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The Washington D.C. Guide

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The Washington D.C. Guide

Locals say the vibe in DC, from popularity of neighborhoods to the real estate market, changes depending on the administration. While we can’t tell for sure, we do notice a palpable shift in fashionable areas of town as this term comes to a close. A previously hot Georgetown seems to now have more cupcake shops than restaurants, while an edgier U Street and the urban Chinatown/Penn Quarter area boom. Check out the best of DC’s most happening neighborhoods plus our new and classic favorites from all around the nation’s capital.

Dupont Circle Afternoon

Dupont Circle Afternoon

Dupont Circle offers a myriad of places to eat, drink, shop, and hang out. Catch up on reading at Kramerbooks, grab dinner at Nora or Little Serrow, stop in for a vodka at The Russia House or simply relax by the fountain in the circle and enjoy the aspiring musicians and prime people-watching.

Georgetown & the Canal

Georgetown & the Canal

Don’t let the crowds on shop-laden M Street deter you from this picturesque area. Hop off the beaten path and head north towards Prospect Street for a stroll along the beautiful townhouse-lined, cobblestone streets, stopping for a sandwich at the charming university deli Booeymonger. Or head south for a walk along the canal, taking a break in Cady’s Alley, for a peek into DC’s design district.

National Mall

National Mall

Aside from being a great place to stroll, the National Mall is lined with the amazing (and free) Smithsonian museums. We particularly love the National Gallery, chock full of contemporary and Modern art, and the National Air and Space Museum, a fun and interactive place for kids and families.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park

Silver Spring

This large urban natural area bisects the city and features public park facilities, including a golf course, a tennis stadium, an outdoor concert venue, a planetarium, playgrounds and more.