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Overall, D.C. is known for a fairly mild climate that still gets all four seasons. Expect heat waves that make poolside lounging appropriate for summer and temps that drop low enough for the occasional snow in the winter. Rainfall is average, and the area doesn’t often deal with severe weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes. 

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washington, d.c.

washington, d.c. at a glance

When moving to Washington, a cost of living hike may occur. The area has a cost of living that’s 53% higher than the national average, and housing costs are, on average, 144% higher than the national average. While it’s not the most affordable area for newcomers, D.C. does offer plenty of free attractions and things to do.

The metro area is home to employers such as Lockhead Martin, Amazon, Capital One, Northrop Grumman, and Fannie Mae. Numerous large companies have headquarters or major locations in the area, and it’s a fairly easy commute from the metro area to other major cities, increasing employment opportunities. 

You can get around most of the D.C. area via bus, rail, and car. Many of the neighborhoods are walkable, and you can also use bikes and scooters to travel between nearby neighborhoods. The city is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

D.C. has more than 200 public and charter schools for grades K-12. It’s also home to Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Howard University, and numerous other public and private 4-year colleges.

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where to live, have fun, and explore


This walkable neighborhood is imbued with historic charm. Cobblestone streets, upscale shopping, and views of the Potomac make it a desirable home for many.

Residents in this area enjoy easy access to nightlight and cultural attractions. A central park provides an outdoor space with a historical and architectural ambiance. 

This area houses the U.S. Capitol and other important government structures and is also home to gorgeous historic row house residences. 

Residents in this neighborhood can enjoy parks, historical architecture, and plenty of modern urban lifestyle amenities, including restaurants, art galleries, and shopping boutiques. 

Eclectic shops, plenty of international cuisines, and music venues make this vibrant neighborhood a virtual melting pot. 

 Renovated warehouses have become homes, theaters, galleries, and restaurants in this historic neighborhood.

Historically, this neighborhood is closely tied to Black jazz culture. Today, you’ll find historic landmarks, bars, music venues, and other options for exciting nightlife in the area.

The Columbia Heights Metro station makes this neighborhood especially accessible, and residents enjoy plenty of shopping and dining options.

George Washington University is located in this area, and residents can easily access a number of local attractions, including many of the Smithsonian museums. 

This neighborhood is located along the Anacostia River and offers a number of sports, dining, and entertainment amenities. 

things to do in washington

National Cherry Blossom Festival. Choose from a wide range of activities, including live music, a majestic kite show, and a parade, all of which take place in D.C. during the height of cherry blossom season in the spring. 
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. View folk performances that range from narrative storytelling to song and dance. You can also take part in a number of workshops and enjoy delicious treats on the foodways. 
Independence Day Celebration. Enjoy the patriotic happenings in the nation’s capital on and around the 4th of July. Check out the Independence Day parade or view fireworks from the National Mall.
DC Jazz Festival. This jazz festival offers a musically cool retreat from summer heat every June. Enjoy live music, good food, and fun vendor booths. 
H Street Festival. This single-day festival takes up multiple blocks and offers entertainment for people of all ages, including fashion, poetry, art, music, and children’s programs. 

Washington Football Team. The Washington Commanders bring professional-level action to the gridiron during football season. Fans can catch home games at FedEx Field, just outside D.C. in Maryland.
Washington Nationals. Those who prefer America’s favorite pastime can catch a Nationals game at Nationals Park in the Navy Yard region of the metro area.
Washington Wizards. Basketball aficionados can watch the Wizards conduct magic on the court in the Capital One Arena.
Washington Capitals. The Capital One Arena also hosts home games for the Washington Capitals, a professional hockey team. 
D.C. United. If you’re looking to view a professional soccer match, head to Audi Field to catch a game played by D.C. United. 

U Street Corridor. As the birthplace of Duke Ellington, this area has reigned as a music nightspot for many decades. Today, you can find good food and plenty of good beats in the area.
Adams Morgan. The 18th-street corridor of this neighborhood is heavily peppered with clubs, restaurants, and unique shopping options. 
H Street NE. This small area is home to the Atlas Performing Arts Center as well as numerous restaurants, shops, and nightlife locations. 
Dupont Circle. For a laid-back evening, the area around Dupont Circle serves up cute cafes, unique shops, and plenty of outdoor spaces to relax in.
Navy Yard. This riverside area is home to Nationals Park as well as plenty of cafes, shops, and pubs. 

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Choose from two locations in D.C. or Chantilly — admission is free.
National Zoo. View animals from around the world with free admission to this museum when you reserve passes online. 
International Spy Museum. Uncover spy secrets from across the globe by purchasing tickets to this museum online. 
National Children’s Museum. This kid-friendly museum is open every day but Tuesdays and a few major holidays. 
The United States Botanic Garden. Enjoy gated gardens and an indoor conservatory for free daily. 

Rock Creek Park. This 1,754-acre park includes options for viewing historic sites and exploring nature with your pet.
National Mall and Tidal Basin. Explore iconic monuments as you stroll beneath the cherry trees near the water. 
Yards Park. This riverside green space includes water features such as fountains.
Shaw Dog Park. This volunteer-run dog park lets you let your companion off leash for some safe exercise.

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washington restaurants & breweries

D.C. is home to eateries of all types, so whatever you’re hungry or thirsty for, you can find it. From fine-dining at J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse, which offers a raw bar, to deli sandwiches and burgers at Soko Butcher, you’ll find fresh eats and amazing drinks throughout the metro area.

For breakfast, try Lincoln’s Waffle Shop or Ted’s Bulletin. For a real diner experience, visit Nick’s Diner or Tony’s Place. For a night out on the town, stop by bars like Breadsoda Bar, which includes a deli, and The Green Zone, which serves up cocktails with Middle Eastern ingredients. 

environmental standards

Washington, D.C. demonstrates a commitment to environmental standards through initiatives like an expansive public transit system, strict energy efficiency requirements for buildings, promotion of green spaces, and adoption of renewable energy sources, showcasing its dedication to sustainability in a densely populated urban environment.

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washington moving & storage

Relocating can be a lot of work, but you can make it easier on yourself by working with a moving and storage company. Our team at CEND can take care of the hard part, giving you plenty of time to get settled into your new place.