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George Washington University has deep roots in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, giving students the opportunity to make the nation’s capital their biggest classroom. As final exams wind down and GW kicks off launch week in preparation for Beginning Sunday May 15, take some time to explore the area where GW calls home more than a century. Or use public transit to go further: students can continue to use their U-Pass benefits until start day.

Eat and drink

Foggy Bottom Deals hearty options for the gourmands (and the regular hungry). GW Deli (2133 G St. NW) has been a student institution for decades, with sandwiches worth the sometimes daunting lines. Local hero José Andrés offers fresh, casual meals that put veggies front and center at Beef steak (800 22nd St., NW). For special occasions, local favorites include KAZ Sushi Bistro (1915 I St., NW) and the Michelin Star Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th St., NW).

Western Market, the redeveloped pedestrian mall at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, opened last fall with a host of new options and old favorites, including family-owned DC stray rooster and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls. Get a dessert from the long-time favorite Captain Cookie and the Milkman.

West Market Street view. (William Atkins/GW Today)

The District House residence (2121 H St., NW) also offers many choices in its basement lobby and food court, including Chick-Fil-A, Peet’s Coffee, Wiseguy NY Pizza and more. District House is accessible to GWorld cardholders and their guests and the food court will operate until May 15.

If you’re here for an extended period or just prefer to cook for yourself, shop at Trader Joe’s (1101 25th St., NW) or Whole Foods Market (2201 I St., NW).

Visit museums and historical sites

DC visitors often head straight for the Smithsonian Institution’s many offerings on and near the National Mall, and they’re absolutely worth a visit. But there are also artistic heavyweights in and around Foggy Bottom.

Shrine fabric from Uttar Pradesh, early 20th century, exhibited in “Indian Textiles, 1,000 Years of Art and Design”. (GW Museum and Textile Museum)

Hop off at the interactive museum Textiles 101 Gallery to learn more about fabric art and even try some crafts. Visitors should also not miss the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collectiona selection of historical artifacts telling the story of the nation’s capital.

the Corcoran School of Arts and Design The historic Flagg Building (500 17th St., NW) is one of the city’s architectural gems. Currently, it hosts GW’s largest annual exhibition of student work at NEXT 2022, showcasing capstone and thesis projects by Corcoran graduates in fields ranging from theater to photojournalism. Access times vary daily, so visit go.gwu.edu/NEXThours for more details.

Student work on display at the Flagg Building as part of NEXT 2022. (William Atkins/GW Today)

As a bonus, for those taking the short walk from Foggy Bottom proper, the White House is just across the street from the Smithsonian. Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Ave. and 17th St., NW) is just one block away (although it will not be open until May 13).

If you’re on the Mount Vernon campus, the Foxhall Historic District includes some lesser-known gems. the Kreeger Museum (2401 Foxhall Rd., NW) has an extensive collection including works by Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky, Claude Monet and more. The Kreeger currently requires that non-members book a timed pass for admission, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $8 for students, military, and seniors.

Nature in the city

(Courtesy of the National Park Service)

GW prides itself on its reputation as an urban campus, but nature is never far away. Joggers, cyclists, bird watchers and others can enjoy the shaded paths of Rock Creek Park.

Or if you fancy a taste of aquatic life, rent a boat at Thompson Nautical Center (2900 Virginia Ave., NW) and board the Potomac.

Attend a performance

Culture vultures can walk or catch the Free Shuttle from the Foggy Bottom-GWU subway station (2301 I St., NW) to Kennedy Center (2700 F St., NW), where current and upcoming shows include the “original hip hop musical” “Freestyle Love Supreme” and the Washington National Opera “Carmen», as well as free performances by up-and-coming artists at Millennium Stadium.

Visitors must also step outside or go upstairs to the terrace to see another kind of spectacle: the panoramic view of the Potomac.

(William Atkins/GW Today)

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