This family-friendly neighborhood, along the Potomac River, is situated roughly from the edge of the Georgetown University campus (at Foxhall Road, NW) to the DC/Maryland
border (near the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant). MacArthur Boulevard NW is the main thoroughfare through the Palisades. Loughboro Road, NW is at the north end and Arizona Avenue, NW at the south end.
Laced with winding parks and canopies of old trees, the Palisades is an eclectic mix of people and a mixture of various styles, detached houses, townhomes, and apartments. The houses along Potomac Avenue NW, offer sweeping views of the Potomac River and Virginia, and oft-gorgeous sunset views. Battery Kemble Park, bounded by Chain Bridge Road, MacArthur Boulevard, 49th Street,and Nebraska Avenue NW, offers a wonderful wooded park for short hikes, families, dogs, and intense winter sledding.
The Palisades Playground and field house, along with newly-renovated soccer and baseball fields offer a terrific community hangout for all ages. There is even a “secret” skate park hidden in the woods (it was even fixed up to better safety standards by DCPR) as well as one neighborhood artist’s magic trail walk. Fletcher’s Boat House (where you can rent kayaks and canoes, go fishing, and have a party BBQ) is on the Potomac River and the C & O Canal National Historic Park, between Chain and Key Bridges, offers great running and biking trails.
There are a number of restaurants, including: Black Salt, Makoto, Et Voila!, Figs, Palisades Pizzeria and several more. Sibley Hospital is also in the neighborhood. One of the neighborhood’s major highlights is the annual July 4th Parade.
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There is no convenient Metro in the neighborhood but the area is serviced by a number of bus routes including the D5, D6, D3, 23, and M4.
Safeway - 4865 MacArthur Boulevard
Public Schools for Palisades
Francis Scott Key Elementary School - 5001 Dana Place NW
Hardy Middle School - 1819 35th Street NW
Wilson High School - 3950 Chesapeake Street NW
Private Schools in or near Palisades
The Lab School - (K-12) 4759 Reservoir Road NW
St. Patricks's Episcopal Day School - (PreK-8) 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW
Georgetown Day School (Lower and Middle) - (PreK-12) 4530 MacArthur Boulevard NW
The Field School - (7-12) 2301 Foxhall Road NW
Rock Creek International School - (PreK-8) 1550 Foxhall Road NW
Our Lady of Victory School (Catholic) - (PreK-8) 4755 Whitehaven Parkway NW