There’s always been the great divide between “Washington” and “D.C.” People who come to work in Washington, are discouraged to engage in D.C. People who come to D.C., want to do more than just take a walk across the National Mall and barhop with Hill staffers. While the politicians spin, students in D.C. are expected to show up to class, baristas are still at their stations, public libraries are open, historic houses, private small and large galleries are still hosting tours, local restaurants still have their regulars popping in. When Washington shuts down, D.C. stays open.

Visiting DC, check out:
Washington Post Going Out Gurus
Pink Line Project (arts guide)
Washington Walks