Washington D.C. is one of the coolest cities in the U.S. Obviously it has history behind it, but it also one of the best planned cities. My first trip to D.C. was in the Fall of 2008 with the planning department at Ball State University. I was able to return again in 2011 when I lived in Baltimore. During that summer, I ventured back to America's capital on a few different occasions including the fourth of July. It was a day I will never forget as I sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in the heart of the nation, celebrating our nation's independence.