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Beyond Conference Fun

Looking for something else?

Looking for more adventure? Whether it's before, after, or during breaks at the conference, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. Remember, there's no pressure to do any of these things; they're just ideas in case you're wondering what else to do!

1 / Georgetown

Explore Georgetown, where cobblestone streets lead to charming cafes and boutiques. Indulge in a famous cupcake, snap a photo at the iconic "Exorcist Stairs," and take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Georgetown University campus.

2 / Old Town Alexandria

Discover Old Town Alexandria's historic charm and waterfront views. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, browsing boutique shops and enjoying local cuisine. Don't miss landmarks like the Carlyle House and the Torpedo Factory Art Center for a glimpse into the city's rich history and vibrant arts scene.

3 / Arlington National Cemetary

Pay tribute to the nation's heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Wander among rows of white headstones and visit notable sites like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the graves of President John F. Kennedy and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Take in the solemn beauty of this hallowed ground and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who served.

4 / Alamo Drafthouse

Experience the ultimate movie night (or afternoon!) at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Crystal City. Enjoy the latest blockbuster films while dining on delicious food and drinks served right to your seat. With comfortable seating, top-notch audiovisual quality, and a diverse menu, it's the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of conference activities.

5 / Tidal Basin

Embark on a self-guided tour of the iconic monuments surrounding the Tidal Basin. Marvel at the timeless beauty of the Jefferson Memorial, the solemn grandeur of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the majestic presence of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Grab a scooter or rent a bike for even more speed! For an extra dose of fun, consider paddle boating on the Tidal Basin and taking in the sights from a unique perspective.

6 / Mount Vernon and/or Mount Vernon Trail

Explore the scenic Mount Vernon Trail, which winds along the Potomac River and offers breathtaking views of the Washington, D.C., skyline. Perfect for biking, jogging, or leisurely strolling, this trail provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Don't forget to stop at the iconic George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate for a glimpse into American history.

7 / National Zoo

Embark on a wild adventure at the National Zoo (for free!), home to over 2,700 animals representing nearly 400 species. Wander through lush habitats and marvel at majestic creatures like giant pandas, lions, and elephants. With educational exhibits, engaging demonstrations, and unforgettable animal encounters, the National Zoo promises a day of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages.

8 / Smithsonian Museums

Explore the rich tapestry of human culture, natural wonders, and scientific innovation at the Smithsonian Institution's array of free museums. From the fascinating artifacts at the National Museum of American History to the awe-inspiring exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum, there's something to captivate every curiosity. Dive into history, science, art, and more at iconic institutions like the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of American Indian. With so much to see and learn, the Smithsonian museums offer an enriching experience for visitors of all interests.

9 / Union Market

Indulge your taste buds with a visit to Union Market, a vibrant culinary destination offering a diverse array of gourmet delights. From artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread to international street food and craft beverages, there's something to satisfy every craving. Explore the bustling market atmosphere, sample local flavors, and discover why Union Market is a favorite among food enthusiasts in Washington, D.C.

10 / Potomac River cruise

Embark on a scenic Potomac River cruise and experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. from a unique perspective. Cruise past iconic landmarks such as the Jefferson Memorial, Kennedy Center, and Georgetown Waterfront while enjoying breathtaking views of the city skyline. Whether you opt for a daytime sightseeing cruise or a romantic sunset excursion, a Potomac River cruise offers an unforgettable way to explore the nation's capital.

11 / Capital Building

Explore the heart of American democracy with a tour of the United States Capitol Building. Marvel at the historic architecture, majestic domes, and impressive artwork while learning about the nation's legislative process. To arrange a tour, visit the Capitol Visitor Center website or contact your congressional representative's office for assistance. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the rich history and significance of one of the nation's most iconic landmarks.

12 / National Archives

Step into history at the National Archives, where you can view some of the nation's most treasured documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Immerse yourself in the stories of America's past as you explore exhibits on pivotal moments in the nation's history. Channel your inner Nicholas Cage and uncover America's story firsthand!

13 / U.S. Botanic Garden

Step into a lush oasis of botanical wonders at the U.S. Botanic Garden, where nature's beauty flourishes in every corner. Wander through enchanting landscapes, from vibrant orchid collections to serene rose gardens, and discover a world of botanical diversity. Engage your senses as you breathe in the fragrant scents and marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors, creating unforgettable memories amidst the splendor of nature.

14 / Washington Monument Tour

Ascend to new heights and soak in breathtaking panoramic views of the nation's capital from the top of the iconic George Washington Monument. With tickets required in advance, secure your spot to experience this unparalleled vista, offering a bird's-eye perspective of Washington D.C.'s iconic landmarks and historic monuments. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your D.C. experience and witness the cityscape in all its majestic glory.

15 / Spy Museum

Delve into the world of espionage at the International Spy Museum, where you can uncover the secrets of spies, espionage, and intelligence operations. Explore interactive exhibits, see spy gadgets, and test your spy skills in this thrilling museum experience. Learn about the history of espionage and how spies have shaped world events throughout history.

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