There are numerous events, attractions, and tours in the Washington, DC area, and many are accessible by public transportation such as Metrorail or Metrobus. If you like music or sports, there will always be something for you to do. You may wish to plan to attend a sports event at any of the local Washington, DC stadiums or arenas, or you may wish to relax with some friends in the grass at Wolf Trap and listen to live music. There is a free shuttle available at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center to take guests to the bus or metro station. Here are some places you might want to visit:
- Old Town Alexandria, Virginia—The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center offers a free shuttle to and from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, a historic town that dates back to 1749. Conference participants may wish to consider contacting various touring companies in the Washington, DC area to book a walking tour of Old Town.
- White House—Participants may also wish to take a tour of the White House and the White House Kitchen Garden. Participants can also take a virtual tour of the white house if they are not able to visit in person. To visit the White House, all visitors are required to have valid government-issued identification (e.g., driver’s license or military ID). No other forms of identification will be accepted. In addition, there is a list of prohibited items that cannot be brought into the White House; visitors who arrive with such items will not be allowed in the White House. The Secret Service also reserves the right to prohibit or confiscate certain items. Visit the White House Tours and Events page to learn more.
- Museums – Washington DC is the international center for museums, many of which are free of charge. You can either pay for a tour of the museums or visit the museums on your own time. Some museums to consider include the following:
- Spy Museum – International Spy Museum – Official Site
- Smithsonian Gallery of Art – Smithsonian American Art Museum – Official Site
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- National Museum of African Art – National Museum of African Art
- National Museum of Natural History – National Museum of Natural History
- National Museum of American History – National Museum of American History
- National Air and Space Museum – National Air and Space Museum
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- National Museum of Crime and punishment – National Museum of Crime and punishment
- National Gallery of Art – National Gallery of Art – Official Site
- Monuments – You can’t visit Washington, DC without visiting at least one monument. There are numerous monuments in relatively close proximity to each other, and some are close to museums in the area. You could plan your day and stroll around and see arts both indoors and outdoors.