Things to Do and Post-conference Tours

Please note that “things to do” and post-conference tours are not included in the conference registration fee.

Things to Do

Washington is a very vibrant city with plenty of opportunities for enjoyment.

For things to do, we suggest exploring:

Post-conference Tours – Tuesday, September 22

To register for a tour, please email with “post-conference tour” in the subject line. We will forward registrations to the point person for each tour to facilitate arrangements. Please note that you will be responsible for meals and transportation.

Tour 1: Very Important Person excursion of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is the home of the first President of the United States, and is located 15 miles south of Washington DC. The historic estate includes not only the original 18th century Mansion, but a host of colonial-era buildings, beautiful gardens, the Washington tomb, and our museum and education center. French and Spanish Interpretation are available with advance notice. More information:

Program will begin at 11:00.

Transportation arrangements to be made on your own; how to get to Mount Vernon via public transportation:

  1. Take the Metro’s Yellow Line to the Huntington station (the very last stop in that direction).
  2. Catch a public bus, the Fairfax Connector 101, from outside the Metro station’s North/Huntington Avenue exit. The bus runs approximately every 30 minutes on weekdays, and takes approximately 25-30 minutes to reach Mount Vernon’s front gates. For a fairly small group, it will be no problem to catch the bus.

Tour 2: Special tour of the U.S. Capitol and of the Library of Congress

The tour will include:

  1. Visit the Brumidi Corridors of Senate wing of the Capitol (about 45 minutes):
  2. Round-table discussion with the US Capitol Visitor Center’s Education and Exhibitions Division staff about educational programs and accessibility at the U.S. Capitol. Led by Carol Beebe, Director of Exhibitions and Education (about 45 minutes).
  3. Special tour of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building (, including the wonderful frescoes and the main reading room at 1:00 pm.

Meet at 10:00 am at the special tour area of the Information Desk on the lower level of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

For directions:

For a list of prohibited items: