The PeopleThe interns, the foreigners, the politicians, the lobbyists, the non-profit hippies, and the preppy college students...they're all drawn to D.C. After a while, you start to wonder if you'll ever really connect with anyone who was born and raised in D.C. or has lived there long-term. I only met a handful of them. Over time, though, I grew to appreciate the eclectic mix of people D.C. draws, no matter how long they stay or where they're from.
The StreetsD.C. is really good at maintaining clean, green streets. I've also noticed the warmer climate encourages botanical creativity. The variety of shapes and colors of District houses - from Victorian, to federal, to modern - is wonderful. Although modern, sterile apartment buildings seem to be popping up left and right, each neighborhood maintains its own unique character. There's a certain charm and feel about this city that gives it great distinction above other cities in America.
Reagan National AirportEasily accessible by Metro, taxi, or car, this is one of the easiest domestic airports I've traveled through in the nation. Even without TSA Pre-check, I'm generally able to navigate through security in 10 minutes or less. They've recently upgraded their shops, too. Unless there are weather delays (watch out for summer afternoon thunderstorms), there always seems to be a seat available in the waiting areas. Flight deals vary by season, and I've flown to New York City for as cheap as $150 round-trip.
The (Free) MuseumsYes, everything the guidebooks say about visiting the Smithsonian museums and the zoo in D.C. is true - they're free and they're pretty great. You can pay to go to some of the other museums and art galleries, but in my opinion, there is more than enough to see and enjoy for free. From my tour of the Capitol building, to my runs through the zoo, and my periodic visits to wander the halls of the National Gallery, I will always treasure the times I spent sightseeing on weekends.
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