Local Favorites and Things to See in D.C.

If ATA58 will be your first visit to Washington D.C. – or if you haven’t been there in many years – it is definitely worth your while to take a break from the conference, or even arrive a day or two early, to take in the sights of this historic and beautiful city. D.C. is a little of everything: a capital city, a college town, a hub for major corporations, and a booming metropolis. Below are a few ideas we came up with to keep you busy sightseeing whenever you have downtime during the conference. Almost all of these locations are free to enter and view, though some may require an admission fee for tours and other sightseeing. The nearest Metro station to the conference hotel (Washington Hilton) is Dupont Circle on the red line. The Hilton is north of the National Mall and most of the historic sites, though you can find adventures in any direction!

Dupont Circle area (source: Carolyn Yohn at https://untangledtranslations.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/get-ready-for-ata58/):

Kramer Books http://kramers.com/

The Phillips Collection http://www.phillipscollection.org/

St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar http://starnoldsmusselbar.com/

North of Dupont Circle

Smithsonian National Zoo https://nationalzoo.si.edu/

National Mall area

Lincoln Memorial https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/lincoln-memorial

Reflecting Pool http://www.nationalmall.org/explore-national-mall/monuments-memorials/lincoln-memorial-reflecting-pool

Washington Monument https://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

White House https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House

Ford’s Theatre https://www.fords.org/

Chinatown Express (fun eatery in Chinatown) http://www.chinatownexpressdc.com/

Holocaust Memorial Museum https://www.ushmm.org/

Jefferson Memorial https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/jefferson-memorial

Smithsonian Museums https://www.si.edu/museums

National Archives (may require advance planning) https://www.archives.gov/

Capitol Building https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

Library of Congress (may require advance planning) https://www.loc.gov/

Northwest of the National Mall

Georgetown University https://www.georgetown.edu/

Georgetown Cupcake (be prepared for a long wait) https://www.georgetowncupcake.com/

Southwest of the National Mall, across the Potomac

Arlington National Cemetery http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Tomb-of-the-Unknown-Soldier

Readers, what other landmarks or sites are you excited to see in D.C. this October?

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