Friday Five: Our Nation’s Capitol…

Raise your hand if getting back to work this week after a prolonged period of holiday time off has you screaming TGIF, TGIF! I know it’s not just me… For today’s Friday Five Cynthia, Courtney and I chose a “fun” topic for the week – 5 things you love about your favorite city – or some variation of the theme πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading all your posts and discovering your favorite cities!!Β Nations Capitol

I have lived in a handful of cities and traveled all over. It was difficult to narrow down which city I’d focus on (and highlighted my love for Pittsburgh some time ago) but I chose the one I currently call home, our Nation’s Capitol:Β Washington, DC.Β 

1. The fitness. In 2014 the American College of Sports Medicine named DC the fittest city in America. Well, I know firsthand why. From the trails of Rock Creek Park, the National Mall sidewalks and everything in between it is truly a runners dream! DC is known for many quality races like the Marine Corps Marathon and Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. And let’s not forget using the great outdoors for all types of exercise like hiking, yoga, and paddling across the Potomac.

2. The monuments and memorials. So historic, so accessible, so profound.Β DC monuments

3. The snow.Β I’m allowed one sarcastic answer, right? I cannot tell you how much it baffles me to see a city absolutely FREAK OUT about winter weather.Β As someone who grew up in Pittsburgh and would wait patiently while the news listed all the school delays and closings for a feet or more of snow only to be disappointed then promptly bundled up and sent to the bus stop… itΒ trulyΒ baffles me. You would think they’d have figured out how to handle this by now. I find it slightly humorous.

and this was Tuesday... "the horror, the horror!"

and this was Tuesday… “the horror, the horror!”

4. Everything’s FREE! Ok, not everything but if you want to spend an afternoon hanging out at the Smithsonian or check out our favorite Panda, Bao Bao, on a low keyΒ day – there is no admission to most of DC’s museums, the National Zoo, monuments and other hot spots like the National Cathedral and fabulous memorials.

5. Cherry Blossoms. Can we just skip over winter?Β DC Cherry Blossom

What is your favorite city? What makes it your favorite?

74 thoughts on “Friday Five: Our Nation’s Capitol…

    1. You know, I really enjoyed my trip to Nashville this fall. Just sad it was bitterly cold and rainy so couldn’t enjoy it fully! I’ll be back though πŸ™‚ maybe to race!

  1. I’m with you on the snow….or wait, the cold temps?? My son had a 2 hr delay all week because it was COLD???!!! For real? What do kids in North Dakota do? I know they have clothing appropriate, but people, this happens every single year. Make your kid wear a coat! Sorry, can you tell I’ve been locked inside with them this week? πŸ™‚ Great post!
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    1. OMG Sue, I don’t understand it!!!! Yes, I get frostbite, hypothermia, staying safe, etc. but to shut down a whole city and not have the right tools to plow in a timely fashion really, truly baffles me! πŸ™‚

    1. They have an annual Cherry Blossom 10 miler and 5k – both are lottery draw. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head directly related to the Blossoms but between March and April you NEVER know when they’ll actually show up!

  2. Great list. The cherry blossoms are really beautiful at the right time.

    The snow kills me too. I don’t mind that people freak out in the sense that I can work from home for 2 inches of snow, but I hate that I can’t go anywhere without having to worry about all the other people that can’t handle driving in2 inches of snow. Being from PA, it just kills me.
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    1. Thanks! Yes, you do have to time the blossoms just right – they can be gone in an instant!

      and I’m with you being from PA – that state knows how to handle this business.

    1. i was thisclose to selecting Boston actually… I’ll be there in a couple of weeks. But, time wasn’t completely on my side this week so I went with the easy pick πŸ˜‰ and yeah – totally saw you!

  3. Mar, I can TOTALLY relate on the snow issue! I think this is why DC can truly still be lumped in with other “southern” states; things around here absolutely grind to a halt when it snows or we have an ice storm. It always cracks me up! I will say, though, that I’m grateful we’re not one of those cities that never gets a day off for bad weather…I’m with Courtney on this one – bring on the snow days! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for hosting such an awesome link up; hope you have a great weekend!
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  4. I’ve lived in many places where it snows and I’m happy to finally live in a place where they properly handle plowing the roads! I do love DC for it’s history but NYC is my favorite. There’s a magic there that keeps bringing me back. Have a great weekend!

  5. We were there last spring hoping to see the cherry trees. Instead we got SNOW. It was so cold and windy during our trip. I have lots of pictures of the monuments through the car window. LOL. We did enjoy the Smithsonian! And, making snowmen on the deck of our rental property.
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  6. Mar, c’mon, snow is great! I live in Denver and I love the snow!! And I’m saying this, having spent my life somewhere without snow (California!)

    I have to agree, the free museums in DC are the best. We visited this past September and loved all the free museums (and we were happy to make donations because of the free admission!)
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    1. never said I didn’t like snow – I just scoff at DC’s reaction to it and non-plowing methods πŸ˜‰ I for one will take a city shut down any day but it borders on ridiculous!

  7. That picture of the cherry blossoms and Jefferson Memorial is gorgeous. DC is a such picturesque city!

    I’m getting very excited for our family vacation to DC in the spring. I can’t wait to introduce my kids to the museums and monuments! My son is a politico so we’re also going on a tour of the Capitol. It will be fun being a tourist in a city I used to consider my home!
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