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7 things to see while you’re in DC

The biggest gathering of the best minds in customer intelligence takes place in a new city this year: Washington, DC. As the capital of the United States, DC is rich history and offers numerous sights. There’s no shortage of things to do while you’re in DC. Here are seven places to check out if you’re planning on extending your stay.

The National Mall and Memorials Park

If you’re staying at the JW Marriott Hotel, the Summit is only an elevator ride away. But also nearby is the giant park that’s home to almost every major monument in DC, including the U.S. Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial. .

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

It takes a few hours to peruse the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts, so you might want to extend your visit a day so that you can learn about the long history flight, whether it’s World War II aviation, how aviation and space exploration have transformed the world at the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, or take a tour of the solar system as seen and sensed by the spacecraft that explored them.

Even more museums

While the Smithsonian is one of the most notable museums in the city, there are many others nearby the JW Marriott that might pique your interest, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of African American History, or the International Spy Museum.

Historic Georgetown

If you’re looking for something a little less formal and more laid back to do, and perhaps a nice meal, check out this historic neighborhood, which is a tourist favorite for numerous reasons. You can stroll along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, explore the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, or check out the homes of famous celebrities, including Julia Child, as well as DC’s oldest house.

National Zoological Park

Perfect for the animal lovers, and admission is free. Just a heads up: the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is partially closed.

Lights, music, action

If the play's the thing, then you might want to catch some live entertainment at the National Theatre. For music lovers, there’s symphonies and opera at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Best book your tickets in advance.

Take a tour

There are several ways to take a tour of the Capitol – you can walk, bike and or take a trolley.

We’d be remiss in not mentioning the city’s most notable landmark, but a trip to White House is usually one you must plan well in advance. Check with the friendly hotel staff who can give you the lowdown on how best to work it into your trip. They can also suggest other fun things to do that we may missed.

See you in DC.