Logistics for Washington 19-23 Oct 2015

General Information

The course days begin at 09:00 each day and please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand so that we can start promptly at 09:00 – a welcome breakfast, tea/coffee breaks and lunch will be provided each day. The recommended reading list and tutor profiles are attached and the full programme and course materials will be distributed on your arrival. It is essential that you bring a laptop and, if possible, a sample of the data you are interested in for interactive sessions.


Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

1325 2nd Street NE  Washington  District Of Columbia  20002  USA  Web:   http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasus-courtyard-washington-dc-us-capitol/

Courtyard Marriot Capitol      Washington Courtyard Marriot Map

Map and Directions

~ The Courtyard Washington does not provide an airport shuttle service ~

Area Airports

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – DCA

Hotel direction: 6.6 miles SW

  • Subway service, fee:  3 USD  (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: 15 USD  (one way)

Driving directions

Reagan National Airport – Take US-1 ramp right (north) toward I-395 N/Washington/I-66 West. Turn right onto US-1 North. Merge onto I-395 N toward Washington. Turn right onto New York Ave NW/US-50. Turn right onto Florida Ave NE. Turn right on 2nd Street NE.

Washington Dulles International Airport – IAD

Hotel direction: 29 miles W
Driving directions
Washington Dulles International Airport – Take Dulles Airport access road East toward Washington Take exit VA 267 East. Exit onto I-495 toward Baltimore/Bethesda MD. Take exit #43 onto George Washington Memorial Parkway /Washington. Take ramp onto I-395 N toward Washington. Turn right on New York Ave NW. Turn right on Florida Ave. Turn right on 2nd street NE

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport – BWI

Hotel direction: 30 miles N
Driving directions
Baltimore/Washington International Airport – Exit I-195 West. Exit #2B onto MD-295 South. Exit US – 50 West. Take a left on 1st Street NE. Take a left on N street NE. Drive around the bend.


  • Valet parking, fee: 38 USD daily
  • There will be a $45 charge plus tax for oversize vehicles

Other Transportation

Car Rentals

  • Hertz
    • 50 Massachusetts Ave. Washington, District of Columbia 20002
  • Avis
    • 1722 M St Northwest, Washington, District Of Columbia 20036
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    • 1029 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20005

Hotel Accommodation

In addition to the Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol there are a number of hotels close by at various price ranges – see sample below:

Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC/US Capitol

Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington DC

Liaison Capitol Hill DC

Local Area

Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington DC is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation’s capital. From its beginning, it has been embroiled in political manoeuvring, sectional conflicts and issues of race, national identity, compromise and, of course, power.

The choice of Washington’s site along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers resulted from a compromise between Alexander Hamilton and northern states who wanted the new federal government to assume Revolutionary War debts, and Thomas Jefferson and southern states who wanted the capital placed in a location friendly to slave-holding agricultural interests.

George Washington, the first president and namesake of the city, chose the site and appointed three commissioners to help prepare for the arrival of the new government in 1800. Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed the city as a bold new capital with sweeping boulevards and ceremonial spaces reminiscent of Paris in his native France. Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught African American mathematical genius, provided the astronomical calculations for surveying and laying out the city. The full development of Washington as a monumental city, however, did not come until a hundred years later when the McMillan Commission updated its plan to establish the National Mall and monuments that most visitors to Washington now know.

– See more at:


– Washington DC Tourist Information web site: http://washington.org/