Narrated by Vice President Catherine Young, candidate for President (and main character in the best-selling Kindle political thriller RUNNING)
One of my favorite places in the world is Washington, D.C. It’s a beautiful city, full of everything from free public museums to historic monuments, charming neighborhoods, spacious parks, and lively nightlife. Of course, as Vice President, I’m not in a position to wander around like I used to when I was growing up in the Maryland suburbs. My days are full, and I travel, as you can imagine, with an entourage of Secret Service agents and lots of people following me taking videos to put up on Facebook proving they saw the Vice President!
But let me tell you about some of my favorite spots in this city that I so enjoy. Naturally, when you come to the Nation’s Capital, you’ll want to get a tour of the White House. Try to plan in advance. If you have about one month’s notice you can contact your Senator or Member of Congress and ask for a “VIP” tour. But even the regular tour is pretty cool. You’re not likely to run into me or the President on your visit, but you will see some spectacular and historical rooms. One of my favorites is the Red Room. And as you know, I hope to be the next occupant of the Oval Office. I’m already imagining how it will feel to be the first woman to put her feet up on that desk… perhaps I’ll light a cigar to celebrate. On second thought, I don’t think I’d want to stink up the place!
There are monuments galore in Washington. I love the quiet majesty of the Lincoln Memorial, the beauty of the Jefferson Memorial, and the stark obelisk of the Washington Monument reaching into the sky. Spring is a gorgeous time to visit, especially if you can time it to when the cherry blossoms are at their peek. Don’t miss the chance to stroll around the Washington Mall, stopping right at the center so that you can see the cross that forms with the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial along the east-west axis, and the White House to the North and the Jefferson Memorial to the South.
This city is a great place for people watching. Just like Disney World, D.C. is a location that folks from all over the country and the world visit. As a kid, I was always fascinated to see saris and dashikis on the international visitors who came to see the Smithsonian and other free museums. Speaking of museums, don’t miss the exhibits throughout Washington that include dinosaurs and lunar landing vehicles, First Ladies’ dresses and original documents such as the Constitution. There’s the U.S. Mint, the F.B.I. Building, and dozens of other fascinating places run by your government that are open for tours.
D.C. also has cozy neighborhoods, delicious restaurants, and fabulous architecture. Check out Dupont Circle and wander through Rock Creek Park. Visit the National Zoo. And don’t miss one of my favorite secret spots. In the Freer Gallery is a unique nook known as the Peacock Room. When American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler (as in the painting of “Whistler’s Mother”) redecorated the room in 1876 and 1877 as a “harmony in blue and gold,” he was inspired by the delicate patterns and vivid colors of the Chinese porcelains. It’s an amazing intimate room to encounter in an equally wonderful museum.
So here you have a small sample of what my beautiful city, Washington, D.C., has to offer. I recommend a personal visit so you can find your own favorite spots. Perhaps you can come down for my inauguration… someday soon.