Explore DC

Explore DC

SightSeeing And Restaurant Recommendations

ASPET’s host hotel is located in the Crystal City/National Landing neighborhood of Arlington County, which is within eyesight of the nation’s capital across the Potomac River.

From a cultural, historical, artistic, and athletic vantage point, there is much to explore in Arlington, neighboring Alexandria, and downtown Washington, DC. Much of these sights are easily reached by the area’s Metro subway system.

See our recommendations below or explore the following websites:

ASPET Tours/Tickets

A limited number of tickets will be available to ASPET attendees to experience key tourist activities and events in the city in small groups. Several of the city’s attractions use free timed entry passes, which are not available to book until 30 days prior. Registered attendees will be informed if ASPET is able to secure passes. Available tickets will be on a first-come basis.

Sightseeing Recommendations

Recommended Activities Available on Your Own

Museums on the National Mall (3-4 miles from hotel)

Free. Metro-accessible. Typically open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily.

  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture (free timed-entry passes required)
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • United States Botanic Garden
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (free timed-entry passes required)
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • National Museum of Asian Art
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Air and Space Museum (free timed-entry passes required)

Monuments and Memorials on the National Mall (3-4 miles from hotel)

Free. Metro-accessible. Outdoor. Visit any time of day.

  • Historical Figures
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    • Albert Einstein Memorial
    • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Jefferson Memorial
    • Washington Monument
  • Wars
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    • Korean War Veterans Memorial
    • World War II Memorial

Only in DC Attractions (3-5 miles from hotel)

  • Planet Word (language arts museum)
  • International Spy Museum
  • United States Capitol
  • National Archives
  • Library of Congress
  • White House
  • National Building Museum
  • National Postal Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Ford’s Theater
  • Artechouse DC

In Arlington (1-3 miles from hotel)

  • Pentagon 9/11 Memorial (outdoor / free / metro-accessible)
  • Air Force Memorial
  • Marine Corps War Memorial / Iwo Jima
  • Arlington National Cemetery / Tomb of Unknown Soldier
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum
  • Gravelly Point (unparalleled viewing of airplane landings / view of DC)
  • Pentagon City Mall
  • Gallery Underground (art)
  • Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center
  • Bowlero Arlington (bowling)

In Alexandria (4-5 miles from hotel)

  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center
  • Stroll King Street (centuries-old architecture)
  • Bike Mount Vernon Trail (18 miles to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate)
  • Spite House (skinniest historic house in US)
Important Dates



Online VIP award lectures and division town halls



ASPET Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA



ADDC/ASPET Colloquium