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The Hyatt Regency Washington, located on Capitol Hill, is just a short 4 minute walk from the National Mall as well as other popular D.C. attractions and eateries. From museums filled with amazing histories to sprawling parks with spectacular monuments, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our recommendations of sights, activities, and restaurants to visit while you’re at the 2019 ASM conference!


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States’ official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. USHMM Website

The National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center collects, preserves, and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific, and military history. NMAH Website

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003. The museum’s building, collaboratively designed by Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates and Davis Brody Bond, is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. NMAAHC Website

The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It has free admission and is open 364 days a year. NMNH Website

The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, also called the NASM, is a museum in Washington, D.C.. It was established in 1946 as the National Air Museum and opened its main building on the National Mall near L’Enfant Plaza in 1976. NASM Website

The Newseum is an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication. The seven-level, 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) museum is located in Washington, D.C. and features fifteen theaters and fifteen galleries. Website


Outdoor Attractions:

The World War II Memorial is a memorial of national significance dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II.

The long, grassy National Mall is home to iconic monuments including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. At the eastern end is the domed U.S. Capitol, and the White House is to the north.

Rock Creek Park is a large urban park that bisects the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The park was created by an Act of Congress in 1890, and today is administered by the National Park Service.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre U.S. national memorial in Washington D.C. It honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those who were unaccounted for (missing in action) during the war.

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5-acre island and national memorial located in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The island was given to the American people by the Theodore Roosevelt Association in memory of the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.




Tours in D.C.

Washington D.C. has trolley tours available to make sight seeing easier. There are several options available to accommodate your schedule and budget, as well as different routes to chose from. D.C.’s trolley tour’s stop at the city’s most popular monuments and memorials, and is the only tour that takes you into Arlington National Cemetery. Tours are also available at night with Monuments by Moonlight. To learn more about D.C.’s Trolley Tours or book your tickets, you can visit their website here.

If exploring the Potomac is on your bucket list, DC Ducks may be an option. DC Ducks uses DUKW vehicles that can drive on land and sail on the water. With DC Ducks, you will depart at Union Station, drive down the National Mall, before entering the Potomac river to get a unique perspective of Washington D.C. If you would like to know more about DC Ducks then you can visit their website here.

If you would like a more in-depth look at Arlington National Cemetery, there are tours available that gives you a greater scope of ANC. Tour vehicles take you to the grave of President John F. Kennedy, President William Taft, as well as other notable American heroes. Witness the Changing of the Guard and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and learn about the history of Arlington National Cemetery. For more information, you can visit their website here.

If you would prefer to sight see at your own pace, then self guided tours are always an option. On foot, you can explore D.C. at your leisure with some help in navigation. The provided link is for a tour that takes about two hours to complete, however, if you are wanting something different, there are several different guides available with a quick Google search. You can find a self guided walking tour here.