Once DC’s industrial center, Foggy Bottom is named for the fog that used to rise up from the Potomac. It’s no surprise to find a collection of fine hotels and restaurants in this corner of the city, which plays host to diplomats, dignitaries and celebrities who visit neighborhood landmarks such as the IMF, the World Bank, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of State. Foggy Bottom stretches down to the Potomac shoreline, welcoming runners, bikers and watersports enthusiasts to the southernmost point of Rock Creek Park.
Head to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for free nightly performances, and discover a marvelous view of the city from the P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge & Terrace. Take a photo of the infamous Watergate complex. Join students from The George Washington University for happy hour specials at McFadden’s, or mingle with power players at Blue Duck Tavern, the recent 2013 RAMMY winner for “Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year” in DC.
Foggy Bottom is an historic Washington, DC neighborhood with many single-family homes that date back to the late 1800’s. It was once a working class community of Irish and German immigrants, as well as African Americans who were employed at the nearby breweries, glass plants, and the Washington Gas and Light Company. The area was given the its name because it was set low near the Potomac River and was often filled with fog from the local industries.
Today, the historic neighborhood is preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Foggy Bottom is most known for the Kennedy Center, the Watergate Hotel and George Washington University.
Foggy Bottom is located to the north of the National Mall, west of Downtown Washington, DC, southeast of Georgetown along the shore of the Potomac River.