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“Washington, D.C., is the center of the political world, and I am fortunate not only to live here but also to tell the country what goes on here,” Blitzer says.
Lead political anchor at CNN and anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Wolf Blitzer knows more than a bit about how to navigate the byways within the Beltway. “Washington, D.C., is the center of the political world, and I am fortunate not only to live here but also to tell the country what goes on here,” Blitzer says. “I like to say I am blessed with a front-row seat to history.” When he isn’t knee-deep in D.C. doings, Blitzer can be found covering everything from presidential elections to the war in Iraq, as well as interviewing political heavyweights ranging from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin.
Best place to See the Real Washington: Local Neighborhoods
I love seeing the vitality and energy of real Washingtonians. So much of Washington is coming alive, and I am inspired by watching the transformation in neighborhoods like those around the new Nationals Park, the U Street corridor, Adams Morgan and Chinatown.
Best place to run into a political powerhouse: D.C. Steak Houses
The first stop to grab a glimpse of a powerful Washingtonian would be the Palm Restaurant, where many deals are brokered over a steak and a glass of wine. BLT Steak near the White House and Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons hotel are other sure-fire places to see some action. You never know if you’re seeing the makings of the next big political story—or scandal.
Best view of the city: POV
If you want to grab a drink while waiting for a glimpse of President Obama, or at least his Secret Service, I suggest heading to the new W Washington D.C. hotel rooftop bar, POV.
Best places to Visit to Gain Perspective: Monuments
You cannot walk around D.C. without bumping into stunning monuments that help ground you and put life into perspective. Being a journalist, I like to visit The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the National World War II Memorial to look at the faces of veterans who have important memories to share.
Best place to be active: C & O Canal
Nothing beats a nice long jog, walk or bike ride on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. I pick it up near my home in Bethesda and walk down to Georgetown—the perfect contrast between Washington’s beauty and energized downtown.
Best D.C. Pastime: Sports
During baseball season, I head right from The Situation Room to a Washington Nationals game; during basketball season, I regularly go straight from the set to the Washington Wizards court.