There are only a few major cities in the U.S. that I've never been to (Seattle, Boston, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., and Baltimore), but I can scratch one item off of that list now! I spent a few days last week in our nation's capital, seeing the sites and catching up with a couple of friends who live in the area.
D.C. is majestic. That's really all there is to it. The city is white marble and granite, Doric columns, and beautiful domed ceilings. It's art and history and sweeping parks. Even if you're not interested in the government and political part of D.C. (though it's hard to ignore!), the architecture alone is more than worth the trip.
And the museums! If you're interested in something, Washington has a museum for it, and it's probably free. The Air & Space Museum was definitely my favorite, although I missed the arrival of the Space Shuttle Discovery this morning (link to National Geographic's beautiful photos of the shuttle's arrival at Dulles airport).
I was short on time, so I did my best to pack in as much site-seeing as I could.
cherry blossoms in front of the capitol
lincoln in all his majesty
the beautiful and serene WWII memorial
the national monument; cracks can still be seen in the side from last year's quake
the inside of the dome of the capitol
the lobby of the air & space museum, with a fighter jet and rockets looming above me
an original wright bros. plane