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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. Things to Do and Attractions

Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery offers guests a chance to walk among the burial sites of famed figures in American history. Former President John F. Kennedy, whose tomb is marked by an eternal flame, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall,

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National Museum of American History

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Opened in 1964, the National Museum of American History explores the history and culture of America, from the Revolutionary War to today. Closed in 2006 for an $85 million renovation, the museum re-opened in fall 2008 with new and updated signature

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National Museum of Natural History

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The National Museum of Natural History boasts an astounding collection of over 126 million items, from fossilized pollen to dinosaur skeletons to the famed 45.52-carat Hope Diamond. The diamond joins gems such as the Star of Asia sapphire, one of the

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National Museum of the American Indian

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Intended to showcase the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. is part of a suite of three facilities, joining the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City and Cultural Resources

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Created at the bequest of British scientist James Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution was meant, per his wishes, for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Today the Institution displays over 142 million items in its 19 museums, zoo, and nine

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Smithsonian Institution

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Created at the bequest of British scientist James Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution was meant, per his wishes, for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Today the Institution displays over 142 million items in its 19 museums, zoo and nine

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Guests to the National Air and Space Museum can see the original 1903 Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis and the command module of Apollo 11, just a few of its more than one hundred items on display in 22 exhibit galleries. Inside the

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Washington Monument

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It took George Washington, the nation's first president, more than 40 years to orchestrate the construction of this astonishing and exhilarating monument. At slightly over 555 feet tall and shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, the monument is an icon

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9:30 Club

The 9:30 Club is one of D.C.'s premiere venues for live entertainment, hosting nearly 300 events every year from both unknown up-and-comers to the industries' biggest performers such as Bob Dylan and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Located in an old

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Arena Stage

Arena Stage has collected a number of "firsts" throughout its history: it was one of the first not-for-profit theaters in the United States, the first regional theater to host a Broadway production, and the first to receive a Tony Award.

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Bike and Roll Tours

Bike and Roll offers multiple bike tours around the city: the Capital Sites Tour, Monuments Tour, Monuments @ Night tour, Capital Sites @ Nite Tour, and others. The seven- to eight-mile Capital Sites Tour, the company's most comprehensive,

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Cafe Citron

Located in Dupont Circle, Cafe Citron is a self-described mixture of carnival-like energy and cosmopolitan style. Guests can stop by for the house special, a Cuban mojito, or try one of numerous cocktails including the Watermelon Martini,

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DC Ducks

DC Ducks invite guests to explore the city in its unique original World War II DUKW amphibious vehicles, capable of both land and water transport. The land portion of the ride begins by exploring the monuments around the mall and the Smithsonian

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Ford's Theatre

Infamously known as the site of former President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, Ford's Theatre was closed by public demand until its re-opening in 1968 as both a theater and museum. In August 2007, the theatre closed for renovations once

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Georgetown

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In the northwest quadrant along the Potomac River waterfront, Georgetown draws crowds of both locals and tourists looking to spend a day exploring the high-end shops, bars, and eateries. Visitors can browse an array of retail shops, from trendy

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John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

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The Kennedy Center serves two purposes, as both a living memorial to former President John F. Kennedy and as an entertainment venue for artists from across America and the world. The center sits on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River, serving

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The Park at Fourteenth

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Overlooking Franklin Square, the Park at Fourteenth attracts a diverse clientele to its four-story lounge and restaurant space. Among leather couches, hardwood floors, chestnut and mahogany woodwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows, guests gather to

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Union Station

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From its white granite walls and 70 pounds of 22-karat gold leaf adoring the 96-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceiling, the Beaux Arts-style Union Station harkens back to a time when train travel was the glamorous form of transportation that ferried

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White House Tours

Guests should not miss the opportunity to visit the gorgeous and long-storied home of the president. The White House Visitor Center includes a great precursor to the tour, providing information on the architecture, décor, and famous first families

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1789 Restaurant

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Located in a Federal period house, this Georgetown restaurant takes its name from a significant time in local history, reflecting a year when the U.S. Constitution was adopted, when Mayor Robert Peter incorporated the village of Georgetown, and

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BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

BlackSalt has risen to the top among many contenders in the city to become Washington, D.C.'s premier seafood restaurant. Committed to sustainability of fish and shellfish stocks, the restaurant offers a menu full of items selected from

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Brasserie Beck

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In French, "brasserie" means a café doubling as a restaurant with a relaxed setting. Brasserie Beck, located in the city's McPherson square, certainly stays true to its name. A contemporary take on this European style of dining, the restaurant offers

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Old Ebbitt Grill

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Opened in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is one of the city's oldest dining spots, patronized by past presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt as well many politicians and celebrities of today. Mahogany walls,

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Ristorante Tosca

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The decor at Ristorante Tosca is sleek and modern, with walls and furniture in stone and earth tones, but the fare is authentic and traditional – Italian-born executive chef Massimo Fabbri wouldn't have it any other way. Pastas are made fresh daily,

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International Spy Museum

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The International Spy Museum provides a unique glimpse into the innovative world of espionage and its impact throughout history and present day. The first and only museum dedicated solely to intelligence, the museum is home to six permanent

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National Postal Museum

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Located on the lower level of the historic 1914 City Post Office Building, the National Postal Museum offers guests an educational experience surrounding the history and facts of different aspects of the postal system. Five galleries house a

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Newseum

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Located on America's Main Street between the White House and U.S. Capitol, the Newseum beckons visitors with its 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment on its exterior. Once inside, guests can explore seven levels of exhibits,

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Located in northwest Washington, the 163-acre National Zoo features roughly 2,000 animals from about 400 species, about one-fifth of which are endangered. Guests can see cheetahs, lions, and zebras at the African Savanna Exhibit, or California sea

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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens are the only grounds in the National Park Service to cultivate water-loving plants. Across 12 acres on the east bank of the Anacostia River, guests can explore over 45 ponds that serve as home to a variety of

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U.S. Botanic Garden

Found on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Botanic Gardens began as an idea in 1816 to collect plants, both domestic and international varieties, "that might contribute to the welfare of the American people." It was not until 1842, however,

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U.S. National Arboretum

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The 446-acre U.S. National Arboretum is a true outdoor escape in northwest Washington. Roughly 600,000 people annually travel the 9.5 miles winding through the grounds, covered in azaleas, boxwoods, daffodils, daylilies, maples, peonies, and more.

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