A National Historic Landmark located on the banks of the Potomac River

Planning Your Trip

From The Washington Harbour to Dumbarton Oaks, there are centuries of history to explore in Georgetown and the D.C. area. Here’s how to pack for a trip that could include everything from important meetings to world-class museums to waterfront activities.

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What to Pack
Business Travel

The standard professional attire for Georgetown is business professional but, depending on company culture, business casual may be appropriate.

  • For initial meetings, both in and out of the office, men should choose a dark tailored suit and simple accessories.

  • Skirts and pantsuits are the norm for women but professional dresses are also acceptable. Heels and flats should lean toward the conservative side.

  • Avoid bright colors and loud prints — you can’t go wrong with navy blue, gray or black attire. 
Summer Escape

From outdoor film screenings to alfresco dining on the waterfront, summer is Georgetown’s favorite season.

  • Always carry a water bottle and sunscreen — your best defenses against the notoriously sunny and humid D.C. weather. 

  • Although the quaint cobblestone streets make for beautiful pictures, those picturesque streets can take a toll on your feet. Opt for comfortable footwear, like sneakers, instead of sandals. 

  • Outside the office most people dress casually in simple sundresses or polo shirts and khaki shorts.
Exploring the City

The area boasts some of the nation’s finest national treasures. Be prepared to enjoy all of them in comfort.

  • If strolling through iconic places like the National Mall, Embassy Row or Georgetown University, dress comfortably and conservatively.

  • The area’s cold winters demand heavy coats — but even in summer you’ll need a light jacket or sweater to combat air conditioning. 

  • Pack activewear in case you get a chance to run, bike or walk the canal, or take an always-popular paddleboarding lesson.

Don't Forget

The Washington, D.C., area is home to some of the country's best golf courses. Be sure to pack your clubs and golf shoes, as well as the appropriate attire, so you can hit the green.

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What to Reserve

Georgetown is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike — and for good reason. With so much old-fashioned charm and colorful history, this quintessential Colonial neighborhood is well-worth taking the time to explore.

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