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Exorcist Steps

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Editorial Review

You'll be out of breath by the time you reach the top of these iconic stone stairs. All 97 of them.

You've probably always known that the spooky stairwell from "The Exorcist" (where a Jesuit priest fell to his death in the 1973 movie) was somewhere around Georgetown, but unless you're a former Hoya, you might not know exactly where. Which is a shame, because they're really worth a quick visit, if only to be able to say you've done it.

So, head toward Key Bridge on M Street NW. The base of the steps, which used to be called the "Hitchcock steps," is right next to the Exxon station across from the bridge. You'll reach Prospect Street at the top and can find the red brick "Exorcist" house a few steps away at 3600 Prospect St.

-- Ellen McCarthy (January 25, 2008)