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17 Things to See & Do at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. Phase one of the sustainable neighborhood development opened to the public in mid-October 2017, with retail, restaurant and other openings continuing...

The Anthem at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC
19 Adventurous Date Ideas in Washington, DC

Whether you've journeyed by car, Amtrak train or American Airlines , the nation’s capital is quite the place to for an adventurous date or romantic getaway. From its national parks and outdoor adventures to exciting culinary journeys and more, Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want...

Couple in Rock Creek Park - Free Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC
14 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Washington, DC

As 2018 approaches, it’s time to start planning how you’ll see 2017 out. The city’s bars, restaurants, attractions and venues present you with plenty of options for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the nation’s capital. Here are a few of our favorites from all over the city. ••• Throw down at a DC...

@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf 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
17 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
13 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Women’s Voices Theater Festival Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival (ending Feb. 15) will celebrate the incredible impact that women...

Atmosphere at Washington Capitals Hockey Game at Capital One Arena - Hockey in Washington, DC
10 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
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. Each of these vendors are members of Made in DC , a local...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
Neighborhood Guide to Winter Restaurant Week in Washington, DC

Winter in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 22-28, 2018. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and...

Doi Moi 14th Street Washington, DC
7 Places to Get the Best Views of Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has no shortage of great rooftop bars and restaurants , but it also includes some especially iconic cityscapes with marble memorials and sweeping National Mall vistas. While the Washington Monument gets some modern upgrades for its elevator, visitors can still get a bird’s-eye...

Terrace Overlooking Potomac River from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Where to Get the Best Skyline Views in Washington, DC