About the city

Washington D.C. is one of the most exciting places to be this year, especially when you’re a business communication professional who wants to join with 1,000 of your peers at the IABC World Conference, 11-14 June 2017, to discover innovation in communication and address some of the major issues facing the profession today. Rich in U.S. history, filled with incredible museums and surrounded by spectacular architectural and natural beauty, Washington D.C. is also a contemporary marvel and stands as one of the most unique cities in the world.

Getting around the city

These helpful hints for getting around the city are offered by the local IABC/Washington D.C. chapter.

  1. No need to rent a car – so many sites are accessible via walking, biking, Uber, Lyft, subway, etc., that a car, the expense, and the parking aren’t worth the hassle.
  2. Consider getting the smartphone app for Uber and/or Lyft ahead of arriving in DC – you can always delete it afterward
  3. Here’s the link for the subway system – get familiar with the map ahead of arriving – the host hotel is closest to the DuPont Circle metro station: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/
  4. Take the Metro/subway from DCA/Reagan National Airport; there are also multiple shuttle services from Dulles and BWI airports (plus MARC train directly to DC’s Union Station from BWI – $7-$10 per person).
  5. The most reliable taxis are those painted red/gray (akin to the DC flag’s colors).
  6. Nearly all Smithsonian Museums are free to the public
  7. For attendees wanting to tour the US Capitol, go online ahead of time to check availability and how to reserve. https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/book-tour-capitol
  8. For attendees wanting to see a Washington Nationals baseball game, go online to check game scheduling during the Saturday-Saturday, June 8th-June 15th timeframe. http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=was
  9. Bring. Comfortable. Shoes!

Take a walking tour

If you really want to see the city, take a walking tour! Here’s one that specializes in small groups and focuses on the west side of the National Mall: http://www.dctoursbytim.com/.