What to Do in Washington, DC

IARS 2017 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium
Improving Health Through Discovery and Education
May 6-9, 2017 • Washington, DC

Discover Washington, DC

Discover America’s rich history in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC and remember the significant moments in time where they first occurred. Walk the two-mile green expanse of the National Mall and take in the neoclassical monuments and buildings, including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s three branches: The Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Roam the many halls of free Smithsonian Museums, paddle on the Potomac River or sit back on a double-decker tour bus and soak in the beautiful sights of the city. Indulge in the food, wine, local breweries and funky marketplaces available in DC. From American history to culinary delicacies to cultural events, you can find it all in Washington, DC. Make the most of your time in the Nation’s capital! See below to find out how.

Top Sites
Washington, DC by the Numbers

Explore the Top Sites in Washington, DC

National Mall and Memorial Parks
America’s most visited national park, where the past, present and future come together. The monuments and memorials in this park honor American forefathers and heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country.

The 8 Must-See Memorials at the National Mall

  1. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  2. Korean War Veterans Memorial
  3. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  5. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  6. World War II Memorial
  7. Washington Monument
  8. The Lincoln Memorial


DC Neighborhoods
Find out why the District is such a unique city. There’s so much to love about each one of DC’s neighborhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown to performing arts in Penn Quarter and a 24-hour diner in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in DC.

Southwest Waterfront
Native Americans, European Settlers, and now, the new Wharf development, this quadrant of Washington, DC has one constant — it’s always evolving. Today, visitors have much to see in this unique neighborhood a few blocks from the National Mall, including the new District Wharf, the Mead Center, Maine Avenue Fish Market, East Potomac Tennis Center, Women’s Titanic Memorial, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa and the tiki-style bar Cantina Marina to name a few hot spots.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Opened in 1910 to invoke discovery and education of the natural world, its green dome and immense size (comparable to 18 football fields) are signatures, as well as the 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts that the museum contains. The Museum of Natural History is centrally located in Washington, DC on the National Mall. Like all Smithsonian Institution Museums, admission is free. Its regular hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, but hours are extended during the summer with a closing time of 7:30 pm.

Click here to learn more about all The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC.

DC’s Arts & Culture
The backbone of the city is built on arts and culture. Enjoy awe-inspiring art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and music scenes and so much more.

Famous places to visit include:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ford’s Theatre
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Click here to learn more about DC’s arts and culture.

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Restaurants near the IARS Headquarters Hotel, Grand Hyatt Washington

Restaurants at the Grand Hyatt Washington

Starbucks (Coffee)
Hours: Daily 5:30 am – 8:00 pm

Cabinet (Breakfast; Special Lunch on Weekends), $$
Declaration Level (1B)
Hours: M-F 6:30 am – 11:00 am; Sat-Sun 6:20 am – 3:00 pm

Cure Bar & Bistro (lunch, dinner and late night), $$ - $$$
Lobby and Declaration Level (1B)
Hours: M-F 11:00 am – 1:00 am; Sat-Sun 3:00 pm – 1:00 am

Restaurants near the Grand Hyatt Washington

French Bistro, $$$
931 H Street NW
Distance from hotel: 1 min (233 ft.)

Capitol City Brewing Company
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Option, $$-$$$
1100 New York Avenue Northwest
Distance from hotel: 1 min (305 ft.)

Seasonal Italian, $$
974 Palmer Aly NW
Distance from hotel: 2 min (492 ft.)

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
American, Steakhouse, $$$$
950 I St NW # 501
Distance from hotel: 3 min (0.1 miles)

Fig & Olive D.C
American, Mediterranean, European, $$$$
934 Palmer Aly NW
Distance from hotel: 3 min (0.1 miles)

Fire & Sage
American, Bar, Pub, $$ - $$$
775 12th Street Northwest
Distance from hotel: 2 min (0.1 miles)

Juice Bars & Smoothies, Vegan, Live/Raw Food, $$
1094 Palmer Aly NW
Distance from hotel: 2 min (0.1 miles)

Mango Tree
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, $$ - $$$
929 H St NW
Distance from hotel: 2 min (0.1 miles)

Momofuku CCDC Japanese, Asian, Gluten Free Options, $$ - $$$
1090 I St NW
Distance from hotel: 2 min (0.1 miles)

Haad Thai Restaurant
Asian, ThaI,$$ - $$$
1100 New York Ave NW
Distance from hotel: 3 min (0.2 miles)

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Pub, Gluten Free Options, $$ - $$$
801 9th St NW, Penn Quarter, (Corner of 9th & H Streets)
Distance from hotel: 4 min (0.2 miles)

Pret A Manger
Soups, Cafe, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, $
1155 F Street NW
Distance from hotel: 4 min (0.2 miles)

Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Gluten Free Options , $$ - $$$
701 9th St NW, Edison Place
Distance from hotel: 4 min (0.2 miles)

Ella's Wood-Fired Pizza
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, $$ - $$$
610 9th St NW
Distance from hotel: 5 min (0.3 miles)

Mayur Kabob
Indian, Pakistani, Halal , $$ - $$$
1108 K St NW
Distance from hotel: 6 min (0.3 miles)

Japanese, $$
705 6th Street Northwest
Distance from hotel: 9 min (0.4 miles)

Upscale, Seasonal New American menu, $$$
1122 9th St NW
Distance from hotel: 9 min (0.4 miles)

Coffee near the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel

Rare Sweets
Dessert, coffee, & Teas
963 Palmer Alley
Distance from hotel: 2 min (0.1 miles)

Dolcezza Gelato and Coffee
904 Palmer Alley NW
Distance from hotel: 3 min (0.2 miles)

Sip of Seattle
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch, Juice Bars & Smoothies, $
1120 G St NW
Distance from hotel: 4 min (0.2 miles)

Bluebird Bakery
918 F St NW
Distance from hotel: 5 min (0.3 miles)

Peet’s Coffee
435 11th St NW
Distance from hotel: 7 min (0.4 miles)

Chinatown Coffee Co.
475 H St NW #1
Distance from hotel: 9 min (0.4 miles)

La Colombe Coffee
900 6th St NW
202-795 7909
Distance from hotel: 9 min (0.4 miles)

Bakers & Baristas
501 7th St NW
Distance from hotel: 10 min (0.5 miles)

Timgad Cafe
Cafes, Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches
1300 Pennsylvania Ave
Distance from hotel: 10 min (0.5 miles)

Other Restaurants of Note

Indian, $$
633 D St, NW
Distance from hotel: (0.6 miles) 12 min walk; 9 min bus ride (M Red); 4 min car ride

Italian, $$$
601 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Distance from hotel: (0.7 miles) 15 min walk; 8 min bus ride (M Green/ Yellow); 6 min car ride

Little Serow
Thai, $$$
1511 17th Street Northwest
Walk in; no reservations or phone.
Distance from hotel: (1.2 miles) 15 min bus ride/walk (M Red); 10 min car ride

Red Hen
Italian, $$
1822 First Street NW
Distance from hotel: (1.6 miles) 20 min bus ride/walk (M Green/ Yellow); 10 min car ride

Blue Duck Tavern
American, $$$
1201 24th St NW
Distance from hotel: (1.7 miles) 14 min bus ride/walk (M orange/ silver/blue); 12 min car ride

Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar
Wine Bars, American, $$
106 13th St SE
Distance from hotel: (2.3 miles) 29 min bus ride/walk (M orange/ silver/blue); 13 min car ride

Rose's Luxury
New American, $$
717 8th Street SE
Distance from hotel: (2.6 miles) 19 min bus ride/walk (M orange/ silver/blue); 10 min car ride

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
Seafood, Palisades, $$$
4883 MacArthur Blvd
Distance from hotel: (4.4 miles) 36 min bus ride/walk (D6); 17 min car ride

Washington, DC By The Numbers

2015 Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced that visitors could take photos on their White House tour for the first time.

535 miles of book shelves and 162 million objects can be found at the Library of Congress, giving DC the largest library in the world.

60,000 objects, ranging in size from Saturn V rockets to jetliners to gliders to space helmets to microchips, can be found at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

1,800 animals from 300 different species call the Smithsonian National Zoo home.

1884 was the year the Washington Monument was unveiled as the tallest structure in the world, standing at 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches in height, until the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889 and took the title.

59 pieces of Chinese granite make up the MLK Memorial, commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and designed and assembled by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin.

1929 was the first year a phone was installed on the president’s desk in the White House. The original phone number for the White House in 1878 was just the number 1

2 Former presidents, Herbert Hoover and John Quincy Adams, kept pet alligators at the White House.

1800 was the year the White House was completed, a year after President George Washington’s death. President John Quincy Adams was the first president to live in it.

19 feet tall and weighing almost 15,000 pounds, the bronze Statue of Freedom sculpture on the top of the U.S. Capitol Building is larger than it looks.

1901 was the year DC’s first baseball team began playing as the Washington Senators. Not until 1971 was their name changed to the Washington Nationals.

180 embassies and international cultural centers are located in Washington, DC. More than 16 percent of DC residents speak a language other than English.

200 bonsai trees can be found at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, one of the 19 Smithsonian Museums in the city.

64,000 square feet and over 200 artifacts make up the first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage, the International Spy Museum.

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