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Walter E. Washington Convention Center
The 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, D.C. 20001 USA
Getting to the Convention Center
As one of the country’s most accessible cities, Washington, D.C. is surrounded by three major airports, Amtrak and a first-rate subway system, Metro. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown DC, at Mt. Vernon Square.
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C., USA
TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
There are three major airports in the Washington, D.C. region:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 6 miles from the Convention Center
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 28 miles from the Convention Center
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 32 miles from the Convention Center
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail provides transit service for the Washington, D.C. area with six color-coded rail lines: Red, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located at the Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center stop on the Yellow and Green lines. Other stations on the Blue, Orange and Red lines are within a few blocks of the Convention Center. Attendees are encouraged to use Metrorail due to limited parking at and around the Center.
Riders can pay by purchasing a SmarTrip card, which allows users to load a designated amount on the card for repeated use. The cards can also be used as payment for Metrobus rides. Download the Metrorail map and plan your trip at www.wmata.com/rail.
Metrobus runs hundreds of routes throughout the city and the greater Washington, D.C. area, with more than 1,400 buses using compressed natural gas or a hybrid electric drive system helping to keep D.C. eco-friendly.
The DC Circulator bus is $1.00 per trip for all riders and travels along six specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest throughout the District. Schedules for every route are available and buses run every 10 minutes.
Rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft are good options to get to around town.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located 6 miles from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is accessible via its own Metrorail stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A taxi ride into downtown Washington, D.C. will cost about $15-20 USD.
- Washington Dulles International Airport, located 28 miles from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is the primary international airport for the Washington, D.C. region, with almost 140 nonstop domestic and international destinations on nearly 40 airlines. While the Metrorail does not yet reach Dulles Airport, the Washington Flyer offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 USD for one-way and you can purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. A taxi ride to downtown Washington, D.C. will cost around $55-65 USD. Also, the Metro Bus 5A D.C.-Dulles Line provides transportation, although infrequent, from Dulles International Airport to the L’Enfant Plaza station for $7.50 USD.
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located 32 miles from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is accessible via MARC/Amtrak train route that picks up and drops off at Union Station. From this location you can reach the Convention Center by Metrorail. A taxi ride to downtown Washington, D.C. will cost around $80-90 USD.
There are over 3,000 parking spaces in a three block radius of the facility. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to use Metrorail due to the limited availability of parking at and around the Convention Center. Download the parking map (pdf).
Advance parking reservations are available through ParkWhiz.
If you are visiting Washington D.C. for the General Session, the pages below will help guide you to more information about the local attractions, dining and entertainment.
- Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Comprehensive visitor information about the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.
- Smithsonian Institution
Information about visiting the Smithsonian Institutes museums and National Zoo.
- D.C. Pages
Guide to the culturally rich and diverse area in and around our nation’s capital.
- The Washington Post
In the region’s leading newspaper, the Friday Weekend section has information on the latest events, movies, nightlife and theater.