70th INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS 2019 21–25 October 2019 Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Travelers' Guide

With AIAA Headquarters based just outside of Washington, D.C., our staff is familiar with the many entertaining things to do in the city. The following is a list of our staff’s favorite places to visit for anyone attending IAC 2019.

Friendship Arch
  1. Play with Your Friends at the Smithsonian National Zoo – It’s not hard to fall in love with all of the animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo, particularly superstar pandas from China, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and their offspring Bei Bei.
  2. Spend the Day on the National Mall - Wander in and out of the museums, all free of charge—plus take a spin on the carousel, or stroll among magnificent sculptures, all on the National Mall.
  3. Take a Walk in Georgetown – From shopping to top dining selections, Washington D.C.’s waterfront is a must-see on a nice fall day.
  4. Catch a Show or Concert at the Kennedy Center – While you are there enjoying top performing arts masters, check out the international flags, paintings, sculptures, and other artworks throughout the center.
  5. Take a Hike at Theodore Roosevelt Island or Rock Creek Park – Whether it’s a 91-acre wilderness preserve with 2 1/2 miles of foot trails on the Virginia side of D.C., or an urban park with majestic trees and a flowing creek in the middle of D.C., Roosevelt Island or Rock Creek Park are perfect for enjoying nature and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  6. Be Moved at the Lincoln Memorial - Visitors will be awed by both the majesty of his words and the architectural wonder of this larger-than-life memorial.
  7. Stroll through the National Arboretum – Take a guided, or leisurely tour through D.C.’s 446-acre living museum.
  8. Enjoy Chinatown andPenn QuarterThe Friendship Arch, a traditional Chinese gate, stunningly marks the entrance to one of D.C.’s most cultural and historic parts of the city, and it’s located next to Penn Quarter, a revitalized arts and entertainment district.
  9. Take a walk around the Tidal Basin - With the Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, the Tidal Basin provides an opportunity to commemorate visionaries of the past.
  10. Get a Taste of Colonial Times in Alexandria - Visit colonial houses, public parks, churches, museums, a marina, unique shops, and some of the area’s top restaurants.

That’s just our top ten! In D.C., there are an endless list of things to do. For more information, visit our partner, Destination D.C.  

Arlington National Cemetery
Annapolis waterfront
Skyline drive

Easy Day Trips from Washington, D.C.

As a region of diverse landscapes and culture, the greater Washington Metropolitan area provides ample opportunity to explore its rich history and natural beauty, all within a short distance of Washington, D.C.

In Arlington, Virginia, the verdant lawns of the Arlington National Cemetery invite you to contemplate life, while paying your respects to America’s fallen heroes, including President John F. Kennedy, and viewing the memorials to the crews of Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia.

About thirty minutes from Arlington, you can visit Mount Vernon, and discover the life and times of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Or venture north to Baltimore, Maryland, to visit the National Aquarium, the U.S.S. Constellation, and a world-class science center.

To our west, visit Shenandoah National Park and drive the world-famous “ Skyline Drive,” which provides picturesque views and stunning vistas of the rolling Virginia countryside. Or head east to Annapolis, Maryland, to explore its quaint streets and colonial architecture, and get out on the Chesapeake Bay.

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