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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.

The 7 Best Snow Day Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, even major blizzards don’t stop District residents and visitors from donning their snow gear and taking to the streets to play. Join in a snowball fight, sled in the shadow of historic monuments and memorials or start your own snow day bar crawl at award-winning restaurants and...

Family on snowy Washington Monument grounds on the National Mall - The best snow day activities in Washington, DC
9 Distilleries You Should Know About In & Around Washington, DC

It seems fitting that in close proximity to where Congress ratified the amendment that brought Prohibition to an end is a thriving vodka, gin, rum and whiskey distillery scene. In recent years many DC locals have turned their hand to craft distilling. See how spirits are made and sample the end...

Cotton and Reed Rum Distillery in NoMa near Union Market - Distilleries in Washington, 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
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
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
12 Must-Visit Nightlife Hot Spots on U Street

With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs (there's more than one in this 'hood) to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this...

930 Club - Washington, DC
The 20+ Most Instagrammable Places in Washington, DC

The District is brimming with scenic, one-of-a-kind #views, mouthwatering #eeeeeats and plenty of unique spots to capture the best #photooftheday. Lucky for you, we've picked more than 20 of the coolest places to take pictures in Washington, DC. And make sure to follow @visitwashingtondc on...

Man taking photographs of the National Arboretum National Capitol Columns - The most Instagrammable places in Washington, DC
14 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 back; it’s also a concept that rules at many Washington, DC restaurants. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-try spots that source what’s on...

Convivial - Shaw Neighborhood Restaurant - Washington, DC
60+ Things to Do This April in Washington, DC

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation's capital and plan your visit today. Events National Cherry Blossom Festival – Through April 14 The nation’s...

@dougvansant - National Cherry Blossom Festival Petalpalooza fireworks at the Wharf - Spring festival and fireworks in Washington, DC
Date Nights DC Sweepstakes

Enter to win a romantic trip for two to Washington, DC, including a hotel stay, dining experiences at some of the city’s best restaurants, exclusive views of the city and much more! Date Nights DC Sweepstakes And don't forget to do date night right with our ultimate guide to romance, exclusive...

Couple at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Romantic date spots, places to eat and more in Washington, DC