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A Global City with Urban Edge.

The Washington, DC of old may conjure visions of politics, monuments and cherry blossoms - but today’s capital city offers so much more to its 20+ million annual visitors from around the world. Whether you’re attending an internationally-recognized event, touring one of our 190+ embassies or international culture centers, or taking in one of DC’s many special attractions, you’ll find a city bursting with diversity and innovation. For business or pleasure, DC welcomes - and wows - all travelers.

Natural Beauty & National Treasures.

With dozens of green open spaces and breathtaking riverfront views, DC is the perfect place to stroll, run, cycle or paddle. Or go on an endless quest for knowledge and enlightenment by visiting our national monuments and memorials.  Explore the museums and art galleries that dot all four corners of the District, catering their curations for spymasters, history enthusiasts, art lovers and everyone in between.

And don’t miss the capital’s treasured public places like the National Zoo, National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and theater district - all world-renowned for their beauty and free for all who visit the city.

A Global Menu.

 The New York Times named DC the #1 place to visit in 2020 for its “already-rich culture and dining scene, offering a vast menu of fresh sights and tastes,” including culinary humanitarian, José Andrés, and nearly twenty other Michelin-starred chefs. With 30+ farmers markets and 18 Michelin-starred restaurants – and counting – DC’s food scene gives New York and Paris a run for their money. 

Cultural Trendsetter.

Local live music venues may be too numerous to count, but count on finding your jam somewhere in town any day of the week. Our eclectic festivals and neighborhoods embrace the rich diversity of cultures represented in the capital and each has its own distinct character.

District of Champions.

There’s no doubt about it, with Washington continuing on a winning streak, DC is fast becoming the nation’s sports capital. Welcome to the home of multiple world-champion teams, including the MLB Nationals,  NBA Wizards, WNBA Mystics, NHL Capitals, and MLS DC United. Take in a pro, college or amateur game or electrifying esports tournament while you’re here, or play one of your own. Whatever your sport - kickball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer and more - we’ve got a field waiting for you.

Accessibility, Sustainability & More.

DC is the nation’s capital for a reason. Beyond its attractions, it’s easily accessible to visitors from all corners of the world and once you’re here, it’s also easy to get around. With three international airports, a convenient metro system, vast bike-share network and plenty of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, our priority on sustainability has made DC one of the country’s most walkable cities. We’re also the world’s first LEED Platinum city. Maybe all of that walking is why we’ve been named one of the fittest cities in the country!

Whatever your interest– from annual craft festivals, concerts, sports, breweries and distilleries, to parades, holiday celebrations and more – you’ll find it happening in DC.  

 

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