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Why Washington, DC?

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Explore why the nation's capital is the perfect place for your next trip, meeting or convention.

There are hundreds of reasons why Washington, DC is an ideal destination. Here are just 10 to inspire your next gathering right here.

1 A Must-See City

One of the world’s most talked-about destinations, DC attracts more than 20 million visitors each year. People come from around the world to see all that the nation’s capital has to offer. And in fact, many associations, corporations and travel planners report record-high attendance for their DC meetings and group tours.

2 Unmatched Service
Unmatched Service Ben Droz

From registration and reservation services to lead distribution, Destination DC’s team of convention and tourism sales and services professionals deliver powerful support to make your gathering a success.

3 Awesome Accommodations
Awesome Accommodations

DC’s award-winning hotels are as well-known for their attentive service as for their must-have amenities. With nearly 30,000 hotel rooms in the city, there’s a style and budget for every visitor.

4 An Accessible City
An Accessible City J. David Buerk Photography for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

With three airports, a convenient Metro system, streetcar, bike-share network and plenty of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, DC is easy to get to and around.

5 A Green Capital

In a city knows for its red, white and blue, these days DC is GREEN. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center subscribes to energy-reducing practices and its official convention hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is LEED certified. Many hotels, restaurants and attractions are taking new steps to show their environmental awareness.is the new red, white and blue these days in DC. Hotels, restaurants and attractions are taking new steps to show their environmental awareness.

6 Unique Venues

DC is home to special event venues that are so spectacular they need no decoration. Perfect for private dinner parties, receptions and other group gatherings, we offer a host of venues that will give your guests something to talk about.

7 Unrivaled Access
Unrivaled Access

In DC, your clients will enjoy access to leaders in politics, media, research and industry, plus dozens of colleges and universities with the potential to boost attendance. Tap in to these DC resources to tempt your clients with an experience they can’t find anywhere else.

8 Wallet-Friendly Attractions

There’s no place that matches the assortment and quality of fantastic free attractions that await you in DC, from the magnificent memorials and monuments on the National Mall to must-see sites like the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and the 17 museums of the Smithsonian Institution. CNN named DC one of the 16 best places to visit in 2016.

9 An International City

A true global village, DC is home to people of all different cultures, plus more than 150 embassies and international cultural centers.

10 A City that Celebrates

Festivals, special events, citywide conventions and star-studded galas are always on the calendar in DC, giving your attendees opportunities to participate in their own headline-making events.

Discover more inspiration by looking at how other meeting planners have made the most out of their meetings.