Everyone seems to love Georgetown. The district west of Downtown is older than the city of Washington DC itself, but it effortlessly merges the traditional with the hip. Think historic 18th- and 19th-century row houses and cobblestone streets - but lined with boutique cupcake bakeries such as Georgetown Cupcake and designer fashion stores. It may look like a film set, but there’s a relaxed vibe here. Stroll along the towpath of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal or rent a kayak on the Potomac River. With a large university population at Georgetown University, the neighborhood is always lively. You’re never far from a cool café, art gallery or independent shop on and around lively M street, also home to DC’s oldest house, Old Stone House, dating back to 1765. At sunset, head south to Georgetown Waterfront Park for a drink or stroll by the Potomac. It’s worth noting there’s no metro which means traffic can build up. To get around, the DC Circulator bus is handy, and Foggy Bottom’s metro stop is about 25 minutes away on foot.