2017 IECEx World Symposium: A Capital Idea | September 27, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

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Welcome to the U.S. Capital

This year, the annual IECEx meetings will be held at the historic Capital Hilton Hotel, located in the heart of the federal district of Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States. The hotel has played host to a wealth of prominent individuals and gatherings and is located just blocks from the capital’s most popular attractions, including the White House and the National Mall.

One of the best features of the federal district is its walkability, allowing visitors to explore art galleries, world-class museums, a vibrant performing arts scene, and so much more. Many of the city’s best attractions are free and within walking distance of the hotel or a short Metro ride. The surrounding area, encompassing parts of Maryland and Virginia, also offers attractions such as wineries, Civil War history, parks and trails, and fantastic shopping and dining.

The meeting venue is located just blocks from the capital’s best attractions, including…

  • White House: Residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
  • U.S. Capital Building: Home of the US. Congress (legislative branch of the U.S. federal government) and one of the most spectacular buildings in Washington, D.C.
  • Washington Monument: Commemorates George Washington (commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and first U.S. president) and is both the world’s tallest stone structure and tallest obelisk.
  • Lincoln Memorial: Honors Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States), located in the National Mall across from the Washington Monument.
  • Tidal Basin: Located between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel, and serves as a backdrop for the Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Comprising two 246 feet 9 inches (75.21 m) long polished black granite walls bearing the names of those classified as killed or missing in action during the War.
  • Smithsonian Museums: 11 of the 19 Smithsonian Museums are located on the National Mall, including the National Air and Space, Natural History, and American History Museums.  Admission is free.
  • National Archives Building: On public display are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, along with an original version of the 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I.
  • Washington National Cathedral: Sixth-largest cathedral in the world and the second-largest in the United States, modeled on late 14th century English Gothic style, surrounded by gardens.

In addition, the Northern Virginia area has a large number of wineries surrounded by Civil War history.  The parks in Virginia offer endless opportunities to enjoy recreational activities.  And, on the Maryland side of the Washington metropolitan area, explore the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment district with its fantastic shopping and more than 200 restaurants, or discover the charm of Frederick which is known for its history, architecture and antique shops.

We hope you enjoy both our meetings, and the beauty and history of the city!

For more information on the area and suggestions for things to do, visit washington.org.

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