Housing and Travel

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Registration

Hotel Information

NAFSA’s housing block for the 2019 Annual Conference is now open!

View the list of available hotels.

NAFSA makes every effort to keep conference expenses affordable, including negotiating the lowest available hotel room rates in the host city. When attendees reserve hotel accommodations within the NAFSA group block, you are not only helping to support the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, but future meetings as well. By booking your hotel accommodations within the NAFSA group block, you are ensuring a strong hotel pickup history and leverage for NAFSA to negotiate the best possible room rates for future conferences. When attendees book outside the group block, you put NAFSA at risk to meeting its contractual hotel obligations which can lead to financial penalties.

Traveling to Washington, D.C.

Airport Information

There are three major airports in the Washington, D.C. region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.

Traveling to D.C. from the Airport

The closest airport to D.C. is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Located just across the Potomac river in Virginia, the airport is accessible by its own metro stop (Yellow and Blue lines), and is a $15-$20 taxi into D.C.. Washington Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles outside of D.C. in suburban Virginia. The Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located about an hour away in Baltimore, Maryland. Detailed travel information from all three major airports into D.C. can be found on the Destination DC Guide to Washington, D.C. Area Airports website.


Washington, D.C. is a metropolitan city with ample public transportation options, however if you have chosen to drive you can find detailed driving directions to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (located in downtown D.C.) on the Events DC website.

Need a place to park? There are over 3000 parking spaces within a thee block radius of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. View a PDF parking map of the area.

Visit Destination DC's Where Can I Park in Washington, DC? for additional tips for driving and parking in D.C.

Train & Bus Information

D.C.'s Union Station (WAS) is served by METRO, Amtrak, MARC and VRE commuter railroads, and is the main bus terminal of Washington, D.C.. Visit the Union Station website for additional information about travelling through this historic and iconic transportation hub.

Traveling to Washington, D.C. from Abroad

If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident you may require a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the U.S. temporarily. To request a letter of invitation for NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, please submit your request.

Transportation Within Washington, D.C.

Public Transportation

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown D.C., right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Detailed directions to the convention center are available on the Events DC website.

D.C.'s metro system, WMATA, is one of the busiest public transportation systems in the country. Visit the Navigating Washington, D.C. with Metro website for metro maps, fares, and additional services information.

Looking for more ways to see the city? Check out Destination DC's Getting Around Washington DC for city maps, transit routes, and more.

Explore DC

Take a look at the neighborhoods, restaurants, and attractions that make Washington, D.C., so exciting.

Washington, DC Tourism

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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