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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.

10 Great Summer Hotel Packages in Washington, DC

Spring makes for a great time to visit Washington, DC, as the city comes alive with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and can’t-miss spring activities . Hotels all over the city, and even some just outside of it, are offering awesome packages and deals throughout the coming months. Check out...

@pinkie925 - Spring flowers in front of the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall 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 for you to enjoy while in town this winter. Each of these...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
Color Me DC: 15 Ways to Embrace Spring Colors in Washington, DC

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom . However, you can find nearly the entire color spectrum when you peruse DC's museums, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods. Lucky for you, we've picked out the best ways to discover all...

@beautifulpaper - 'LOVE' mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Colorful things to do in Washington, DC
5 Pokémon Go Tips to Become the Very Best in Washington, DC

Since launching, 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 the streets...

Pokémon Go - Washington, DC
20+ 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
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
40+ Concerts to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

Alright, so, summer is over (or almost, anyway). We’re disappointed. You’re disappointed. But have no fear! Many of Washington, DC’s amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages this fall. Among these venues includes three new jam-worthy spots at...

@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -
7 Record Shops In & Around DC 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
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so whether you're a foodie or just looking for some sunshine, there are great options for you. Check out our list of the best DC patios below, and make sure to visit the Georgetown waterfront , the Capitol Riverfront...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC
17 Luxurious & Fancy Date Ideas in Washington, DC

If you’re looking for the fanciest, most luxurious date ideas in Washington, DC, then you’ve come to the right place. The nation’s capital is the perfect location for a posh and romantic getaway. From its Michelin-starred restaurants starring world-renowned chefs to its swanky hotels and...

Dinner service at The Dabney in Shaw - Michelin-starred, romantic restaurant in Washington, DC