Meet in Washington, DC
A leading destination for meetings and conventions of all sizes
By Plane: There are three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest and offers flights from 95-plus destinations, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the primary airport with flights from 140-plus destinations and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
By Train: Union Station is the country’s second busiest Amtrak station.
By Bus: Greyhound, Peter Pan, BoltBus, Megabus.com and BestBus all offer services from Union Station. Or, let Destination DC recommend a transportation company.
Getting Around DC: DC is the #1 city for public transport and has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient in the world. The walkability of the city is unparalleled, saving the cost of shuttles with over 40 hotels within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Climate & Weather
DC has a temperate climate and experiences all the seasons: warm summers, cool and sometimes cold winters, and pleasant springs and falls.
- 01/01/2020, New Year’s Day
- 20/01/2020, Martin Luther King Jr. Day **
- 18/02/2020, George Washington's Birthday
- 16/04/2020, DC Emancipation Day
- 27/05/2020, Memorial Day **
- 04/07/2020, Independence Day
- 07/09/2020, Labor Day **
- 12/10/2020, Columbus Day
- 11/11/2020, Veterans Day
- 26/11/2020, Thanksgiving **
- 25/12/2020, Christmas
The nation’s capital is filled with exceptional venues, from 16 free Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, to historic landmarks, photogenic buildings and tech-friendly settings. Here are some standouts, with many more to be found on washington.org/venues.
Washington National Cathedral
- Located in the idyllic Upper Northwest neighbourhood, this beautiful cathedral is much more than a place of worship. With four distinctive and scenic spaces dedicated to hosting meetings or events, your choices are plentiful. The gorgeous nave, which has space for up to 1,500 people, consistently draws rave reviews.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- The Smithsonian's most popular museum holds the world's most significant collection of aviation and space exploration artifacts. It can accommodate large-scale events of up to 4,000 people.
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
- Situated in the building that houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, this downtown venue has a soaring glass canopy ceiling and the capacity to host up to 1,200 reception-style or 1,000 for a seated dinner.
- Set in lively Capitol Riverfront, the 17,000-square-foot District Winery overlooks the winding Anacostia River and features a glass-encased winery with a tasting bar, as well as Ana, a restaurant that can seat up to 50 indoors and 80 on its patio. Treat your attendees to wine flights, sweeping sunsets and impeccable service at DC’s first winery.
- Give your event a championship backdrop. DC’s state-of-the-art baseball stadium (home of the Washington Nationals) offers more than 55,000 square feet of meeting space. It features four large club spaces, 70 luxurious suites, a conference centre and outstanding catering services.
International visitors who need a visa must apply at an American embassy or consulate. For more information visit travel.state.gov.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
- The VWP enables nationals of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
- Eligible travellers must apply for an ESTA application via the official government site.
- Please be aware of a significant number of Internet scams involving ESTA procedures.
Find out everything you need to know about how to get to and from the airports closest to Washington, DC.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
- Reagan Airport is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines.
Washington Dulles International Airport
- Dulles Airport has a dedicated access road that makes getting to or from the airport efficient via car or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport and the Silver Line extension on the Metro will be complete in 2020.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
- BWI Airport is accessible via a MARC/Amtrak train route that picks up and drops off at Union Station.
Corporate Social Responsibility
There are countless CSR opportunities in Washington, DC such as Impact 4 Good, DC Central Kitchen, Bread for the City, National Park Service, Ronald McDonald House and Bright Beginnings. Service opportunities are perfect for your next meeting, event or as a team building activity. From supporting educational initiatives such as literacy to awareness and support of community hunger via food pantry projects, the nation’s capital has a variety of available causes to support.
You can find all the best things to do right here in DC, from concerts and cultural events to American history, free attractions and so much more.
No city has as many world-class activities for free as Washington, DC. It’s easy to ride the Metro or hop on a bike and explore all that the nation’s capital has to offer. Walk the halls of free Smithsonian museums, paddle on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers or sit back on a double-decker tour bus and soak up some history. Local shops, funky marketplaces and people-watching hot spots beckon by midday, as nighttime gives way to multi-course dinners and drinks from local breweries. However you spend your time here, make it count.
Team Building Events
Discover DC’s top destination management companies (DMCs) for your next meeting or event in Washington, DC. A DMC can assist a corporate event or meeting planner as they have extensive knowledge of the DC area. Our local DMCs are prepped to organise and plan any event, whether it be a gala dinner, corporate meeting, incentive group or conference.
Of the millions of visitors who travel to Washington, DC each year, many are part of large groups. That’s because the city makes group travel easy with its accessibility, clearly understood bus regulations, amazing dining options, educational tours and wealth of free museums. Make your group travel plans today with our team of experts there to help you along the way. Check out our website for the latest tour options for groups – from Big Bus or Segway tours to group activities at new attractions such as the International Spy Museum or the REACH at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the options are endless.
There are countless events and festivals happening in the District throughout the year that are perfect for groups. Check out various resources on washington.org.
Corporate Meetings Sample Programme
A Connected Corporate Meeting in Washington, DC – Bring your corporate meeting to the nation’s capital and discover the Real DC, where real businesses are thriving. No other city has access to experiences, influencers and industry assets within various thriving sectors such as technology, biotech/pharma, medical, transportation, education, sustainability and government advocacy.
Meeting Venue: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a one-of-a-kind building, located on historic Pennsylvania Ave., within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall and many of DC’s most popular museums. From art and entertainment, events and exhibits to restaurants and retail shopping, the Reagan Building is a premier event space for your next corporate meeting.
Nearby Hotels: Assembly on Pennsylvania Avenue – JW Marriott, Willard InterContinental, W Hotel and many more.
Attendee Experience: Access world-class speakers and customise prestigious university programming within thriving sectors such as medical/healthcare and technology. Cap-off an impactful programme with a memorable networking event with exclusive hire of one of the Smithsonian Institution’s iconic museums!
Convention Sample Programme
A Walkable Convention in a Global Hub – From easy-to-use public transportation and accessible airports to unparalleled walkability and innovative developments, the nation’s capital has one of the best public transportation networks in the U.S. Washington, DC is a great place to host meetings without the use and added expense of a shuttle.
Convention Venue: With 40+ hotels within walking distance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the ease of commuting within the city continues to add to DC’s appeal for business travellers. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is as functional as it is artistically impressive. The 2.3-million-square-foot space hosts meetings, conventions and events of every kind, from medical industry annual meetings to comic book-inspired expos and board retreats, boasting 703,000 square feet of exhibition space inside the center and award-winning digital signage.
Nearby Hotels: The Marriott Marquis, Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel and Grand Hyatt Washington DC often serve as headquarters, but there are 40+ hotel rooms within walking distance to choose from!
Attendee Experience: With attendees convening in the centre of Washington, DC—within walking distance to the White House and National Mall—and surrounded by a vibrant neighbourhood and dining scene, they’ll be immersed in a dynamic convention experience both inside and outside the venue.
Incentive Sample Programme
Discover the Real DC – Many people think DC starts and ends with the federal government, but this 68-square-mile city has so much more – and it’s at the top of its game. Michelin-starred masterpieces. Pre-Broadway premieres. Hands-on history. Find out what the District is really all about and plan your next incentive programme in Washington, DC.
Meeting Venue: The REACH at the Kennedy Center is the first major expansion in the Kennedy Center’s history, designed to bridge the gap between audience and art. In addition to a green roof, pedestrian bridge and casual café, the expansion features 11 flexible spaces that transform any event into an interactive arts experience. The stunning Skylight Pavilion features views of the Potomac River and is augmented by theatrical lighting to transform the room for special events, while the Moonshot Studio is a 'Maker Space' where groups can hold interactive workshops or meetings.
Nearby Hotels: From luxury at the Conrad Washington DC and Four Seasons and lifestyle at The LINE DC and the Riggs Washington DC, to historic at The Hay-Adams and Omni Shoreham, the accommodation options are endless.
Attendee Experience: Kick-off a monumental programme atop a rooftop overlooking the iconic skyline followed by a Monuments by Moonlight sightseeing tour. Open the next day with a general session at The REACH at the Kennedy Center followed by a foodie tour in charming Georgetown with mainstays and hidden gems. Optional excursions can include anything from art and architecture, to American politics and espionage at the International Spy Museum. Evening events will be memorable with exclusive hire of one of the Smithsonian Institution’s iconic museums or dining on the lawn of the first president’s home at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. A nightcap at any of the District’s live music venues and cocktail lounges will highlight the unique music genre of Go-Go.