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Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

Made in DC: 20+ Local Businesses That Deserve Your Attention

The best keepsake from a great vacation is a product or experience that truly embodies the city that you visited. With that mind, we’re featuring DC businesses that reflect the city’s entrepreneurial streak while producing a notable product for you to enjoy while in town this winter. Each of these...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
11 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
Meet Me at 9:30: A History of DC's 9:30 Club

The 9:30 Club is a beacon for live music in the nation’s capital, a place where both renowned and up-and-coming artists from nearly every musical genre come to play. The venue is legendary in DC – the original club opened at 930 F Street NW in 1980 and moved to its current digs at 815 V Street NW...

9:30 Club Washington DC - Credit Lisa A. Walker
Guide to Dining at Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Washington, DC

For roving gastronomes and travelers who revel in experiences centered on food, it’s time to reserve a table in the nation’s capital. The 2020 Washington, DC Michelin Guide is out, and it’s brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants, affordable hot spots and essential eating insights covering...

minibar by José Andrés - Luxe 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
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Washington, DC

Brunch is decidedly a thing nowadays. But here’s the catch: you have to know what you’re looking for. Do you want lick-the-plate-clean food? Or is it bottomless mimosas first, food second? Maybe you want a (drag queen) performance with a side of eggs. No worries. DC has it covered with these top...

Founding Farmers - Dining in Washington, DC
20+ Fall Events & Festivals You Don't Want to Miss in Washington, DC

Washington, DC’s outdoor fun and festivals do not conclude when summer turns to fall. The city’s calendar stays packed with day and weekend-long events that showcase food, music and culture, many of which are free. Explore some of the season’s highlights and plan your trip today.

Band performing during Adams Morgan Day on 18th Street - Free summer festival in Washington, DC
20+ Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. During happy hour or any hour, feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales that have set up shop up top for your warm-weather pleasure.

The best rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC - Friends enjoying cocktails on the O-Ku rooftop
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
Stay-at-Home Activities & Games

The possibility of getting bored while you're at home has either happened or will happen. Below is a compilation of DC-Themed activities to do while you're at home by yourself, with a partner, your kids, or whoever. Share the finished results with us using #DCtogether. ​• • • Word Search DC Land...

Kids Activity Guide