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Washington, D.C. Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 196
Total Sleeping Rooms 36,120
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,175
Committable Meeting Rooms* 80
Convention Center Space 2,200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 703,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 473,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $250
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $261
*Maximum for a single hotel

Washington, D.C. Key Stats for Meeting Planners

Time Zone: Eastern Time (ET)
Convention Center(s):
Hotel at Convention Center? Yes
Sleeping Rooms 1 Mile from Convention Center: 6,570
Airport(s): Destination Type(s):
  • Golf Destination
  • Luxury Destination
  • Smoke-free Restaurants
  • Historic Destination
  • Cultural Destination
  • Music Destination
  • Family Friendly
  • Government Destination
  • Four Seasons Destination
  • Capital City
  • Special Event Venues
  • 270
  • Population
  • 658,893
  • Restaurants
  • 2,144
  • Country Code
  • 1
  • Sales Tax
  • 5.75%
  • Currency
  • U.S. Dollar
  • Standard Tipping Practice
  • 10-20%
  • Electricity
  • 120V / 60Hz
  • Official Languages
  • English
Credit Cards and Travelers Cheques widely accepted? Yes

All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.

Washington, D.C. Area Destinations

Population Meeting Hotels Hotel Rooms Special Event Venues
Alexandria, VA 150,575 42 6,278 41
Annapolis, MD 38,893 20 2,601 23
Arlington, VA 220,400 45 11,240 31
Bethesda, MD 63,374 9 2,455 15
Capital Beltway, DC 5,400,000 123 - 232
Capitol Hill, DC 35,000 18 6,129 225
Chevy Chase, MD 2,907 2 472 4
Dulles Technology Corridor, VA 1,400,000 150 23,000 100
Dupont Circle, DC - 4 996 25
Fairfax County, VA 1,116,897 105 18,000 28
Gaithersburg, MD 62,794 12 2,653 9
Georgetown, DC 28,818 8 770 5
Loudoun County, VA 347,969 59 5,566 75
Montgomery County, MD 1,016,677 55 9,664 67
National Harbor, MD 3,788 6 3,047 3
Rockville, MD 66,980 13 2,011 10
Tysons Corner, VA 21,799 2 839 -
Washington, DC Convention Center 617,996 116 27,800 623
Woodley Park, DC 33,959 7 - 18

Cities Near Washington, D.C.

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Baltimore, MD 39 mi 54 min N/A N/A
Richmond, VA 108 mi 1 hr 50 min 58 min N/A
Philadelphia, PA 130 mi 2 hr 38 min 45 min N/A
New York, NY 228 mi 4 hr 3 min 1 hr 18 min USD $205+
Pittsburgh, PA 246 mi 4 hr 14 min 58 min USD $190+
Columbus, OH 418 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 15 min USD $150+
Boston, MA 441 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 31 min USD $160+

Washington, D.C. Climate Information

JanFeb MarApr MayJun JulAug SepOct NovDec
Avg. High (°F) 43 46 55 67 76 84 88 86 80 69 58 47
Avg. Low (°F) 28 30 37 46 56 65 70 69 62 50 40 32
Rec. High (°F) 79 82 89 95 99 101 104 103 101 94 86 75
Rec. Low (°F) -5 4 14 24 34 47 54 49 39 29 16 3
Rainfall (in) 2.8 2.6 3.4 2.8 3.9 3.3 4.0 4.1 3.3 3.0 3.0 3.1

Washington, D.C.'s climate has all four seasons. Warm weather is prevalent from April until as late as mid-October. Summers are hot and humid with average temperatures reaching the high 80s; thunderstorms are frequent. Winters can be very mild to bitter cold with average temperatures dropping as low as 35°F.

The average annual precipitation is 42 inches, with occasional heavy snowfalls during the winter, though light snowfalls are more common. Fall and spring are the best seasons to visit the city, as the air is still cool, with temperatures ranging from the 50s to 70s, but the skies remain sunny.

 
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