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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.

14 Can’t-Miss Presidential Dining Experiences in Washington, DC

White House invites are tough to come by, so why not get presidential at some of DC’s finest dining establishments? Even First Families have been known to get out on the town and enjoy meals at these acclaimed restaurants.

Old Ebbitt Grill - Presidential Dining Experiences in Washington, DC
Mark Your Calendar for These 20+ Winter Concerts in Washington, DC

Many of Washington, DC’s amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages throughout the winter. Check out what’s in store below and start planning your musical adventure in the nation’s capital. • • • Panic! at the Disco – Jan. 20 Panic! at the Disco...

@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues 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
20+ Women-Focused Places to Go in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has been front and center to some of the most significant moments in women’s civil rights history. From the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession down America’s Main Street – Pennsylvania Avenue – to the 2017 Women’s March, Washington, DC continues to serve as a fitting backdrop for...

@jackie.bird - Women viewing art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attractions in Washington, DC
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
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
11 Speakeasy Bars & Hidden Cocktail Lounges in Washington, DC

Within the same 68-square-mile city that saw Congress ratify the 18th Amendment more than a century ago you’ll find a thriving craft cocktail scene (and even distilling scene ). Speakeasy-style bars abound in the District, many with unmarked entrances, hidden doors and dimly lit lounges that will...

@karlinvillondophotography - Guests at Allegory in the Eaton Hotel - Hidden bar and speakeasy in Washington, DC
12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday #OnDeadline: Visit the Newseum Before It Closes For Good – Closes Dec. 31 Among DC’s extraordinary museums, the Newseum is the only one...

Lucid Motion exhibit at ARTECHOUSE in Washington, DC - Interactive Instagrammable exhibit in DC
DC Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails

In its more than 200-year-history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surrounds.

Off The Record at The Hay-Adams - Historic Bar in Washington, DC
Stars of the Show: Award-Winning Restaurants in Washington, DC

As you may have heard, DC’s dining scene has arrived. in addition to the city's Michelin Guide , there are numerous award-winning restaurants that require your attention. Accolades include Bib Gourmand or star-status in the aforementioned guide, James Beard Awards , RAMMY Awards (honors handed out...

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW - Award-Winning Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Washington, DC