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43rd Annual ARSC Conference (Washington, D.C., March 27-30, 2009)

Washington Events & Places of Interest

The Nation’s Capital is a treasure trove of museums and memorials, historic sites, and cultural venues. It’s also a beautiful city, especially in May, and is very easy to navigate, either on foot or via the Metro, Washington’s user-friendly subway system. The Liaison Hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of many of Washington’s premier attractions. The two Metro stops closest to the hotel are Judiciary Square and Union Station, both on the Red Line.

Washington, D.C.’s visitors services' map site will help get you oriented.

The Web sites of these organizations have lots of suggestions on what to see and do while you’re in DC:


This is the official tourism site for Washington, with good basic information about getting around, shopping, restaurants, and city attractions. Their Events Calendar is excellent – and many May events are already listed.

Cultural Tourism

Cultural Tourism DC is a coalition of non-profit cultural and neighborhood organizations. Their site runs the gamut from Washington’s cultural and historical giants, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center, to small performing arts groups and local festivals. Look at their “Attractions” and “Tours and Trails” section.

Events and Dining Guides

Washington City Paper

The City Paper is DC’s free weekly “alternative” newspaper, distributed on Thursday. It’s the most comprehensive listing of events and performing arts information in the Washington metropolitan area, and will be particularly useful as the Conference date approaches.

The Washington Post

The "Going Out Guide" in DC’s most widely read daily newspaper.

Urban Spoon

Washington is a great restaurant town. Urban Spoon includes everything from local delis and dives to the priciest fine dining spots, and is easily searchable by neighborhood. The Liaison Hotel is closest to “Penn Quarter” and “Chinatown.” Within each neighborhood, you can search by Popularity, Name, or Price.


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