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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 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
Appetite for Perfection: Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Washington, DC

Although Michelin stars are highly coveted, the Bib Gourmand designation (“Bib” is short for “Bibendum,” known as “Michelin Man” in English) signifies a restaurant delivering a high quality dining experience at a reasonable price. To be precise, a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant must offer...

Diners at The Royal in Shaw - Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Washington, DC
DC On the Water: 12 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts , with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities 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
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
Dog-Friendly DC: The Best Places to Bring Your Pets in Washington, DC

If you’ve brought your dog along for your trip to Washington, DC, have no fear: there are plenty of places that welcome and cater to canines. We’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, scenic parks and shops that will be perfect for your pup. Places to Eat and Drink Pinea at the W...

@russ_the_bustagram - Dog in front of Lincoln Memorial - Dog-friendly places 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 fall or winter . Each...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
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
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
The Best Places to Eat in DC's Shaw Neighborhood

A short walk from Howard University from the north or Mount Vernon Square from the south, the ultra hot neighborhood of Shaw has made a name for itself with its mix of eclectic retail, raved about restaurants and bragging rights to some very cool African American jazz history. No national chains...

Haikan ramen restaurant in Shaw neighborhood - Where to eat in Shaw Washington, DC