While Washington, D.C. is known as the nation's capitol, the city offers more than political monuments and embassies. The city is divided into four main quadrants, which explains why you'll see plenty of addresses containing "Avenue NW" and "Street NE." These quadrants hold neighborhoods like Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, and Columbia Heights. Spend some time in the city, and you'll learn it's home to hip new bars, delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and lush public parks. The city is a tourist hot spot, but plenty of renters live in NoMA condos and have capitol views.
It's easy to get around D.C. and the greater NOVA area without a car. You'll likely be within walking distance of everything you need, and there are also efficient and expansive metro and bus systems. Plenty of traffic, lots of circles (Dupont Circle, Thomas Circle, Logan Circle, etc.), and a lack of parking make driving in the city stressful.
D.C. has four distinct seasons including cold winters and hot, humid summers. Mild temperatures and low humidity make spring and fall the most pleasant times of the year, with cherry blossoms in April and colorful leaves in October.
Top sights and attractions
Home to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Capitol Hill, and more, you can spend hours wandering around the National Mall. Even if you're not interested in history or politics, the mall hosts various events throughout the year and is a great place to people watch.