DC Cool

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

13 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience

When it comes to DC’s music legends, the landscape is as diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the District’s musical Rushmore. Each artist has influenced the local landscape for years, but what’s the scene like...

Echostage - Live Music Venues 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
5 Pokémon Go Tips to Become the Very Best in Washington, DC

Since launching this July, the mobile game Pokémon Go has become a viral sensation, and that couldn’t be more true anywhere than in the nation’s capital. As one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, DC is primed for the free-to-download, augmented reality game in which users stroll...

Pokémon Go - Washington, DC
#MyDCcool Fan Photos of the Month

We’ve asked our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook fans to tag their DC pics #MyDCcool , and the results have been incredible! Don’t miss these spectacular photos from the last month, including jaw-dropping captures from inside the National Building Museum’s summer exhibition, Fun House, exciting...

@angel_beil - Visitors on the Washington Monument grounds outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Things to do 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
7 DC Record Shops 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
18 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 one of DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to the Southwest Waterfront , The Wharf features an accessible...

Recreation Pier at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC
10 Awesome Summer Hotel Packages & Deals in Washington, DC

Summertime is a great time to visit Washington, DC, as the city comes alive with can’t-miss events and festivals. Hotels all over the city, and even some just outside of it, are offering awesome packages and deals throughout the season. Check out some great options below and make sure to explore...

The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel - Best rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC
Before the Sun Sets on Summer Sweepstakes

Do you hunger for adventure? Enter the Taste and Tour Sweepstakes for your chance to win a getaway for two to Washington, DC, including a hotel stay, tours of the city’s most iconic spots and award-winning dining experiences. Taste and Tour Sweepstakes Package And don't forget to plan your best...

Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall - Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC
Guide to Dining at Michelin 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 2018 Washington, DC Michelin Guide is available , and it’s brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants, affordable hot spots and essential eating insights...

minibar by José Andrés - Luxe Date Ideas in Washington, DC