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First Time in Georgetown? Here is the Best of Everything

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Are you visiting Georgetown for the first time? Here are the most stunning facts about Georgetown.

The capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang is located at the north-eastern tip of Penang Island. It is Malaysia’s second-largest city, with 708,127 inhabitants as of 2010, while Greater Penang is the nation’s second-biggest conurbation with a population of  The historical core of George Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.

Due to the intermingling of the various ethnicities and religions that arrived on its shores, George Town acquired a large eclectic assortment of colonial and Asian architectural styles. It also gained a reputation as Malaysia’s gastronomic capital for its distinct and ubiquitous street food. Moreover, the city hosts unique cultural heritage, such as the Peranakans whose legacies are still visible on Penang’s architecture and cuisine.

The city of George Town includes the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, a high-tech manufacturing hub regarded as the Silicon Valley of the East. The city also serves as the financial centre of northern Malaysia and the nation’s most vital medical tourism hub. Logistically, the Penang International Airport links George Town with several major regional cities, while a ferry service, the Penang Bridge and the Second Penang Bridge connect the city with the rest of Peninsular Malaysia. Meanwhile, George Town’s Swettenham Pier has emerged as the busiest port-of-call in Malaysia for cruise shipping.

1. Georgetown Waterfront Park

 Georgetown Waterfront Park

The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW to the Key Bridge.

The original waterfront was lined with sailing vessels and industrial buildings. Today it has been reclaimed as a relaxing park and boardwalk lined with restaurants and the occasional yacht.

In summer months, the Washington Harbor Fountain lights up with music and a show and in winter it becomes an outdoor skating rink.

Opened in 2011, it has very little historic feel left to it but it’s a great place for people watching and good food with views of the Kennedy Center, Watergate, Teddy Roosevelt Island and sunset over the Potomac River.

2. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, abbreviated as the C&O Canal and occasionally called the “Grand Old Ditch,” operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland. The canal’s principal cargo was coal from the Allegheny Mountains.

Used for over a century, the C&O Canal was a lifeline for this port city once the river silted up. Coal, agriculture, and other raw products travelled down this waterway and canal boatmen and their families created a distinctive community here.

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The best place to start is at 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 – technically the canal extends for 185 miles into Cumberland, MD.

The Georgetown Visitor’s Center (closed through renovations) has the most picturesque views of the Georgetown portion of the canal.

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3. Georgetown University 

Georgetown University 

Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, and Law School. Located on a hill above the Potomac River, the school’s main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated institution of higher education in the United States. The Jesuits have participated in the university’s academic life, both as scholars and as administrators, since 1805. However, the university has always been governed independently of the church, and the majority of Georgetown students are not Catholic.

Georgetown is a highly selective school, accepting 14% per cent of undergraduate applicants for its class of 2023. The university offers degree programs in forty-eight disciplines, enrolling an average of 7,500 undergraduate and 10,000 post-graduate students from more than 135 countries. Georgetown’s notable alumni include U.S. Presidents, billionaires, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, as well as international royalty and heads of state. The school produces more U.S diplomats than any other university. Georgetown is also a top feeder school for careers in finance and investment banking on Wall Street.

4. House Hunting

House Hunting

It’s like window shopping for reality! The cobblestone streets with historic row houses of all shapes and sizes with stunning gardens tucked away, this is a great neighbourhood just to wander.

You can walk a few blocks and see a variety of architecture. If you’re looking for the cobblestone streets, those can be found on O and P Streets NW on the west side of Wisconsin Avenue.

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5. Old Stone House

Old Stone House

This is the oldest residence in DC still standing, built-in 1765, by a German immigrant, Christopher Laymen. Through the years it has been a clock maker’s shop, a tavern, and a used car sale lot!

Owned today by the National Park Service, the Old Stone House has been restored to its nineteenth-century state. There are a bookstore and a Park Ranger available during business hours to answer your questions.

Outside of business hours, you can still wander the English-style gardens in the back of the house.

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