The other day I realized that I’ve lived in DC (or just outside of DC!) for 17.5 years–that’s exactly half my life! And even after all that time, there are several sights that still give me a thrill every single time. Here they are, in no particular order:
A motorcade, especially the Presidential motorcade
There is nothing like standing on the sidewalk, or being the first car stopped on the cross-street, when a fleet of police cars, black SUVs and black limos drives by, sirens blaring and lights flashing. You can always tell when its the Presidential motorcade because of the sheer number of vehicles (20-30 total) and the communications van, including video camera, towards the rear. I even enjoyed seeing it when I knew one of my not-so-favorite presidents was sitting inside. But for four+ years now, when I know Mr. Obama was in there somewhere, I am simply over-the-moon to experience it.
The Cherry Blossoms
The Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin are a sight to behold every year, but when peak bloom corresponds with the actual festival and mild weather, well, DC doesn’t get any better than that!
The Monuments at Night
There is something truly magical about visiting the monuments at night. They are less crowded and you can really feel the reverence in the air. Friends and I visited the monuments at night often during college and I’m just now realizing that we’ve never taken our kids there at night. I think it’s time to fix that!
The Capitol Dome
I’ll never forget the moment I realized I HAD to live in DC: I was on an overnight visit at the college that would become my alma mater and the sophomore I was staying with and her friends took some other perspective students and me on a nighttime visit to the Capitol. (This was LONG before the current security measures.) There was a full moon just above the dome and it took my breath away. I moved to DC a few months later and the rest, as they say, is history.