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 🙂 Looking forward to reading all your posts and discovering your favorite cities!!
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: Washington, DC.
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.
3. The snow. 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. 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… it truly baffles me. You would think they’d have figured out how to handle this by now. I find it slightly humorous.
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 key 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.
What is your favorite city? What makes it your favorite?