From the Smithsonian Institution to restaurants hidden in unassuming alleys, the District’s reach is endless when it comes to both famous landmarks and hidden gems.
Luckily, social media accounts within the DMV have made it easy to scout out essential eateries, activities and general news to keep you in the know around the area. As you return to campus this fall, check out this list of handles for that next brunch spot, weekend adventure or local headline.
For food and drink:
@dcfoodgod is brought to you by D.C. natives who grew up going to the best spots in the city. The owners offer a holistic view of the D.C. dining scene, highlighting D.C.’s rich culture and fostering the local community. The account will satisfy the cravings of those looking for tastes from around the world without leaving the DMV.
@danieatsdc is a GW senior who visits the best local eateries including restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops. Her occasional food and gift card giveaways are reason enough to check out her Instagram account.
@dmvfoodfinds is always the first to feature new restaurants opening in the DMV. Account owner Maddie Smith has all of the best happy hour deals and hidden speakeasies for students to enjoy. From Georgetown to U Street, she offers food and drink options for all of our favorite D.C. neighborhoods.
@dcveganlife caters to the District’s vegan population. They make veganism easier, posting the tastiest and cheapest vegan eats and grocery spots, while emphasizing support for small businesses.
For events and activities:
@dcnowevents is the ultimate guide for upcoming activities in the DMV. Their Instagram account promotes events for couples, families and singles with pop-ups, festivals, drive-in movies and all of the information needed to attend them.
@dcfrolics publicizes the most irresistible events in the District, from sneak peeks of new museum exhibits to nearby festivals to fill your weekend. The account delivers ideas and tips you didn’t know you needed, like the best local parks to people-watch and where to find discounted movie tickets.
For the best attractions and places to explore:
@visitwashingtondc covers all things D.C. The account shares sporting events, nightlife, restaurants and more, featuring popular tourist attractions and partnering with small businesses.
@washingtonianmag profiles the finest of D.C. culture, from D.C. love stories to new apps to prime real estate. Read their top brunch picks or seasonal bucket lists – no matter the topic, Washingtonian will have you covered with Instagram-worthy events, restaurants and activities for you and your friends.
@outdoordatesdc shares the latest and greatest spots for dates around the District. The account centers on outdoor date destinations, like restaurants, brewing companies and rooftop bars. Their hidden picnic spots are guaranteed to score you that second date.
For local news and updates:
@DCist provides helpful updates ranging from local restaurant and bar openings to health, politics and all forms of local news. To be in the know about anything and everything in the District, DCist is the first handle to follow.
@metroforward is the official Instagram account for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Follow their account to keep up with updates about Metro construction, safety and delays.
@GWPolice is the official Twitter profile for the GW Police Department. Their account shares safety information, GW Alerts and weather advisories with the GW community.
@DCPoliceDepartment is the official account for the Metropolitan Police Department. Their Twitter features updates on active incidents, missing person information and notices about upcoming events throughout the District.
This article appeared in the August 29, 2022 issue of the Hatchet.