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DC's Official Travel Website, Washington.org, is a comprehensive resource to plan activities during your stay in Washington, D.C. The website includes 197 things to do! While we recommend that out-of-town visitors utilize the Washington.org web site, we have provided some general guidance on things to do below.

Smithsonian Castle

When not taking part in the Congress, experience Washington, D.C. in full bloom and enjoy signature springtime events such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The dates for ICA 2014 were chosen to coincide with one of the most beautiful times of the year in Washington, D.C. – springtime. This is when the cherry blossom trees that line the Potomac River are in full bloom. The festival celebrates springtime in Washington, D.C. as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry trees from Japan.

Many free and family-friendly attractions can be easily reached from the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Delegates can walk to the neighboring National Zoo or to the Woodley Park Metro station for access to an extensive subway system.

Bridge over Potomac

No trip to Washington, D.C. is complete without a visit to the National Mall. Here you will find the free Smithsonian museums and classic landmarks such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, as well as amazing views of the cherry blossoms. Beyond the city, delegates will find even more attractions and activities. The ICA 2014 Web Site includes a wide-ranging list of tourist attractions stretching well beyond Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. offers easy access to major northeastern cities. For example, by train Washington, D.C. is only 30 minutes to Baltimore, two hours to Philadelphia, and four hours to New York City. Other sites of interest are short automobile rides away from Washington, D.C, including historical sites, such as Colonial Williamsburg and Gettysburg, and outdoor recreation areas, such as the Chesapeake Bay and the mountains of Virginia.

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