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Washington

Your guide to the Nation's Capital.

Welcome to Washington, DC - the capital of the United States. Here's where it all happens, and if you're considering calling DC home, it can happen for you, too. With plenty to offer any type of lifestyle, Washington, DC, is a place unlike any other.


Monuments and memorials, rivers and history, sports and cultural events - Washington, DC, will never leave you at a lack of places to go, things to do, or people to see - and many of these activities are free. Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, Washington, DC, offers a rich array of history, while at the same time is speeding toward tomorrow. Its residents and guests enjoy working, dining, shopping, and playing. While millions of people come to visit Washington, DC, each year from all around the world, there are many who end up staying and calling it home.


What to do in Washington

There is never a lack of things to do in Washington, DC - starting with a visit to one of the area's many historical attractions, such as the U.S.Capital Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and of course, the White House. If you're more into the outdoor scene, there are literally miles and miles of panoramic trails to explore - starting with the 2,000-acre Rock Creek Park. There is also the Capital Crescent Trail that runs all the way from Georgetown to Silver Spring, Maryland. And, the Potomac River offers numerous options for water-related activities. The area's food scene is also hard to beat - including some of the nation's best micro breweries. Here, from spring to fall, you can experience open-air beer gardens, along with snacks and music.


How to Get Around in Washington

Although Washington, DC, is a fairly large metro area, getting around can be easy - once you have obtained the proper map or app. The Metrorail system (or METRO), has an expansive network of trains that connect all of the city's quadrants with suburban Virginia and Maryland. It consists of six color-coded lines to help passengers determine direction and location. Metro closes nightly at Midnight. The Metrobus system also runs literally hundreds of routes throughout Washington, DC, as well as the greater DC area. There are in excess of 1,400 buses that use compressed natural gas or a hybrid electric drive system that help to keep the city eco-friendly. One of the best ways to also get around town is by walking or riding a bike. The city offers wide sidewalks in order to accommodate pedestrians. Also, the Capital Bikeshare program has more than 350 stations all across Washington, DC, as well as Maryland and Virginia. It offers more than 3,000 bikes to share and use for those who join.


What it's like to live in Washington

Living in Washington, DC, can be exciting and fun, and loaded with opportunity. While the cost of living here can be a bit pricy, there are also good employment prospects - especially if you are in a government-related line of work. Living in or near the downtown area can allow you to alleviate a long, slow commute in or out of the city for work purposes, if that is where your office happens to be. As far as social, cultural, and dining options, this area really leaves nothing out. Access to top-notch museums, art galleries, and events are here at your fingertips, as well as to just about every sports team imaginable. And, for the outdoors person in you, there is plenty of open green space to be found just outside the city limits.


Where to find apartments in Washington

There are places to live both directly in downtown Washington, DC, and in the surrounding neighborhoods. However, prior to heading out to take a look, it is always wise to do some preliminary research. When you're looking for an apartment in Washington, DC, you are likely going to be required to hand over both a security deposit, as well as the first month's rent. This will also generally need to be accompanied by proof from your employer that you have income that is stable, and that is more than what you will need for your monthly rent. Also, you should have good credit, and good credit references. With regard to finding that perfect Washington, DC apartment, there are some factors that you will want to consider. For example, think about the type of neighborhood that you will want to live in with regard to proximity to public transportation, as well as to other amenities, such as parks, shopping, and restaurants, as well as to your employer. For instance, what size place do you need or want? Apartments in Washington, DC, can come in all sizes - as well as price ranges. In addition, what types of conveniences will you want to have included, such as laundry in your unit? A garage? A workout facility on-site? Then, after you've narrowed down your list, it will be a lot easier to find your perfect apartment.


Neighborhoods in Washington

Adams Morgan


Adams Morgan is a popular Washington, DC, neighborhood. Here you will find a plethora of chic decor, as well as a nice variety of dining establishments, bars, and shops. This area is known for being diverse and brimming with creatives. Also, if you're into the nightlife, you will not be disappointed here, as the main thoroughfare provides a mix of trendy bars and music venues.

Anacostia


Situated just east of the Potomac River, you will find the Anacostia neighborhood. Here, you will find history mixed with local culture and experiences. There is also a lot of open space here for those who are hikers and bikers to enjoy - such as the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and the nearby Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Residents here can also enjoy the Anacostia Playhouse and the Anacostia Roller Skating Pavilion. One of this neighborhood's biggest claims to fame is the more than 19-foot-tall "Big Chair" sculpture.

Brookland


Brookland, also commonly referred to as "Little Rome," is the home of Catholic University. There are also a number of churches in the area. This neighborhood features tree lined streets, along with many "retro" shops and storefronts for residents to enjoy. Catering to the university students, you will also find a number of dining and drinking establishments throughout the area, including Brookland Pint.

Capitol Hill


One of the most popular places to live in the Washington, DC, area is Capitol Hill. Here you will find a market, along with numerous dining and shopping establishments. This is also the area where you will find the United States Capitol, the U.S. House and Senate, and the Supreme Court. It is a very walkable area, so it is easy to get around in and to navigate for newcomers.

Capitol Riverfront


Just a tad bit south of the United States Capitol, you will find the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Here, situated along the Anacostia River, is the home of the Washington Nationals baseball team's ballpark. If you are the outdoorsy type, you will love all that there is to do here, including kayaking and walking along the river. There is also a booming restaurant and shopping scene. The home of the U.S. Navy Museum is here, too.

Columbia Heights


Columbia Heights offers a nice mix of restaurants and bars for those who love the nightlife scene. This is commonly known as a hotspot for creatives, offering galleries and lofts. You will also find here the GALA Hispanic Theater and the Mexican Cultural Institute. Many international organizations and embassies are also housed in this area, along 16th Street.

Downtown Washington, DC


If you're seeking the hustle and bustle of city living, then downtown Washington, DC, may be just the place for you. This is truly the center of the nation's capital, due to its close proximity to it government centers. But downtown Washington, DC, also offers a nice mix of residential living options, too.
Living in this area, you will be in walkable distance to a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, theatres, and other entertainment establishments. There are also a plethora of attractions, including the White House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery and the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Shoppers will love the CityCenterDC, a literal retail destination.

Dupont Circle


Dupont Circle offers a number of cafes, bars, and boutiques for its residents and guests to enjoy. It is considered to be a cosmopolitan neighborhood and can truly offer something for just about everyone.

Foggy Bottom


If you love the outdoors, then the Foggy Bottom area could be a good option. Home to the State Department and the Kennedy Center, this riverside neighborhood also provides water related activities, as it borders the southern edge of the Potomac River. There are lots of yummy restaurants located in this area of town, as well.

Georgetown


Cobblestone sidewalks and tree lined streets are common sights in the Georgetown area. It is also well known for some of the area's best dining and shopping venues - including Georgetown Cupcakes and Crumbs & Whiskers, the area's first cat cafe.

H Street NE


The H Street NE neighborhood is located on the northeast side of Washington, DC, and for those who are into the nightlife scene, this may be a top spot for you. There are also many fairs and festivals that are held here every year.

Logan Circle


Logan Circle attained its name from a traffic roundabout located on its south end. This neighborhood possesses quite a bit of old time charm. It tends to attract young professionals and young, growing families.

Penn Quarter & Chinatown


The Penn Quarter and Chinatown areas are considered to be quite trendy. Foodies, shoppers, and sports fans alike will all find what they're looking for right here. You will also find a great deal of culture, starting with the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. There are also a number of theatre and entertainment venues, as well as sports to cheer on - including the Washington Wizards NBA team and the Washington Capitals hockey team.

Petworth


If you're looking for more of a sense of cozy community, then Petworth could be just the place. Petworth is known for its many local events that are held each year, including its annual Celebrate Petworth, that is centered around music, art, food, and family. There is also the yearly Petworth Jazz Project, a free music series held each year during the warmer months. Residents of this community can enjoy visiting the Community Market every Saturday morning, as well as the many local dining and shopping establishments.

Shaw


Shaw is considered to be one of DC's most up-and-coming neighborhoods. The Shay and other shops and eateries are some of the local favorites. There are a number of concert halls, theatres, and other entertainment venues - including the Howard Theatre, where Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway once played.

Southwest Waterfront


If you are into experiencing the arts and local history, then Southwest Waterfront may be a good choice for you. This area is also home to the nation's longest continually operating open-air fish market. You will also find here an active waterfront community that enjoys recreational activities, as well as easy access to downtown DC.

U Street


U Street is brimming with culture. This diverse area hosts a myriad of eateries, bars, and boutiques for all to enjoy. And, for those who love the nightlife scene, you will find it right here, too.

Upper Northwest


The Upper Northwest area actually includes several neighborhoods, such as Tenleytown, Glover Park, and Friendship Heights. There are numerous points of interest in these areas, such as the Washington National Cathedral, and the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Known for being more of a historic area, the tree lined streets offer a cozier feel. Residents enjoy numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops here as well.

Woodley Park


Woodley Park is considered an uptown neighborhood, offering many great eateries and sidewalk cafes. Its most well-known attraction is the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Living here, you also have access to nearby Rock Creek Park where you can enjoy nature hikes and taking in some fresh air.

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