Touring D.C.

AAUW is thrilled to host our 2017 National Convention in Washington, D.C.! This page will provide you with helpful information for navigating our nation’s capital during your time at convention. Remember to check the convention agenda before making other plans so you don’t miss our scheduled activities.

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue

See Eleanor Roosevelt’s statue at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial on the Tidal Basin. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Information

The Renaissance Hotel is the host site of this year’s convention. The staff at the front desk will be able to help you with any questions you have about the hotel, places to visit nearby, and more.

999 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001


Click to view the D.C. Metro Map

Using the Metro: D.C. is a very walkable city, but for farther distances, the Metro provides an easy way to get to your destination. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website can help you plan your trip, provide updates on train arrivals, and more.

SmarTrip Metro card: A Metro card will make traveling through the District quite convenient. You can purchase a SmarTrip card at any Metro station or at the CVS near the hotel. Also note that your Metro card can be used on Metro buses and on the D.C. Circulator (below).

D.C. Circulator: This bus has six different routes, so it’s a great option for exploring different regions of D.C. Each ride is only $1, which you can pay in cash or with your SmarTrip Metro card.

Taxi cabs: Prefer not to use public transportation? Several local cab companies can take you wherever you want to go.


AAUW’s website and the D.C. tourism site offer plenty of ideas for fun things to see and do in the city. Here are a few highlights:

You can also call the D.C. Chamber of Commerce with any tourism questions at 202.347.7201.

Jefferson Memorial at Dusk, Photo Credit: Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0], Wikimedia Commons

Bus and trolley tours: There are a variety of tours you can sign up for to see many D.C. highlights in one trip. Note that AAUW is not organizing these tours, so registering and paying for these tours is up to each individual.

  • D.C. Explorer Pass: This pass is good for 30 days, so this may be a good choice if you plan on extending your trip. You can choose three activities from a variety of options, including a visit to Mount Vernon, a riverboat cruise with prime views of several monuments, and a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
  • Double-Decker Night Bus Tour: On Thursday or Saturday night of convention, enjoy a three-hour tour of city sights under the stars. You will see the Jefferson Memorial, walk up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and take in views of the U.S. Capitol and White House. Your guide will stop to let you take photos at each site.
  • Washington, D.C., Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour: This is another nighttime option for a tour around the National Mall. The experienced tour guides will take you to the city’s most popular monuments, including the memorials for Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln as well as several war memorials, among them the Iwo Jima Memorial commemorating the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Duck Tour: This excursion doesn’t focus on birds! An amphibious vehicle will take you past famous museums and monuments on land as you listen to sound bites from the past, including music, speeches, and newscasts. Then the bus transforms into a boat cruising the Potomac River.
  • Old Town Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour: This 90-minute tour is offered every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so it could be a perfect afternoon outing if you have free time during convention. Tour stops include Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, and the S. Navy Memorial. Think you can’t do it all in one day? Two-day passes are available.

National Mall at Night

National Mall at Night – Washington D.C., Photo credit: diego_cue [CC BY-SA 3.0], Wikimedia Commons

Walking tours: If you would prefer to explore the city by foot, there are a variety of walking tours available. Each individual must register and pay for these tours on their own. Note that many of these tours require reservations, so please make sure to plan ahead of time to participate in these activities.

  • National Mall tours: There are several walking tours around the National Mall where you can see some of D.C.’s most famous sights. There is the original National Mall tour that lasts about two hours; if you have time, there is an extended tour that includes some of the lesser-known memorials. You can also choose to do the latter half of the extended tour, lasting only 90 minutes. All of these National Mall tours are accessible for people with physical disabilities.
  • Embassy Row and Dupont Circle tour: This two-hour tour offers visitors the chance to see beautiful mansions that now house international embassies from Egypt to Indonesia. Experience the global side of our nation’s capital in this community of historic wealth and power.
  • Night tours: Interested in the darker side of the city? There are multiple tours that focus on ghosts, murder, and scandal. Retrace President Lincoln’s final trip from the White House to Ford’s Theatre on the Lincoln assassination tour or learn about curses and hauntings on a nighttime tour through historic Georgetown.


By:    March 10, 2017