By John Martinez, Host Committee Member
The Host Committee is looking forward to welcoming you to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA)! We have a robust program and schedule of events planned for you, but we also hope you will take advantage of exploring Washington, DC while you are at the conference. We’ll have more here in the coming weeks about the neighborhoods, heritage, history and sights to see in the nation’s capital. To start off, we wanted to remind you of your transportion options when coming to Washington. Whether by land or air, you have a number of choices. If you come by water … you’re on your own (but let us know how you did it!)
This year’s annual conference will again be at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, located at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. The Woodley Park Metro stop, less than 500 feet from the Marriott Wardman, is on the Red line.
Traveling by airplane
Washington, DC is served by one national and two international airports:
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Just a few miles south of downtown, this airport is the closest to Washington and is probably the most convenient of the area airports for visitors. Getting to the conference hotel is easy via the airport’s Metrorail station. If your flight makes its approach from the north, you may be treated to “The River Visual” as your plane follows the Potomac River, giving spectacular views of monuments, bridges, and iconic buildings before landing.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – Dulles lies about 25 miles from Washington, DC. While not the closest to the city, it can be a more direct flight from some locations. There is no Metrorail station in the airport, but the Silver Line Express Bus from the airport takes you directly to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. If you prefer, there is also taxi service via the Washington Flyer Taxi Service to and from Washington.
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – Whether by train, bus, or automobile, it will take about 45 minutes to an hour to get from BWI to the Washington area. Like Dulles, BWI is not as close to Washington, but it can be a more direct flight from some locations. Once you have arrived at BWI, you do have a number of options to get into Washington:
- Rail – the MARC commuter train runs from BWI airport to Union Station in Washington on the Penn Line during the week, with limited service on the weekend. Amtrak also has service that runs from BWI to Union Station. Both services leave from the BWI Rail Station, which is a short ride from the airport on the free shuttle service.
- Bus – Metro operates the Greenbelt-BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Express Line (B30) between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro station. Keep in mind, however, that this service only runs from Monday-Friday and not on weekends.
- Automobile – taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area, and ride services such as Lyft and Uber pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal curbs on the departures level between doors 9 and 11.
Traveling by bus
In addition to major bus lines such as Greyhound and Peter Pan, several smaller bus services arrive at and depart from the bus terminal at Union Station. The bus terminal is one level above the top level for the train station. Once at Union Station, you can easily board Metrorail and make your way to the conference hotel.
Greyhound – The largest bus service in North America, Greyhound has the broadest network of routes to Washington. Prices vary depending on where you are coming from and how far in advance you buy your tickets.
Peter Pan – Peter Pan operates in the northeastern United States, with routes from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
BoltBus – Bolt Bus is owned by Greyhound, and it operates routes from New York City and Newark to Washington. While there are a number of departure points from the New York City area, all Bolt buses to Washington drop you off at Union Station.
Megabus – You can take Megabus to Washington from a number of departure points along the east coast of the United States, as well as from Toronto, Ontario. Depending on how far in advance you buy tickets (and your departure and arrival points), you can get a very good deal. The bus stops for Megabus are located at Union Station.
BestBus – Another option between New York City and Washington, with stops in Delaware and Maryland, is BestBus (formerly DC2NY). BestBus drops passengers off and picks them up on the corner of 20th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW in Dupont Circle. From there you can take the Metro to the conference hotel from the nearby Dupont Circle stop, or you can walk the 1.2 miles to the conference hotel by going northwest on Connecticut Avenue until you reach the Marriott Wardman Park.
Traveling by rail
There are three major railway services that serve Washington, D.C. all of which terminate at – you guessed it – Union Station.
Amtrak – Amtrak runs regular service along its Northeast corridor route, from Boston to Washington on the Northeast Regional, or on the faster (and more expensive) Acela Express, and further south along the Atlantic coast on the Silver Service. Taking Amtrak from other regions can take much longer and involve making multiple connections and train changes along the way. Amtrak trains are also equipped with WiFi, food carts, bathrooms, and luggage storage. Much like airline tickets, Amtrak prices change based on the time of travel and how far out you book travel.
MARC – The Maryland Rail Commuter Service, serves Maryland, West Virginia, and D.C. Tickets are relatively inexpensive. Service run frequently during rush hours, and slows down in off-hours. All MARC lines including Penn, Camden, and Brunswick terminate at Union Station in Washington. All three lines run Monday-Friday, but only the Penn Line runs (on a limited timetable) on the weekend.
VRE – The Virginia Railway Express serves Northern Virginia and D.C. Tickets are moderately priced. Service is only Monday-Friday, and runs frequently in the morning, but drops off considerably in the evening. Unless you are traveling from select towns in Northern Virginia, this is not the best option.
Traveling by car
From NORTH (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore): Once you get into the D.C. metro area, stay on 95 S to Exit 27: 495 W toward Silver Spring. Next, take Exit 33: MD/185 Connecticut Ave. toward Kensington/Chevy Chase. From here, head to Woodley Road NW. The hotel will be located on the left.
From SOUTH (Richmond, Raleigh, Atlanta): Once you get into the D.C. metro area, stay on 95 N. Continue on 395 N/Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway. Take Exit 8B: Virginia 27/Washington Blvd. toward Rosslyn. Continue on S. Washington Blvd. Take the Arlington Memorial Bridge, 23rd Street NW, 22nd Street NW, and Connecticut Ave. NW to Woodley Road NW. The hotel will be located on the left.
From WEST (Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh): Once you get into the D.C. metro area, stay on 270 S to 495 E/College Park/Silver Spring and merge onto 495 E. Take MD/185 Connecticut Ave. toward Chevy Chase/Kensington. Merge onto MD/185 Connecticut Ave. Take Woodley Road NW. The hotel will be located on the left.
- Don’t forget, traffic is very heavy during rush hours, so think about planning your arrival and departure during off-peak hours.
- Consult your favorite map site for traffic reports.
- The hotel offers parking on-site. The rates can be found on the hotel’s website. The area near the hotel is residential, requiring permits for mid-long term parking. Enforcement in the city is taken seriously, so be careful where you decide to park your car!