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20 Romantic Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is the picture-perfect setting for that idyllic date night or romantic getaway. From its renowned dining scene and romantic restaurants to its majestic monuments, memorials and world-class hotels , Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in the perfect evening...

Couple viewing Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party at The Phillips Collection - Museums and Date Spots in Washington, DC
Dog-Friendly DC: The Best Places to Bring Your Pets in Washington, DC

If you’ve brought your dog along for your trip to Washington, DC, have no fear: there are plenty of places that welcome and cater to canines. We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, scenic parks and shops that will be perfect for your pup. Places to Eat and Drink Pinea at the W...

@russ_the_bustagram - Dog in front of Lincoln Memorial - Dog-friendly places in Washington, DC
Where to Get the Best Views of the Washington, DC Skyline

While the nation’s capital has no shortage of great rooftop bars and restaurants , it also includes some especially iconic cityscapes with marble landmarks and sweeping National Mall vistas. Here's where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the DC skyline at these high-above-the-city hot spots.

Terrace Overlooking Potomac River from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Where to Get the Best Skyline Views in Washington, DC
7 Record Shops In & Around DC That Will Satisfy Your Vinyl Fix

The intimacy of purchasing and listening to music has been dulled over the last decade, as the modern consumer browses streaming services, YouTube and the iTunes store in a frivolous search for something catchy. For those of us who still prefer the dropping of a needle, then hearing an artist’s...

Som Record Store on 14th Street - Where to browse records and vinyl in Washington, DC
Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
20 Unique Date Ideas in Washington, DC

Sure, you know about the monuments on the National Mall by moonlight and fireside dining at DC’s coziest restaurants , but do you know about historic mansions and gardens in the city’s northwest quadrant or the only major museum in the world dedicated to women in the arts? Venture off the beaten...

@jcwhittington_ - Couple kissing at Smithsonian American Art Museum's Electronic Superhighway - Unique date ideas in Washington, DC
18 Can’t-Fail First Date Ideas in Washington, DC

First impressions matter, which is why we’re here to help with the best first date ideas and spots in Washington, DC. No matter your budget, there’s a date idea for you – from tantalizing culinary adventures to legendary concert venues and cutting-edge productions. So shake off your nerves, you’ve...

Couple walking along theGeorgetown Waterfront - Romantic spots in Washington, DC
18 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

The word “locavore” (defined as, “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible”) was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a few years ago; it’s also a concept that rules at many Washington, DC restaurants. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-try places to eat that source what’...

Dinner service at The Dabney in Shaw - Michelin-starred, romantic restaurant in Washington, DC
18 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a low-cost date night or romantic getaway. From its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class venues and attractions, Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in the perfect date night – including a wealth of...

@pearlrough - Couple standing in front of Lincoln Memorial at night - Romantic attractions in Washington, DC
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so whether you're a foodie or just looking for some sunshine, there are great options for you. Check out our list of the best DC patios below, and make sure to visit the Georgetown waterfront , the Capitol Riverfront...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC