Suggestions for transportation, restaurants, attractions, and conference hotels.
CONFERENCE LOCATION: The conference is being held at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
In October, the average day-time highs are 50-60 degrees and the average evening temperatures range from as low as 30-50 degrees. Meeting rooms may be cool due to air conditioning. We recommend you bring an umbrella, as showers can appear unexpectedly.
Airport and Amtrak
If it would take more than eight hours to drive to this conference, ASGA recommends that you fly.
If you choose to travel by air, ASGA recommends that you fly into Reagan National Airport (DCA). Reagan National is only 5 miles from the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, and is close to the Metro, which will save you money on ground transportation to and from the hotel.
Another option is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Dulles is 30 miles from the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, and it is accessible by Metro bus and the Metro. It takes longer to get from the airport to the hotel, however. Airfare costs are sometimes cheaper at IAD.
Another possibly cheaper option is Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), which is 34 miles away. Airfare costs are often cheaper at BWI, but you will either have to rent a car or use the Super Shuttle.
Amtrak is a convenient option for many East-Coast institutions. Union Station in downtown Washington is an Amtrak stop. Once at Union Station, you can walk five minutes to the conference hotel.
The cheapest way to get from the airport to the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is to take Washington’s convenient and safe Metro. The Metro is easily accessible at Reagan National Airport. Take the “Yellow” line to the China Town/Galleria Place stop. Then switch the “Red” line and ride that for two stops until you reach the Union Station stop. Then you’ll walk two blocks to the conference hotel. It will cost less than $5 per person to ride the Metro from the airport to the hotel.
ASGA recommends buying a Metro pass while you’re in Washington. You can use it to sight-see, go to restaurants, or lobby on Capitol Hill. Visit the Metro Web site to see prices for the passes.
The Metro operates until midnight on weekdays and until 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. You truly can get anywhere quickly and easily using D.C.’s Metro.
Peak SmarTrip® Fares (in effect weekdays from opening to 9:30 am and 3-7 pm and weekends midnight to closing)
- $2.25 minimum
- $6.00 maximum
Off-Peak SmarTrip® Fares (all other times)
- $2.00 minimum
- $3.85 maximum
For fares between stations, go to Metrorail station page and click on the station where you are starting your trip.
You can take a taxi from Reagan for about $25-$35 each way—cabs hold as many as four people. A taxi from Dulles will cost about $70-$80.
The Super Shuttle is available at the Baltimore airport (about $80 each way; $160 round-trip).
Uber and Lyft are potentially less expensive options.
A taxi, Uber, or Lyft ride from DCA or IAD might take less time to get from the airport to your hotel, but not much, and it will be much more expensive. ASGA recommends that you use the Metro while you’re in town.
Uber and Lyft
Both taxi-alternatives are convenient and easy to use. You’ll probably save money by using Uber or Lyft over a taxi.
ASGA has negotiated a discount with Dollar Rent a Car. In order to take advantage of the discounts and benefits, please utilize ASGA Corporate Discount Number: CM0138
All reservations may be made online. Enter the ASGA Corporate Discount number, or call 866-542-2303 ext.2 and use CD#CM0138.
If you’re driving to the conference, be aware that it’s difficult and expensive to park in the Washington, D.C. area. It will cost $47.60 ($15 discount for ASGA guests) per day to park at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and perhaps more elsewhere and in public parking. Please note; the conference hotel does not have self-parking (only valet parking). In addition, if you’re driving a college van or bus, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill cannot accommodate over-sized vehicles. Please contact the hotel for suggestions on nearby parking for over-sized vehicles.
MONEY-SAVING TIP: You may want to park outside of Washington, then take the Metro or Uber back to the hotel. That could save your money on parking!
Getting Around Town
If you stay at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, you will be at the conference location. You can walk to the U.S. Capitol in five minutes! It’s just minutes to the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, the Washington Monument. You can walk to everything! There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance.