It would require far more room than is available here to describe all the magnificent attractions in the DC area. Instead, we've tried to at least include those that we know will be open during our free afternoon for exploring the city (Sunday, November 10). We hope you'll consider taking an extra day before or after the conference to see even more.
One of the amazing features of the capital city is the network of Smithsonian museums, most of which are located on the National Mall and are open until 5:30 pm daily.
downloading self-guides to the collection and discovering the variety of daily guided talks and tours in the galleries. Open Monday–Saturday until 5:30 pm; Sunday until 6:00 pm at the National Mall between 3rd and 7th streets and Constitution Avenue.
The Museum Guide may be helpful in planning your visit. On the day of your visit, please also check at the Information Desk for a complete list of programs. Open daily to 5:20 pm; 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%–3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by NARA.
Established in 1934, NARA serves as the official repository for all federal records judged to be of enduring value. Its holdings date from the 18th century to the present and include the famous Charters of Freedom—the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Located at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue and open daily until 5:30 pm.
Start with the beautiful Capital Crescent Trail, a paved trail through the woods that goes right through Bethesda, winds its way to Georgetown and then connects again with another trail to go through Rock Creek Park. It's great for walking, jogging or biking. Miles are marked every half mile. Bethesda starts at mile marker 3.5. Just past mile 8.5 is Fletcher's Boathouse, where there are water fountains and Porta-Johns. (It's also a great place to rent boats by the hour.) Go another mile or so further and you'll reach Georgetown. (It's a slight incline down going into DC, so keep that in mind for your return.)
During the weekends, it's quite popular and safe to go on your own. During the early weekday mornings it's less crowded, and therefore might be best enjoyed with a friend.
Getting there: Walk behind the hotel, and with your back facing the hotel, walk left on Woodmont Avenue (if you've hit Old Georgetown Road, you've gone the wrong way). Walk about three to four blocks until Woodmont dead-ends (due to construction) at the corner of Bethesda Avenue. Just across the street (and on the left-hand side of Ourisman) you should see the sign for the Capital Crescent Trail. Continue straight to head into Georgetown or go the other way to head towards Chevy Chase, Maryland. Learn more here.
If you'd prefer to ride your bike on the trail, follow the same directions as above, but turn right when you hit Bethesda Avenue, and at the traffic light, turn left on Arlington Road. A few blocks down you'll find Big Wheel Bikes (6917 Arlington Road, 301-652-0192. Rentals start at $7/hour, and helmets and locks are provided free of charge on request. (You can also try Griffin Cycle, at 4949 Bethesda Avenue, 301-656-6188). Just continue walking past Arlington Road and you'll see it
While the hotel has an exercise room and indoor pool, you may be interested in some other great options for exercise classes.
Balance offers both pilates and yoga classes and is just a 10-minute walk (1/2 mile) from the hotel. Walk north on Wisconsin Ave until you reach the corner of Rosedale and Wisconsin. 4719 Rosedale Avenue, 301-986-1730. Drop-in class for $20.
Down Dog Yoga offers "hot" yoga in a beautiful studio in the heart of downtown Bethesda, and it's just a five-minute walk from the hotel (head south down Wisconsin and turn right on Elm Street). 4733 Elm Street, 4th floor, 301-654-9644. Drop-in class for $18.
Core Power Yoga is a new yoga studio on the other end of Bethesda and is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel, heading south down Wisconsin Avenue. It offers one week of free yoga to new students--hopefully the offer will last until November. 6800 Wisconsin Avenue, #300, 301-951-9642, Drop-in class for $20.
The Bar Method is a new kind of exercise that uses your own body resistance to tone and strengthen. It's a very short walk, just behind the hotel. 7710 Woodmont Avenue, 301-652-1200. Trial class for $25.
LA Boxing, for those who want to get their aggression out, this is a killer workout. A ten minute walk down Woodmont Avenue, behind the hotel. 4834 Cordell Avenue, 301-656-3910. Offers free trial classes.
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