DC is where you can access the world's best museums – many that are free to visit. DC is where you go to explore neighborhoods with homegrown businesses and diverse communities. DC is where you and your friends can make lasting memories from events, shows and moments you'll find no place else.

 With monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor – Washington, DC is a place unlike any other. We suggest you plan some time around the Symposium to enjoy all of the rich history that our nations capital has to offer. Book a day early or stay a day late to take it all in!

Below are just some of the notable attractions and restuarnats. For more details visit the Official Tourism Site of Washington DC.


National Mall & Memorial Parks Home to iconic monuments and memorials and over 1,000 acres of greenspace in Washington, D.C., including Korean War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and World War II Memorial. (0.5 miles)

The White House Home of the President of the United States. (2 blocks)

United States Capitol Home of the United States Congress. (1.3 miles)

National World War I Memorial A new tribute to the 4.7 million American men and women who served in the Great War. (just outside the hotel in Pershing Park)

Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery One of the largest and most expansive collections of American art in the world. (0.8 miles)

U.S. Navy Memorial Celebrates the camaraderie of service at sea. (0.8 miles)

The National Museum of African American History & Culture Dedicated to the documentation of African American life, history and culture. (0.4 miles)

ARTECHOUSE DC Experience the nation's first innovative art destination dedicated to the intersection of art, science and technology. From immersive art spaces to an extended reality (XR) mobile app, ARTECHOUSE is where curiosity-seekers of all ages go to experience creative innovation without limits.

National Museum of Women in the Arts The only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women's creative contributions. (0.4 miles)

National Building Museum Devoted to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment. Features stories of architecture, engineering, and design. (1 mile)

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery View paintings, photographs and sculptures of the people who have come to define America. (0.6 miles)

The Petersen House Tour the location of President Lincoln's passing, across the street from Ford's Theater. (0.5 miles)

Friendship Archway Newly-restored ceremonial Chinese archway (paifang) marking the entrance to Chinatown. (0.8 miles)

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum Visit the site where the legendary caretaker lived and tended to wounded Civil War soldiers. (0.6 miles)

International Spy Museum A museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage. (0.8 miles)

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. Discover the ultimate fan experience when you visit the incredibly realistic wax figures of movie stars, past US Presidents, pop sensations and more. (0.4 miles)


Theater & Music Venues

The Hamilton An eclectic gathering place for music, art, entertainment and inventive dining. (0.1 miles

The National Theater Enjoy a show at the oldest venue presenting touring Broadway, open since 1835. (0.1 miles)

Warner Theatre Performing arts theatre. (0.2 miles)

Ford's Theater This working theatre is also an historic monument and world-class museum. (0.4 miles)

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Emerging playwrights and provocative plays exploring the edges of theatrical style and human experience. (0.7 miles)

Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Harman Center for the Arts DC's premier classic theatre for 30+ years, bringing to life groundbreaking, thought-provoking, accessible theater in a uniquely American style. (0.9 miles)

Sixth & I A center for arts, entertainment and ideas located in an historic synagogue. (1.2 miles)

Black Cat Renowned independent music venue since 1993. (1.3 miles)

The 9:30 Club Beloved nightclub and live music venue since 1980. (1.9 miles)

The Anthem New addition to DC's live music scene, situated along the Potomac in Southwest DC. (1.6 miles)

Union Stage Small music and events space set against the backdrop of the Southwest waterfront. (1.8 miles)

Sports Venues

Nationals Park Home of the Washington Nationals. (2.7 miles)

Capital One Arena 20,000-seat venue that is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals, NCAA's Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team, and a site for large touring concerts. (0.7 miles)

Audi Field - Home of the MLS D.C. United soccer team. (3 miles)


1331 Bar & Lounge While staying at the JW Marriott, don't miss 1331, a favorite among hotel guests and locals alike. Located on the site where the famous gin rickey cocktail originated. (at hotel)

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC Featuring seasonal and sustainable seafood that is flown in fresh daily, their chef-driven menu proves seafood can be truly exceptional. (0.1 miles)

MXDC Created by award-winning Chef Todd English, our menu includes small plates, entrees, and family-style dishes. The menu offers traditional foods from various regions throughout Mexico. (0.1 miles)

Mastro's Steakhouse - DC "The preferred steakhouse of celebs and locals". (0.3 miles)

The Smith – Penn Quarter The Smith’s lively atmosphere is perfect for any occasion — whether it’s an after-work bite, drinks before the game, a birthday bash, a working lunch, a boozy brunch, or an I-don’t-want-to-cook-tonight night, we’ve got you covered. (0.5 miles)

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana From world-renowned chef Jose Andres, this restaurant serves authentic and creative Mexican cuisine. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand honoree. (0.6 miles)

Jaleo A Chef Jose Andres restaurant serving Spanish cuisine, this Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand honoree has been recognized for the Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S. by Food & Wine. (0.6 miles)

China Chilcano Also from Chef Jose Andres, this restaurant serves Peruvian, Chinese and Japanese fusion. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand honoree. (0.6 miles)

Zaytinya Chef Jose Andres brings an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines. Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand honoree. (0.6 miles)

 **All locations are shown with the distance from the offical NANETS host hotel.