Monuments and memorials, unmatched museums, eclectic neighborhoods, - Washington, DC is a place unlike any other. This is a city you can walk across, with wide-open avenues, front porches, unique neighborhoods, and river views. Because buildings cannot by law be higher than the width of the street they front, you can always see the sky.
The best way to see most of Washington's monuments and museums is to stroll down the National Mall, a two-mile greenway crowned by the United States Capitol and lined with treasure all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way, you can visit the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, eight gardens, and many more museums and landmarks.
Touring the National Mall during the day is delightful, but for a truly magical experience, visit at dusk. That's when the lights come on, bathing the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, as well as the Washington Monument, in an otherworldly glow.
Beyond national treasures and historic buildings, DC's neighborhoods buzz with lively cafes and restaurants, rich culture, and music of all kinds. There's so much to love about each one of DC's communities. Get insider tips on discovering dozens of distinct neighborhoods.
Optometry's Meeting® will convene at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, conveniently located in the heart of downtown DC only one mile from the National Mall and with easy access to public transit. It is an extraordinary 2.3 million-square-foot conventions and meetings facility. Opened in 2003, the Convention Center has won awards for inspiring design and features state-of-the-art technology.
As the nation's capital, Washington, DC offers the ultimate American experience, especially in summer. The Official Visitors Guide will inspire you to start making plans now.