AO in Washington, DC: A monumental experience
The United States capital of Washington, DC needs little introduction for visitors. There is so much to do and see that it’s just a matter of how much time one has to spend in this historical hot spot.
From the White House and the National Zoo, to countless museums, monuments, memorials, and more than 2,200 restaurants, Washington, DC is a vibrant metropolis steeped in history and culture. It’s no wonder the capital city saw a record 22 million visitors in 2016.
Beginning with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the site of the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2019 Annual Meeting, this world-class convention center is a stunning 2.3 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, with more than 140 HDTVs and a public art collection throughout the facility consisting of more than 130 pieces by more than 90 different artists. Retail and dining options are also located in the exterior space immediately surrounding the convention center.
In addition, the convention center provides an opportune location from which to explore the United States capital city. When it’s time to go and see all of the great landmarks and attractions that Washington, DC has to offer, you and your colleagues won’t have to venture very far. Metrorail, the nation’s second-largest heavy rail system with six rail lines, nearly 120 miles of track and 91 stations, including one within the Convention Center, can get you connected to many points of interest throughout the capital city.
While the National Museum of Natural History is Washington, DC’s third top attraction with more than 7.1 million visitors each year, it will be first in the minds of AO, as it will serve as the site of the 2019 President’s Reception. Complimentary for all registered attendees, this annual landmark event will be a key opportunity to walk through Oceans Hall, Mammals Hall, Winston Gallery, and the National Gem Collection at the Museum, considered the most popular natural history museum in the world boasting the largest natural history collection. Read more here.
In terms of the number of visitors per year, the Museum of Natural History follows the National Air & Space Museum with 7.5 million. The Lincoln Memorial is the top attraction, seeing 7.9 million annual visitors. Other top attractions include the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans memorials, World War II, FDR, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Jefferson memorials. The National Museum of American History, Rock Creek Park, National Museum of African American History & Culture and the National Gallery of Art round out the list of top visited attractions.
Washington, DC has fun activities and attractions for every kind of visitor. As part of your 2019 Annual Meeting experience, be sure to plan your trip to the nation’s capital by checking out all the things to do, and places to eat via Destination DC.