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The City

Washington, DC is an exciting destination – but it can be expensive! There are ways to navigate the city affordably, and this information should help.

Getting Around:

DC is an easy city on foot or public transportation, but a challenging place to drive or park. The Metro subway system is easy, and cool. The Convention Center has its own Metro stop, so getting in and out will be easy. You may find it simpler and more affordable to use the Metro or a shared ride service, such as Uber or Lyft, than to have a car downtown. There are Bikeshare stations all over town and regular or e-bikes are available. There will be limited ADA shuttle service from the convention hotels to the Convention Center, but if you don’t need that service we ask that you enjoy the walk, have a bike ride, or take the Metro. 

Sightseeing:

Most museums and tourist sites in DC are free to the public. However, many require reservations or tickets because of their popularity. We are working with Hello Destination Management Company to have a variety of tours available. LINK COMING SOON

Of course, you can make your own plans, if you prefer: If you wish to tour government buildings, reservations may need to be made weeks in advance. You can find links through the official tourist site at washington.org. Many of the museums are linked through the Smithsonian Institution site si.edu. Their helpful website contains maps and info for museums, including the National Museum of African American History, the Air and Space Museum, and even the National Zoo. Outside the Smithsonian system, private museums include the International Spy Museum, the United States Holocaust Museum, and more: Washington.org will have information on tickets, exhibits, and events. Monument and park information is at nps.gov. If you wish to tour the Capitol or the White House, plan to make reservations at least a month in advance.

Music, Art and Dining

The music, art, and dining scenes in DC are truly world-class, and the Convention Center is at the heart of it all. There will be maps and other resources available at the Convention Center, and we will do our best to help you maximize your time in the city. There are shows and concerts, including Mama Mia! at the beautiful Kennedy Center and MJ: The Musical at the National Theatre. And there are many free performances as well! Keep an eye on www.washington.org for free and ticketed events, exhibitions, and concerts. If there are particular events or restaurants that interest you, be sure to make reservations well in advance.

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