Katharine Rust is the head of editorial at LivingSocial, who has written travel and culture pieces for Time Out, The Atlantic, HuffPost.
The best museums in Washington, DC to visit
It’s highly likely that you’re planning to stop by at least a few museums during your visit to Washington DC. You’re in the capital, after all, so there’s a hell of history to learn about and plenty of culture happening here. But if it’s all looking a bit overwhelming, don’t panic. We’ve rounded up the very best museums and galleries in the city, for modern art to old nuclear missiles, and deep dives into American Indian, African American and Asian art history. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it in DC. Here are its best museums. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Washington, DC🏛️ The best Washington, DC attractions🍴 The best restaurants in DC right now🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Washington, DC This guide was written by Washington DC locals. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.
The best coffee shops and cafés in Washington, DC
With so many bookish staffers pulling late nights on Capitol Hill and engineers pulling late nights in their start-up’s home office, you’d think DC would be rife with coffee shops. You’d be right. DC’s caffeine scene is not entirely 24/7—though some cafés, like Tryst in Adams Morgan, come close. With sprawling couches (and an occasional Washington Post), outdoor seating, and such elevated menu items as house-made fig scones, chocolate croissants and Virginia sausage sandwiches, these days coffee shops in the capital offer a lot more than a mere cup of joe. RECOMMENDED: See the best restaurants in DC
The LGBT Guide to Washington, DC
Despite the fact that just about half of DC’s transient population is conservative (give or take a few percentages depending on whoever’s in the White House), the LGBT community is not only thriving, it’s practically the majority leader. That is, if you live on 17th Street, H Street, in Adams Morgan, Shaw, Dupont Circle, NoMa, Navy Yards…Did we mention gay DC is on the rise? Until about 15 years ago, the most flavor you’d savor in the District came in the form of mumbo sauce. But, as with any city’s gentrification pattern, wherever gays and lesbians move, gay and lesbian bars are sure to follow.
The best DC movie theaters
The nation’s capital may have earned the nickname “Hollywood for Ugly People,” but when you need an escape from the ongoing political drama, DC movie theaters deliver, whether you want to catch the latest releases, or find art-house fare in screening rooms and auditoriums within some of the city’s best art museums.