I have this weird rule every year: travel to 1 place outside of California within the US and 1 place outside of the US. For the former, I decided to travel to DC this year during the Cherry Blossom festival.
I caught up with a college friend, and even bumped into another one whom I haven't seen in about 4 years while walking around the capitol. The city's filled with government officials; I literally heard sirens every hour while walking around. Tidal Basin was definitely my favorite spot, especially at night (thanks Aldrin for dragging me out that late!). My visit ended up being pretty awesome, my friend showed me around and I left that place feeling a bit more American.