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Experience Washington DC

Explore Washington, DC Our Host City…Our Nation’s Capital

From monuments and memorials to vibrant neighborhoods filled with character and charm, DC is a memorable destination filled with breathtaking views, unique venues, and hundreds of free things to do. Enjoy the iconic monuments along the beautiful National Mall, acclaimed theater at renowned venues like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Arena Stage, outstanding shopping in historic Georgetown and CityCenterDC, and great sporting entertainment from five professional franchises. Explore DC’s nightlife and flourishing dining scene.

DC offers unique cultural diversity, pairing international influence with a distinct local identity. It’s easy to access and navigate through three airports. Traversing the city is simple, whether by foot, via bike rental with Capital Bikeshare, or through the city’s efficient Metrorail system. For more information, visit

Exploring Our Conference Neighborhood

North of Dupont Circle–and across Rock Creek Park from funky Adams Morgan–genteel Woodley Park was one of several uptown neighborhoods where 19th- and early 20th-century Washingtonians escaped the summer heat. It still boasts historic architecture plus the modern buzz of good restaurants with sidewalk cafes. The neighborhood features a few iconic sights, including a Marilyn Monroe mural and two spectacular bridges, the Taft and the Duke Ellington. Its biggest attraction, the Smithsonian National Zoo, which backs up to Rock Creek Park, is home to the city’s famed giant pandas.

Locals and tourists flock to Rock Creek Park, a tree-filled ribbon defined by its namesake waterway, encompassing 2,100 acres designated by Congress in 1890. Expect biking and running trails, workout stations, and picnic spots by the creek. There’s also access to Pierce Mill, a working 19th-century grist mill, near the lower entrance to the zoo.

The Historic Marriott Wardman Park

Since opening in 1918, the hotel has been central to significant moments in American history.

  • In 1954, Thurgood Marshall and his colleagues stayed at the hotel as Marshall prepared and tried Brown vs. Board of Education in the Supreme Court.
  • Famous poet Langston Hughes was working as a busboy at the hotel when he was discovered by Vachel Lindsay in 1925.
  • A World War II-era British spy (code-named Cynthia) operated out of the hotel as she stole top-secret documents from an embassy employee and photographed them in a lab she had set up in her room.
  • Eleven of the 12 presidents from Herbert Hoover to GeorgeW. Bush held inaugural balls on the premises.
  • In the 1940s, the Marine Reserves were taught how to swim with their clothes on in the hotel’s Olympic-sized hotel pool.
  • Army Special Forces soldiers rappelled down the side of the hotel during a training exercise in 1962.
  • The first televised broadcast of NBC’s Meet the Press took place in 1947 in the Wardman Tower.

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