The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Washington, DC

April 1, 2024 | Inside Washington {Metro} | By: The Goodhart Group

Are you considering a move to Washington, DC? Whether you’re drawn to the rich history, vibrant culture, diverse food scene, or exciting job opportunities, the nation’s capital has something for everyone. In this ultimate guide, we’ll explore the best restaurants, cultural attractions, things to do, and why Washington, DC is a fantastic place to call home.

**Why Move to Washington, DC?**

History: Washington, DC is steeped in history, with iconic landmarks such as the White House, the Capitol Building, and the National Mall. History buffs will appreciate the city’s many (free!) museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the nation’s past.

Culture: The city’s cultural scene is thriving, with world-class performing arts venues, art galleries, and live music venues. From the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the vibrant U Street corridor, there’s always something new to explore in DC.

Food: Washington, DC is a food lover’s paradise, with a diverse culinary landscape that reflects the city’s international population. From Michelin-starred restaurants to bustling food markets, there’s no shortage of delicious dining options to satisfy every palate.

People: The people of Washington, DC are known for their passion, drive, and diversity. The city’s residents come from all walks of life, creating a dynamic and inclusive community that welcomes newcomers with open arms.

Jobs: As the seat of the federal government, Washington, DC offers a wide range of job opportunities across industries such as politics, public policy, international relations, and more. The city’s robust economy and growing tech sector make it an attractive destination for professionals seeking new career prospects.

**Best Restaurants in Washington, DC**

– **Rose’s Luxury:** This award-winning restaurant in Capitol Hill offers an inventive and ever-changing menu that celebrates seasonal ingredients and bold flavors.

– **Nina May:** This family-style restaurant in the heart of Shaw offers seasonal and hyperlocal ingredients. 

– **Maydan:** Step into the world of Middle Eastern cuisine at Maydan, where wood-fired dishes and communal dining create a truly memorable dining experience.

For more on dining in DC check out our blogs here, here, and here.

**Best Cultural Attractions in Washington, DC**

– **The Smithsonian Museums, Galleries, and Zoo:** Explore the world’s largest museum complex, which includes 17 museums and galleries, offering everything from art and history to aerospace and natural history; and don’t miss the National Zoo!

– **The National Gallery of Art:** Immerse yourself in a world of artistic masterpieces, from classical to contemporary, at this renowned art museum located on the National Mall.

– **The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:** Experience world-class performances in music, dance, theater, and more at this iconic cultural institution overlooking the Potomac River.

**Best Things to Do in Washington, DC**

– **Explore the National Mall:** Take a stroll along the iconic National Mall, home to the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, among other historic landmarks.

– **Visit the Tidal Basin:** Witness the breathtaking beauty of the cherry blossoms in full bloom around the Tidal Basin, a beloved annual tradition in the city.

– **Attend a Sporting Event:** Whether you’re a fan of baseball, basketball, or soccer, Washington, DC offers plenty of opportunities to cheer on the home teams at venues like Nationals Park and Capital One Arena.

Click here for a fan’s guide to planning your Washington Capitals game day and here for a fan’s guide to planning your Washington Nationals game day

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Washington, DC is a city of endless possibilities, where history, culture, food, and opportunities converge to create a truly unique and vibrant urban experience. Whether you’re drawn to the city’s rich heritage, diverse culinary scene, or thriving cultural landscape, moving to Washington, DC promises an exciting new chapter in your life.

Be sure to also check out our Ultimate Guide to Alexandria here and our Ultimate Guide to Arlington here! 

Do you have questions about moving to Washington, DC? Call us directly 703-362-3221, email us at or


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