Welcome to the Nation's Capital! Ideas of what to do while in D.C.

By Sam Atkinson posted 06-20-2018 13:36

  
For the past year, I have been peppered with emails, calls and tweets on what to do in D.C. while at the 2018 CoSIDA Convention. I have been happy to be a personal tourist guide for those who inquired but now that we are less than a week out from the convention I thought it would be helpful to supply everyone with a list (not comprehensive) of some of the highlights or what to do while in D.C. 

While some will not be able to venture too far off the property others may have their own modes of transportation or will use Uber/Lyft/Taxi to get into D.C. Please know there are excellent restaurants and shops in and around the Gaylord property and for those who like shopping there is a Tanger Outlet just two miles up the hill as you pass the MGM.

As far as restaurants, my personal recommendation is to use Yelp and I know everyone's tastes are different so I won't give you a list of recommended places to eat.

I hope this list will help fill out your social/tourist calendar in and around the convention. Enjoy your stay in our Nation's Capital!

Sam Atkinson
CoSIDA Third Vice President
Gallaudet University - Assoc. AD for Communications
@SamAtkinsonSID 

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Mileage listed is from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

Embassies – www.embassy.org
Various countries located all throughout D.C. and Maryland 

George Washington’s Mount Vernon – www.mountvernon.org   
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121 (12.5 miles)

International Spy Museum – www.spymuseum.org
800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (10.8 miles) 

Korean War Veterans Memorial – www.nps.gov
900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024 (10.9 miles)

Library of Congress – www.loc.gov
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540 (10.5 miles)

Lincoln Memorial – www.nps.gov
2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037 (13 miles)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – www.nps.gov
1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 (11.7 miles)

National Gallery of Art – www.nga.gov
6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565 (11.1 miles) 

National Geographic Museum – www.nationalgeographic.org
1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (12.3 miles)

National Museum of African American History and Culture www.nmaahc.si.edu 
1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560 (11 miles) 

National Museum of the American Indian – www.nmai.si.edu
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560 (10.8 miles)

National Museum of Women in the Arts – www.nmwa.org
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (11.3 miles)

National Portrait Gallery – www.npg.si.edu
8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (10.8 miles)

National Postal Museum – www.postalmuseum.si.edu
2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 (10.5 miles)

Newseum – www.newseum.org
800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (10.5 miles) 

Smithsonian Castle – www.si.edu
1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560 (10.5 miles)

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – www.airandspace.si.edu
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560 (10.8 miles) 

Smithsonian National Museum of American History – www.americanhistory.si.edu
1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560 (10.8 miles)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – www.naturalhistory.si.edu
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560 (10.8 miles)

Smithsonian National Zoological Park – www.nationalzoo.si.edu
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 (15.1 miles) 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial – www.nps.gov
701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242 (10.9 miles)

United States Capitol – www.visitthecapitol.gov
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004 (10.3 miles)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – www.ushmm.org
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, DC 20024 (10.6 miles)

Vietnam Veterans Memorail – www.nps.gov
5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20245 (11.3 miles)

Washington Monument – www.nps.gov
2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024 (11 miles)

White House – www.whitehouse.gov
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 (11.6 miles) 

World War II Memorial – www.nps.gov
1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 (10.9 miles)

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SPORTS

Home games listed below the team's contact info

Major League Baseball (MLB)

 

Washington Nationals – www.nationals.com
Nationals Park (7.7 miles)
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

6/23 vs. Phillies, 4:05 p.m.
6/24 vs. Phillies, 8:05 p.m.
7/02 vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.
7/03 vs. Red Sox, 6:05 p.m.
7/04 vs. Red Sox, 11:05 a.m.


Baltimore Orioles – www.orioles.com
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (43.6 miles)
333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201

6/25 vs. Mariners, 7:05 p.m.
6/26 vs. Mariners, 7:05 p.m.
6/27 vs. Mariners, 7:05 p.m.
6/28 vs. Mariners, 3:05 p.m.
6/29 vs. Angels, 7:05 p.m.
6/30 vs. Angels, 4:05 p.m.
7/01 vs. Angels, 1:05 p.m. 

Professional Golfers Association (PGA)

Quicken Loans National - www.pgatour.com
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm (30.7 miles)
10000 Oaklyn Dr, Potomac, MD 20854

6/28-7/01 - All Day


Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)

Washington Mystics - www.mystics.wnba.com
Capital One Arena (10.6 miles)
601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

6/26 vs. Connecticut, 7 p.m.
6/28 vs. New York, 7 p.m.
6/30 vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. 

Minor League Baseball (MiLB)

Bowie Baysox – www.baysox.com
Prince George’s Stadium (26.8 miles)
4101 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716

6/25 vs. Akron, 7:05 p.m.
6/26 vs. Akron, 7:05 p.m.
6/27 vs. Akron, 7:05 p.m.
6/28 vs. Akron, 7:05 p.m.


Frederick Keys – www.frederickkeys.com
Nymeo Field at HGS (61.1 miles)
21 Stadium Dr, Frederick, MD 21703

6/25 vs. Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
6/26 vs. Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
6/27 vs. Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
6/28 vs. Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
6/29 vs. Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
6/30 vs. Lynchburg, 6 p.m.
7/01 vs. Lynchburg, 2 p.m.
7/02 vs. Lynchburg, 7 p.m.
7/03 vs. Lynchburg, 7 p.m. 


Hagerstown Suns – www.hagerstownsuns.com
Municipal Stadium (84.7 miles)
274 E Memorial Blvd, Hagerstown, MD 21740

6/30 vs. West Virginia, 6:05 p.m.
7/01 vs. West Virginia, 2:05 p.m.
7/02 vs. West Virginia, 7:05 p.m.
7/03 vs. West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. 


Potomac Nationals – www.potomacnationals.com
Pfitzner Stadium (27.4 miles)
7 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192

6/23 vs. Wilmington, 6:35 p.m.
6/24 vs. Wilmington, 1:05 p.m.
7/04 vs. Salem, 6:35 p.m.
 

Arena Football League (AFL)

Baltimore Brigade – www.baltimorebrigade.com
Royal Farms Arena (47.5 miles)
201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201

6/23 vs. Albany, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Valor – www.washingtonvalor.com
Capital One Arena (10.6 miles)
601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

6/29 vs. Albany, 7 p.m.

 

American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL)

DC Breeze – www.thedcbreeze.com
Catholic Cardinal Stadium (17 miles)
600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017
6/30 vs. Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.

 

Major League Lacrosse (MLL)

Chesapeake Bayhawks – www.thebayhawks.com
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (38 miles)
550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

7/02 vs. Boston, 6 p.m.


Others:

Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League – www.calripkenleague.org

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CONCERTS

6/23: Paramore/Foster The People @ 7 p.m.
Merriweather Post Pavilion (42.7 miles) - 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

6/24: Steve Miller Band @ 7 p.m.
MECU Pavilion (48.3 miles) – 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202

6/24: Harry Styles @ 8 p.m.
Capital One Arena (10.6 miles) - 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

6/26: Thirty Seconds to Mars @ 6 p.m.
Jiffy Lube Live (42.7 miles) – 7800 Cellar Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

6/29: Foreigner @ 7 p.m.
Jiffy Lube Live (42.7 miles) – 7800 Cellar Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

6/29: Sarah McLachlan @ 8 p.m.
Strathmore (35.6 miles) - 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852

6/30: Rascal Flatts @ 4 p.m.
Jiffy Lube Live (42.7 miles) – 7800 Cellar Drive, Bristow, VA 20136

7/02: Imagine Dragons @ 7 p.m.
Jiffy Lube Live (42.7 miles) – 7800 Cellar Drive, Bristow, VA 20136 

7/03: Sam Smith @ 8 p.m.
Capital One Arena (10.6 miles) - 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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THEATER

6/22-7/04: Hamilton – www.kennedy-center.org
Kennedy Center (13 miles) - 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566


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