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Suggestions for transportation, restaurants, attractions, and conference hotels.

Hotel/Airport/DC Transportation Instructions

CONFERENCE LOCATION: The conference is being held at Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 4900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204.

Text ASGA at conference ONLY: 352-258-4604

IMPORTANT: Hotel/Airport/DC Transportation Instructions

Weather

In late 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

Airports

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 4 miles from the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, and has a Metro stop. The hotel has a free shuttle which will save you money on ground transportation to and from the hotel.

Another option is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Dulles is 27 miles from the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 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 37 miles away. Airfare costs are often cheaper at BWI, but you will either have to rent a car or use the Super Shuttle.

Train

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 take the Metro to the Pentagon City stop, then get a free shuttle to the conference hotel.

Metro/Taxi

Metro

The easiest, and cheapest, way to get from the airport to the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel is to take the free hotel shuttle!

You can take Washington’s convenient and safe Metro to get from the hotel to DC. There is a Metro bus stop right outside the hotel. This will take you to the Pentagon City Metro rail station. Then you can take the train into DC.

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.

Taxi/Shuttle

Remember, the official conference hotel has a free shuttle that will take you to and from the airport.

You can take a taxi from Reagan for about $15-$25 each way—cabs hold as many as four people. A taxi from Dulles will cost about $50-$60.

The Super Shuttle is available at the Baltimore airport (about $40 each way; $80 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.

Rental Car

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.

Parking

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 $12 ($18 discount for ASGA guests) per day to park at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel and perhaps more elsewhere and in public parking. Please note; the conference hotel has self-parking. In addition, if you’re driving a college van or bus, the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel CAN accommodate over-sized vehicles.

MONEY-SAVING TIP: Use the free hotel shuttle to take you to and from the airport and Pentagon City Metro stop.

Getting Around Town

If you stay at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, you will be at the conference location. You can take the Metro, taxi, or Uber to the U.S. Capitol in 15 minutes! It’s just minutes to the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, the Washington Monument. Once in DC, you can walk to everything! There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance.