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 Passport and Visa

 

All individuals from outside the United States require a valid passport to enter the United States. To determine if you require a visa to enter the United States and the required documentation, please visit this website for more details.

Attention: Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Travelers to the U.S. Must Pre-Register for ESTA

The United States Department of Homeland Security now requires residents of certain countries who wish to travel to the U.S. to register for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The countries included are:


 Andorra  Germany Malta  South Korea 
 Australia  Hungary  Monaco  Spain
 Austria  Iceland  Netherlands  Sweden
 Belgium  Ireland  New Zealand  Switzerland
 Brunei  Italy  Norway  United Kingdom
 (England, Northern Ireland,
 Scotland and Wales)
 Czech Republic  Japan  Portugal
 Denmark  Latvia  San Marino  
 Estonia  Liechtenstein  Singapore  
 Finland Lithuania  Slovakia  
 France  Luxembourg  Slovenia  

For more information on the VWP, visit the following website.

If you plan on attending the Annual Meeting, you will need to register for ESTA at least three (3) days prior to departure.

Learn more about ESTA by clicking on the links below.

 

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 Ground Transportation

 

From/To Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Taxi

Taxis to the hotel are available outside the baggage claim area. The fare is approximately $16-$20 (10-20 min). The hotel bellman can assist with a taxi when you depart. Most D.C. taxis do not accept credit cards; be prepared to pay with cash.

Metro (Subway)

Take the Yellow/Blue line from the airport to the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop. Transfer to the Red line to Union Station (2nd stop). The Union Station Metro stop is located three blocks from the hotel. Fare pricing depends on the time of day but ranges from US $1.80-$2.25 each way (20-25 min).

Shuttle Vans

Shuttle vans are located at the airport, outside the baggage claim area at Ground Transportation. Look for blue vans with yellow lettering. The shuttles make multiple stops and drop off directly at the hotel. Advance reservations may be made by calling +1-800-BlueVan (+1-800-258-3826) or online. Approximate fare is $15 one way, and timing is dependent upon number of stops required by passengers, and can take up to 60 minutes.


From/To Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Taxi

Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim. The fare is approximately US $60-$80 (50-60 minutes).

Shuttle Vans

Shuttle vans are located at the airport, outside the baggage claim area at Ground Transportation. Look for blue vans with yellow lettering. The shuttles make multiple stops and drop off directly at the hotel. Advance reservations may be made by calling +1-800-BlueVan (+1-800-258-3826) or online. Approximate fare is $26 one way ($10 for additional passengers in same party). Timing is dependent upon number of stops required by passengers, and can take up to 90+ minutes.

From/To Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI)

Taxi

Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim. Fare is approximately US $70 and can take between 60 and 90 minutes.

MARC Train

This is a commuter train from BWI to D.C.’s Union Station, which is three blocks from the hotel. Approximate cost is US $7 one way. The MARC train runs weekdays only. Click here for complete schedules and fares.

Shuttle Vans

Shuttle vans are located at the airport, outside the baggage claim area at Ground Transportation. Look for blue vans with yellow lettering. The shuttles make multiple stops and drop off directly at the hotel. Advance reservations may be made by calling +1-800-BlueVan (+1-800-258-3826) or online. Approximate fare is $40 one way ($12 for additional passengers in same party), and can take up to 120 minutes.

From/To Amtrak/Union Station

Walking

The hotel is located 3 blocks away. Follow exit signs to get to the front of Union Station. Take E Street (between the semi-circle of flags) to the intersection of E Street, NW and New Jersey Avenue, NW. The hotel will be directly in front of you.

Taxis

Taxis are available outside the main entrance of Union Station. Approximate fare is US $6, with possible surcharges.

Getting Around Town/Private Car Services

For assistance in planning your travel, contact the hotel concierge. The concierge is available to assist you with private car arrangements, dining and tour options.

 

 In and Around Washington D.C.

 

As the season changes from summer to fall and with it the colors of the landscape, September is one of the year’s most beautiful and temperate months in Washington. Students return to some of the world’s top universities in the area (Georgetown, George Washington, American, George Mason and Howard, to name a few), and the US Congress reconvenes on “The Hill.”

With the peak of the summer tourism season over, museum crowds become more manageable. Visitors will have more space to take in some of the world’s most prominent museums. Top D.C. attractions include the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of American History, and the National Zoological Park. D.C. attracts more than 15 million visitors a year.

For detailed information about all that the Washington, D.C. Metro Area has to offer, please click here.

Washington D.C. Facts

  • The Washington, D.C. metro area is home to more than 400 international associations, 700 internationally owned companies, and more than 150 embassies and international cultural centers.
  • The population in the District of Columbia is approximately 600,000; the population of the entire Washington-Baltimore Metro Area (that includes the DC suburbs in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland) is nearly 9 million.
  • 15% of D.C. residents are from outside of North America.
  • There are more than 100 restaurants located in downtown Washington alone (not including fast food or delis).
  • The area is served by three major airports (DCA, IAD, and BWI). DCA and IAD serve more than 90 domestic destinations and 25 international destinations; BWI serves more than 60 domestic destinations and 8 international destinations.
  • D.C. offers thriving public transportation. The Metro is the nation’s third largest, with 5 rail lines, 106 miles of track, and 86 stations) and is the nation’s second most utilized transport system carrying more than 206 million riders each year.
  • 70% of the land in Washington, D.C. is controlled by the National Park Service. D.C. offers 250,000 acres of parkland.
  • D.C. sales tax is 5.75%, hotel tax is 14.5%, and restaurant tax is 10%.


*Source: Destination DC.

 

 Climate and Dress

 

The average high temperature in Washington, D.C. in September is 80˚F (27˚C) with overnight lows averaging 57˚F (14˚C).

The meeting encourages business casual attire. Meeting rooms are well air conditioned and the inside temperature might be slightly warmer or cooler than you find comfortable. It is suggested that you dress in layers (light jackets and/or shawls are a good idea to have with you).