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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Washington, D.C. by Susan Burke, Ron Burke

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Georgetown

When Abigail Adams arrived in Washington in 1800, she described Georgetown as “the very dirtiest hole I ever saw.” Then a major port with a huge slave and tobacco trade, cheap housing, and commercial wharves, the town may have been unattractive. But the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and its competitor, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, brought prosperity to Georgetown, and therefore style. When the canal began to fail after flood damage, slum conditions returned, until Franklin D. Roosevelt partly rehabilitated the area. Its current modish position stems from the Kennedy era, when Georgetown became fashionable.

Metro Connection and Bus

Georgetown has no Metrorail station, and it used to be difficult for visitors to get to attractions ...

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