Foggy Bottom gets its name from morning mist that comes off the southern boundary of the neighborhood, i.e. the Potomac River. Home to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the State Department, and Rock Creek Park’s southern tip, the neighborhood has something to offer for just about everyone. All these make it a must-visit place to include into your private tours Washington DC itinerary.
Explore the State Department Building’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms
Peek inside the lavish rooms, where the US diplomats wheel and deal, during weekday tours of the State Department. In its lavish spaces, artworks including Presidents’ landscapes and portraits mix with Chippendale chests as well as other antiques. Do not miss the neoclassical room, housing columns and a statue of the third American president namely Thomas Jefferson.
Catch a Free Performance at the Kennedy Center
Each night of the year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts free music concerts, dance shows, as well as other entertainment on its Millennium Stage. Expect a range of performances, from jazz combos to a tuba festival that is held during the holidays.
Explore Washington Memorabilia and Textiles
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum share an architecturally sublime space, which has a dramatic spiral staircase. Expositions in the venue focus on fabrics and items in the George Washington University’s collection. The museum also houses more than 1000 maps, drawings, and prints that document the US capital’s history.
Venture into the Rock Creek Park
The DC neighborhood is also home to the Rock Creek Park’s southernmost end. The public park makes for a retreat spot for outdoor enthusiasts on tours in Washington DC too. With its lush greenery and several things to do, comprising mile-long trials for jogging and walking, picnic areas, a golf course, a nature center, an amphitheater, horse stables, and a planetarium, the park is often packed with visitors and locals in the warmer seasons. You can also get bicycles for hire that will allow you to explore the Rock Creek Park’s trails.
Try Canoeing or Kayaking
While paddling a boat along the Potomac River, you will get an entirely different and dazzling view of the monuments and memorials in the District. You can get kayaks, canoes, and rowing shells from the area for rentals during certain months.