We will be in Washington dc in July. I would like to walk around Georgetown for a couple hours in the late evening when the temperature cools down to look at some of the sights like the canal, the waterfront park and the old homes. Would the late evening (about 8-10pm) be a safe time to walk around those areas of Georgetown?
Yes... you might need to be aware of the drunks and homeless but plenty of police presence. You should look into Uber or lyfte if it gets to late.
I stayed with a local and he told me that Georgetown was super safe because so many important people live there - John Kerry, Madeline Albright to name but two. The place is full of Secret Service!
We walked at that time in March and felt completely safe, but I wouldn't advise dong it alone.
I think it is safe. I walked over the bridge around 7pm and back around 10pm and there were still joggers and bikers out and about.
My brother lives in Georgetown and the last time I visited (February 2016) he highly encouraged me to take Uber just a few blocks at 11pm. Apparently muggings do occur when the sun goes down. The places you mention wanting to see later in the evening - the old homes & canal area - are not the busiest parts of Georgetown and there will most likely be less foot traffic in these areas than on M Street and Wisconsin Ave where most of the bars and restaurants are located. As anywhere - stay aware of your surroundings and if you've got street smarts, your radar will be you best guide.
Georgetown is really nice college area, people movement is good. There are some nice Restaurants in Georgetown or just over the water in Rosslyn a section of Arlington, VA. There are shops to pop in and out. You should always be cautious but I like Georgetown if you are there in July for the 4th you will have a blast at our nation's capital fireworks and free concerts! Don't forget to go see the staircase where the scene from the exorcist was filmed in the 70's
I personally haven't been there at such a time but I think yes.
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