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Tips from Jim Bowles, HRPS Fall Forum Chairperson
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As we were looking for the ideal location for the 2011 HRPS Fall Forum, part of our thinking was to ensure that the host hotel provided our participants with value, quality and convenience. Recognizing that having the meeting in our nation’s capital might afford participants a unique opportunity to get some R&R, I thought it would be a good idea to see first-hand how our chosen location might help you make this trip a memorable one.

Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most from your trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2011 HRPS Fall Forum:

Hot Tip #1
The Westin Arlington Gateway is perfectly situated for side trips to D.C. and is only a 3-minute walk to the Ballston Metro on the Orange Line.

Hot Tip #2
The Metro Orange line gets you quickly to touring hot spots such as the Washington Monument, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. For more information about utilizing the Metro and purchasing fares, click here.

Hot Tip #3
New renovations to the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol are worth checking out. Make a reservation online for the tour and you will not have to contend with long lines!

Hot Tip #4
While in the neighborhood check out the Library of Congress. Amazing renovation there, too and be sure to take the free tour.                                       

Hot Tip #5
If you still have time, you can walk into the office buildings and down the halls of congressional office buildings by just providing an ID. Stop in to see your representative while in town.
Hot Tip #6
If you arrive Saturday, October 22, consider an evening tour via one of the tour bus lines. These tours depart from Union Station – a short walk from the Capitol – and offer a striking alternative to the daylight perspective of some of the more popular monuments in the city.

Hot Tip #7
Consolidating your plans around one of three touring areas might make sense if you only have a half day to enjoy the sights. You can focus on the monuments and White House at one end of the National Mall, the museums and Smithsonian in the middle, or you can go the Capitol route described earlier. There are Metro stops aligned with each of these areas; just check the Metro map.

Hot Tip #8
If you want free museums, those that are part of National Park Service and Smithsonian are the ones to see. There are other quality museums in the area that are worth seeing but do charge a fee, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The International Spy Museum and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to name a few.

While the real attraction of this event is the program we have constructed for you, if you have the time, seeing D.C. is a great added benefit. For more information, visit the official tourism site of Washington, D.C. at

I look forward to seeing you at the Fall Forum next month. Be sure to register today to reserve your spot.

Jim Bowles
2011 HRPS Fall Forum Chairperson

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