Sunday, July 5, 2009

I Heart My City: Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Traveler is celebrating the magic of the city, and they want to hear from you.  Visit Intelligent Travel and fill in the blanks.  What do you heart about your city?

In honor of July 4th, I give you our nation's capitol.

Washington, D.C. is My City

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is the Spy Museum.  

When I crave gelato I always go to Dolcezza on Wisconsin Ave. The strawberry basil and blood orange flavors are amazing.

To escape the crowds, I avoid the Mall in the summer. 

If I want to see a summer blockbuster on the big screen I go the Uptown.

For complete quiet, I can hide away in the National Cathedral.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from 2 Amys it has to be the Neapolitan guild certified pizza margherita.

Locals know to skip Georgetown on the weekends and check out U St. and H St. instead.

Photo ops in my city include the Washington monument and Lincoln Memorial and the best vantage points are from a Potomac River water taxi.

If my city were a celebrity it'd be Barack Obama.

The most random thing about my city is our lack of voting rights in Congress.

My city has the most short men.

My city has the most badass women.  Two words - Michelle Obama.

In my city, an active day outdoors involves the National Zoo, B+O Canal tow path, Rock Creek Park, or hanging out at the Dupont Circle fountain.

My city's best museum is the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Where else can you see the Star Spangled Banner, Julia Child's kitchen, a Greensboro lunch counter, and the first ladies' dresses?  For free.

My favorite walking route is Q Street between Wisconsin and DuPont.

For a night of live music, check out 9:30 Club, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, DC9, or Black Cat.

Ben's Chili Bowl is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what's going on at night and on the weekends, read, Washington City Paper, or the WaPo.

You can tell if someone is from my city if they stand right / walk left on escalators.

In the spring you should see the cherry blossoms from the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.

In the summer you should enjoy the live jazz at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

In the fall you should cheers for the Redskins.

In the winter you should take to the ice at the Sculpture Garden's ice rink.

A hidden gem in my city is the newly rebuilt and refurbished Eastern Market.

Don't miss the Smithsonian Folklife festival in July on the Mall.

Just outside my city, you can visit Charm City, Annapolis, Manassas Battlefield, Mount Vernon, and fabulous Virginia wineries

The best way to see my city is on foot.

If my city were a pet it would be a Portuguese water dog.

When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is Bustin Loose by Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go Go.

1 comment:

daddylikeyblog said...

Great answers, Whit! Makes me miss DC so much! And yeah, I recall my first day there as an naive young Oregonian, standing on the left side of the escalator, when suddenly someone yelled, "STAND LEFT WALK RIGHT" and I looked behind me to see a huge line of angry federal employees motioning for me to get the hell out of the way. Good times!