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Welcome to Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America and the seat of its three branches of government, as well as the federal district of the U.S. The city has an unparalleled collection of free, public museums and many of the nation's most treasured monuments and memorials. The vistas on the National Mall between the Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial are famous throughout the world as icons of the United States of America.

Washington, D.C. has shopping, dining, and nightlife befitting a world-class metropolis. Travellers will find the city to be exciting, cosmopolitan, and international. At the heart of any trip to Washington, D.C. is a visit to the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way, visitors see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

You can download a Visitor's Guide to Washington D.C. by clicking the picture on the right. Visit for more information.

Social Events and Guest Tours:

There are two Washington DC tours offered during the conference - on Thursday and Friday. Guests are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible since seats are limited. Please check the desired tour options in the online conference registration form .

Tour 1: A Special Look at Washington DC

Thursday 7 September, 08:30 am to 12:30 pm, $55 fee

This tour will provide guests with a complete narrated overview of the U.S. Capital City including views of the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol itself. Guests will pass the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art (to be visited on our Friday tour) prior to stopping on the National Mall to view the Lincoln Memorial, and the nearby Vietnam Veterans Wall and Korean War Memorial.

Tour 1: A Special Look at Washington DC

Tour 2: The National Gallery of Art

Friday 8 September, 09:30 am to 01:30 pm, $55 fee

On this tour a docent will describe highlights of the Gallery’s vast collection of Western art from the 13th to the 20th centuries. On display are masterpieces of Italian painting and sculpture including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, major works by Bierstadt, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Cassatt, and Monet.

Tour 2: The National Gallery of Art