Condé Nast Traveler just announced their 36th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and D.C. *just* made it into the top 10. Ranking above Miami at number 9, the District is getting some well-deserved love that goes beyond consulting and politics.
So what are the highlights of our city according to Condé Nast Traveler? The National Museum of African-American History and Culture, The Wharf, stylish Airbnbs and craft beer. Given that both the museum and wharf are relatively recent additions to the city, opening in 2016 and 2017, it makes us wonder what other new buildings and neighborhoods might be featured in a future ranking!
As a city that’s often only recognized by visitors for its monuments and government buildings, we’re happy to get a shoutout for shedding our “buttoned-up reputation.” Check out the full blurb below:
9. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. may have finally shed its buttoned-up reputation. Yes, we’re still riding the high from the 2016 opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, designed by world-renowned British-Ghanian architect David Adjaye. But then came the smartly revitalized Wharf, with its can’t-miss waterfront views, and the arrival of hotel Eaton, which prioritizes activism instead of pillow mints—not to mention the city’s stylish Airbnbs. Suddenly, we can’t seem to get enough of the place. Something’s brewing in D.C., and it’s not just the craft beer.
Wondering which U.S. city earned the grand title of first place? That would be Chicago – for the seventh year in a row. Following closely in second place was San Diego, and Milwaukee in third. (Not a lot of love for the east coast in the top three!)
New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, NYC, Nashville and Miami rounded out the remainder of the cities. Take a look at the full list here for more deets.