"The Beltway" is the oft-heard geographic term referring to Interstate 495, the highway that encircles Washington, DC. Its route contains portions of Virginia and Maryland that are close to the nation's capital. (Many specify that if you are located inside the Beltway, you are in Washington, DC, even though your exact whereabouts might be in a neighboring state.) The best thing about the Beltway? Meeting planners seeking "inside-the-Beltway" meeting venues can choose from over 20 brands of hotel chains! Like the capitol itself, the Beltway is robust with possibilities.
In the heart of it all, in downtown Washington, DC's Penn Quarter District, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center stands proud amongst museums, restaurants, attractions and hotels. Just 8 years old, the convention center is the largest of Beltway venues, boasting 100,000 square feet of meeting space, with its largest ballroom ready to host a 3,000-person banquet function. While several nearby hotels accommodate convention visitors, the city is excitedly awaiting the completion of The Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel, hotels accommodate convention visitors, the newly open Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel, adjacent to the convention center, has added 1,175 rooms, and 46 suites to the city's room inventory. The hotel is the second largest in the city, after Marriott's Wardman Park property on Connecticut Avenue. That 1,175-room, 46-suite hotel will be the second largest in the city, close behind Marriott's Wardman Park property on Connecticut Avenue. The hotel is being designed to complement the convention center and will be attached for convenient transitions in between.
Besides encircling the geographic quadrants that make up the city of Washington, DC, the Beltway is comprises of many other thriving areas as well; most notably Arlington, VA and Bethesda, MD, both of which are nearly cities of their own. The metro rail system provides easy access among these areas and beyond the beltway as well. Groups can meet north of the city and "metro" downtown to accommodate inner-city appointments, or have leisurely strolls among the historical monuments and attractions. (Avenues such as Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York are the major arteries in Washington DC.)
Bountiful capital and Beltway venues and attractions are mainly in the Northwest and Northeast quadrants of the city. As the nation's capital, the most visited attractions preserve and commemorate of American history with museums, monuments, memorials, and of course, the White House and Capitol Building. The city is also rich with culture as a home to all the foreign embassies. It is surprising to learn that the majority of these embassies have the capabilities to host events! Pick your most unique setting in the country of your choice.
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