Twinkling Christmas trees on the White House lawn. Ice skating over a glittering wharf. Sipping a martini in an igloo at the Watergate Hotel. Washington DC is the playground of politicians, partisans, and spies, full of history and intrigue as well as culture and inspiration. Along Washington DC’s storied and historic streets you’ll discover remnants of the United States’ colorful and chaotic history, the largest museum complex in the world, and America’s most famous buildings and monuments. But Washington DC really shines in the winter, when it’s covered in twinkling lights and Christmas decorations! We tapped a local tour guide to give us the inside scoop.
Two things usually come to mind when people think of Washington DC: 8th grade field trips and government buildings. Anyway, those are the two things that came to our guest poster’s mind when she decided to move to the United States capital for a new job. Having spent most of her childhood in nearby Virginia, her idea of Washington DC was that it was only museums, monuments, and old guys in neckties walking briskly into government offices. Spending over a year here has turned that perception upside down. Washington DC is buzzing with nightlife, street festivals, crazy psychedelic art exhibits, and more. And yes, it’s literally full of young professionals who are ambitious, passionate, and energetic. Here’s how to discover the city like a local – everything you need to know for your trip to Washington DC!