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Best Places to Work in DC: U.S. Travel Association

Northwest DC; 60 employees

If there’s an employer that understands the value of time off, it’s this nonprofit trade association, whose goal is to promote travel to and within the United States. Not that employees don’t work hard—they stage an annual trade show, conduct market research, and advocate for travel-related legislation. Staffers tell us they are proud that increased tourism can mean more American jobs. To do their own jobs, they’re given generous flexibility, lots of encouragement (such as $250 “extra mile” awards), a friendly office with quarterly happy hours (Cinco de Mayo featured a mariachi band), and ample vacation—officially at least 20 days, but everyone also gets extra time off around holidays, including the entire week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Perk: Employees who use all their vacation time are entered in a drawing to win five prizes of $1,500 each.