Host City & Travel Arrangements

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The cornerstone of downtown Washington, D.C.’s renaissance, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is as functional as it is artistically impressive. The center is Metro accessible (Green/Yellow lines) with a dedicated Mt. Vernon-7th St-Convention Center stop and immediately walkable to Shaw's booming restaurant scene and downtown's museums and nightlife as well as the National Mall.

Discover Your District

Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor – Washington, D.C. is a place unlike any other. It’s your home away from home with free museums in America’s front yard. Visit the DDW Blog to discover information on restaurants, tourist destinations, free activities and more. You can also explore the official tourism site, Destination DC, for more information.

Activities for Attendees

  • Baseball: To purchase Washington Nationals baseball game tickets, visit nationals.com/vip. Select your game of choice, enter code DDW18 to save 17–20 percent on tickets.
  • Taking Steps to Save Lives 5K Run/Walk: Hosted by the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), this multi-charity 5K Run/Walk will take place on June 3, 2018, at Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA. Buses leave the convention center at 7:15 a.m. and return by 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be served on board before the 5K and a full breakfast will be served after. If interested, register online.
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Travel Arrangements

DC's location makes it easy to get to fast. Three DC-area airports service 69 million passengers each year.

  • Airports: three DC-area airports — Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) — with approximately 1,000 direct daily flights make DC accessible to the world.
  • Airport Shuttle Information: SuperShuttle is offering DDW attendees a discount on airport shuttle services. Click here to book (using code UQ8FT) to receive $2 off one-way/$5 off round trip van/shuttle services and $5 off one-way/$10 off round trip ExecuCar services.
    • On Tuesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., DDW's shuttle bus partner, Production Transport, will be offering shuttle service from the convention center to Dulles International Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the shuttle bus desk for $35 per person. Shuttles will depart on the hour and half hour. 
  • Train: Union Station in DC is home to Amtrak and multiple commuter rail services; 5 million Amtrak passengers travel through DC each year.
  • Ground Transportation: taxis are plentiful and easy-to-hail downtown and at the airports, and offer a convenient way to get around the city. Sample taxi fare between Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Walter E. Washington Convention Center is $19-25.
  • Shuttle Bus Service: Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the convention center and most DDW hotels. View the shuttle map here.
    • Shuttle Schedule: Saturday, June 2–Tuesday, June 5, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Peak service is every 10-15 minutes. Off-peak service is every 30 minutes. Peak: 6 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Off-peak: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Parking: Use ParkWhiz to book a discounted parking space ahead of time, and save yourself the hassle and stress of finding parking at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 

For U.S. residents: please review the Real ID Act regarding boarding federally regulated commercial aircrafts. Depending on your state of residence, you may need to provide a second form of identification at the airport.

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Temperatures are warm by June typically in the low to mid 80's °F.

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