Considering the move? Come bring your awesomeness to the Capital.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the most powerful city in the world?
It’s not just politics that makes DC the place to be, but the culture and community continue to attract more and more people each year, and here’s why.
1. DC is an Art and Culture Hub!
From First Friday gallery hopping through Dupont to touring the studios of upcoming artists, DC has a lot to offer if you prefer to sip your cocktails surrounded by beauty and ingenuity.
If you want to stay updated on what arts events are happening in town, check these out.
Witness cutting edge theatre productions in the city.
Experience massive interactive ARTECHOUSE displays.
To enjoy all things art and humanities-related check out Culture Capital for the best in performances, music, and dance.
Rent studio space and encounter new artists with DC Art Studios.
2. It’s Actually Beautiful
Looking for a place to sit and read a book, hidden trails to wander, and secret paradises to discover? We’ve got it all here. Really!
Want some DARO favorites? Give yourself a day to walk around Haines park, or else just take a hop skip and a jump down Klingle Valley Trail during the fall (perfect for insta, just saying). Check out this list of parks in DC!
And just to brag…DC often gets rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the US.
3. GOOD Food From All Over the World
Look, the only place you are going to find better Ethiopian food than DC is in Ethiopia. Seriously.
Here is a list of all the best international eats in the city.
Also, check out this awesome festival in August called the Around the World Culture Food Festival. It draws in a lot of people, and no true foodie can miss it!
4. One Word: Jobs
The DC area is one of the fastest growing in the nation. Massive companies have headquarters there, and flocks of government contractors and subcontractors have set up camp here for good.
Even the surrounding counties outside of DC have some of the most competitive salaries for teachers, nurses, construction workers, etc.
If you’re trying to get in on the ground floor of a US government agency then check out usajobs.com (they legally have to post all job openings to the public!)
5. The CAPS
If you are a sports fan you get it. If you’re not, allow me to explain.
If you need help “getting into” a game then try making a small bet with a friend. The thought of losing money can make you care in a way that just observing might not.
For those of you who know how fun and exciting it is to have a good sports team representing you, take hear that the CAPS are the second best metropolitan hockey team in the US (after the NY Islanders…for now, anyway).
If you’re looking for more sports in the DC area check out a sports fans guide to the city.
6. Really Well-Funded, Actually-Cool Museums.
Want to get your James Bond on? Go to the International Spy Museum, get assigned a cover identity and mission, and see how well you could make it in the field while checking out mind-blowing gadgets real spies have used!
That’s just one museum to check out. There is the Newseum, which offers a chance to contemplate how media is produced and how it affects us all.
There is the Natural History Museum, renown home of the Hope Diamond.
If you are looking for more ideas, check out this list to see which ones spark your curiosity.
7. Music + Festivals galore!!!!!
8. DC is a Kid-Friendly City!
9. The LGBTQ+ Scene
DC is a cool, safe place to be gay. We have gay bars and clubs a-plenty. Actually, we have the highest rates of self-identified LGBTQ+ people in the US.
Our yearly pride parade is practically the event of the summer!
There are also queer spaces and queer events that can connect you with the full spectrum of the DC LGBTQA+ world.
Move to DC Bonus: The Epic Backdrop
Let’s be honest. It’s cool to take a run in the morning and pass the monuments that the rest of the world sees in movies.
You’ll get hit by a sense of awe from time to time as you look over the famous skyline and remember how important this city actually is. Come check it out!