Washington, D.C. isn't all work and no play—in fact, it's done good work of late to shake its reputation as a buttoned-up bore. In addition to having the greatest range of historic monuments and iconic buildings in the country, D.C. has quietly developed a reputation for its craft brewing, food halls (try Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market), and sprawling outdoor spaces. Come cherry blossom season, D.C. is the place to be. –K.L.For more, visit our Washington D.C. City Guide.
With its beautiful gardens, vibrantly painted Georgian houses along Rainbow Row, and carriages clacking across cobblestone streets, Charleston remains one of the country’s most picturesque cities. —K.L.