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Washington, DC, USA

Join us at SLAS2015, which convenes for the first time in the US capital city of Washington, DC. With top-notch meeting facilities, a convenient location, plus a well-earned reputation as an international center of politics, history and culture, DC represents an outstanding location for this annual SLAS Annual Conference. Considering taking advantage of the opportunity to bring guests and/or add days to your SLAS2015 stay to visit DC’s host of notable attractions.

Getting To and Around DC

With convenient access for out of town travelers by way of three regional airports and Amtrak train service, DC is readily accessible for both domestic and international visitors. Once you’ve arrived, DC is an extremely easy town to navigate. The city prides itself as being pedestrian-friendly, and most area attractions are within walking distance of a Metrorail or Metrobus stop.

The official travel web site for Washington, DC is http://washington.org/. At this site, you can find current information on popular DC attractions, maps of the area, cultural event schedules, and a directory to restaurants and pubs.

For those visiting DC, for the first time – or not since your 8th grade class trip — DC for First Timers is a helpful resource to start your planning.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep in mind that you should book lodging only through SLAS2015 official channels to take advantage of discounted rates, value-add amenities and safeguards that SLAS has negotiated on behalf of SLAS2015 attendees.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

SLAS2015 educational sessions and the exhibition will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is conveniently located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown DC, right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Both official SLAS2015 hotels – the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC (Headquarters Hotel) and Renaissance Washington DC Downtown — are both located adjacent to the Convention Center.

Access by Metro: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located just off the Yellow and Green lines of the DC Metro public transit system. Click here for a Metro system map.

Parking: There are more than 3,000 public parking spaces within a three block radius of the Convention Center. Rates and times of operation vary by location. Parking rates at the official SLAS2015 hotels can be found here. Click here for a map of parking facilities in proximity of the Convention Center.

For additional information on getting to the Convention Center, visit http://www.dcconvention.com/Venues/ConventionCenter/DirectionsAndParking.aspx

Area Attractions

DC is home to several of the world's premier museums, monuments and memorials. See an overview at http://washington.org/topics/monuments-memorials. Below are quick links direct to several of DC’s most popular attractions.

National Mall: http://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm

Smithsonian Institution: http://www.si.edu/

U.S. Capitol: http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

Holocaust Memorial Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/

National Zoo: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/default.cfm

International Spy Museum: http://www.spymuseum.org/

Maps and Real-Time Weather in DC

Interactive maps of Washington, DC: http://washington.org/dc-map

Current Washington, DC Weather: http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:20001.1.99999