

  • Martin B.

    Great walk with much to see

    1 · August 24

  • Tom

    Great walk with great people! Here is the route on Google Maps if anyone is interested.
    http://goo.gl/maps/3tXlJ

    1 · August 24

    • Cathy

      Great! Thanks Tom, I was looking for that map/info.

      August 24

  • Mei Y.

    Loved all the walks with our great group. It was a wonderful day. Thanks, John!

    2 · August 24

  • Shannon

    Thanks John, Outstanding walk and great day. My hips are bitchin' a bit at me but hey it was well worth it.

    2 · August 24

  • John M

    Fun friends, wonderful day! H/T to Mon for the great suggestion!!

    2 · August 24

    • Monica

      :) thnks for the consideration .. Truly appreciated ...

      3 · August 24

  • Susan

    This was a fantastic walk! Thank you John for the outstanding walk today.

    2 · August 24

  • Caroline H.

    Have loved all the walks however this one is my favorite so far. Thanks for a great Sunday morning

    3 · August 24

  • Caroline H.

    Have loved all the walks however this one is my favorite so far. Thanks for a great Sunday morning

    1 · August 24

  • Darryl W.

    Great group

    2 · August 24

  • Laura

    Perfect day!

    2 · August 24

  • Ursula C.

    Amazing day... my favorite hike so far with this great group! John, you bring such a positive approach, and plan these outings with thoughtful detail.

    2 · August 24

  • Skysusan

    Amazing and fun - thank you, John :) hugs, sky

    2 · August 24

  • Betty

    John thank u, thank u! It am amazing walk/hike. The distance combined with all type of elevation was perfect. And the view firm the Kindedy center was the icing on the cake....priceless!

    2 · August 24

  • Monica

    Always "better than expected."... It was like "spiced tea" for me :) walking this walk ... Looking forward to many more flavors..

    2 · August 24

  • Jim

    John, thanks for leading another 5 star jaunt through Georgetown. The length, pace, and weather were all perfect.

    2 · August 24

  • Kimberly Ten Pas B.

    Thank you

    2 · August 24

  • Kimberly Ten Pas B.

    Thank you

    August 24

  • Tangela

    Great walk and weather

    2 · August 24

  • Mandy W

    My bus to the Metro arrived before its scheduled time, and I just missed. Can't get to Rosslyn by the starting time. Hope you all have fun

    August 24

    • Skysusan

      Oh my goodness; thought you were on the walk!! Silly me... sky

      August 24

  • Skysusan

    Excellent! Sky

    1 · August 24

  • Sunita S.

    Great walk with a great bunch of folks.

    2 · August 24

  • Sunita S.

    Great walk with a great bunch of folks.

    August 24

  • Darryl W.

    Great group

    2 · August 24

  • Rachel

    Aw. So bummed to have missed this one. Hoping for a repeat soon! Enjoy!

    August 24

  • Barbara D.

    There's no feeding of meters on Sunday in Rosslyn:-)

    2 · August 24

  • Gaurav K.

    On my way! Taking a metro from Twinbrook.

    August 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be making it today but hopefully soon. Enjoy.

    August 24

  • Angela G

    Won't be able to make it now...enjoy!

    August 24

  • Sean

    I got

    August 24

  • Vanessa C.

    I am new to hiking and I saw I could bring my dog. Just want to make sure its alright though.

    1 · August 23

    • John M

      Sure! Unless it's a working dog, it can't go onto the Metro or into the buildings, though...

      August 24

  • John M

    Hey, there's a printable pdf trail map posted here: http://tinyurl.com/nsojwa2

    1 · August 24

  • Gaurav K.

    Anyone taking a metro from Shadygrove or Rockville?

    August 24

  • Martin B.

    John, is there any parking at or near the Rosslyn Metro?

    August 23

    • Martin B.

      I just noticed your response to Betty (below) regarding parking!

      August 23

  • John M

    Hey folks,

    Looks like a nice day on tap for us; sunny, clear, and a high of 71 degrees: http://tinyurl.com/oyt5hvv

    Please give me a call at[masked] if you need anything.

    See you at Rosslyn!

    August 23

  • Mandy W

    Hi, John..
    This sounds like a fun route. FYI, when I clicked on the above tinyurl link ""mm75wku" for the map, Google map of the appropriate area showed up but there weren't any route lines on it. I like to save your excellent hike maps for future reference, so that at some future time if I want to return to someplace we visited, I know exactly where it was.

    August 23

    • John M

      Hmm. That's the right URL. Maybe try copying the whole link http://tinyurl.com/mm...­ into a new window/tab. Otherwise I don't know what to say; it works for me.

      August 23

  • Darlene

    I'm sorry to be unable to make the hikes this weekend. They look great.

    August 21

  • Betty

    John do you any information about parking?

    August 19

    • John M

      There is unmetered parallel parking located about two blocks northwest of the metro station along N. Colonial Terrace, N. Colonial Court, 19th St. N, and Ode St. Entry into the neighborhood is at Key Blvd and N. Ode St.

      3 · August 19

    • Betty

      Thx, I will see you on Sunday

      2 · August 19

  • Gaurav K.

    Anyone coming from Rockville area?

    August 19

  • Brenda

    Disappointed that I will be away this week. Enjoy!

    August 19

  • Andrea H.

    Sounds wonderful!

    August 19

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