Washington DC Highlights
There’s a bit of the entire world in Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States. Fast shedding its staid, conservative reputation as the center of politics in America, this powerful city is home to a thriving arts scene and the cultural expressions of a wildly diverse population.
Many of the country’s greatest chefs have restaurants (and food trucks) here, and you can find cuisines from countries as varied as Tibet, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and more. A hopping jazz scene mingles with Ghanaian beats and Central American salsa. Beloved local venues like Arena Stage and the Studio Theatre host some of finest writers and performers in the world. Creating a great demand for independent bookstores, coffee cafes, wine bars and refurbished historic taverns, the Smithsonian’s dizzying array of museums and galleries serve as a magnet for young historians, scientists and artists from across the globe.
The Nation's Capital invites you to get outdoors for a stroll through the forest in Rock Creek Park, alongside the Potomac River, through gardens full of water lilies, orchids and sculptures, or down a cobbled lane. Within a few square blocks, you can wander historic squares (and triangles) amidst an exciting architectural mix inspired by Ancient Greece, mid-19th-century Paris, the Victorian era and glassy, über-modern design. Much more than just a field trip for your kids, Washington, D.C. is a graceful, funky city full of surprises.