The 2009 Policy Summit will take place at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall and Conference Center, located at 37th and O Streets NW in Washington, DC.
Parking in the Leavey Parking Garage costs $25 per day. The parking garage is cash only and parking is limited. It is a 5 - 10 minute walk across campus to Gaston Hall.
Parking is also available in the O'Donovan Parking Garage at a cost of $15 per day. This garage can be accessed by entering the Georgetown campus at the Canal Road entrance near the Key Bridge (the entrance is next to the large rock reading "Hoya Saxa"). From there, follow the signs. It's a 5 - 10 minute walk north across the campus to Gaston Hall and the Conference Center from the garage.
The Washington, DC, area features several major international airports, all with a variety of ground transportation options to get you from the airport to Georgetown and the surrounding area.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
While there is no Metro train stop (DC's subway system) in the Georgetown neighborhood, there are a number of other public transportation options that can get you close to campus.
- Metro bus: DC's bus system is reliable and extensive (see a full system map). A full run-down of the system can be found at the WMATA website and they include a great trip planner feature on the main page. The G2 line runs straight to the front gates of campus, and the D6 line runs to the back of campus along Reservoir Road. The 31-32-36 lines run from downtown up along Wisconsin Avenue; a short walk west from Wisconsin and O Streets will lead to you the front gates of campus. Each trip, regardless of distance, is $1.35.
- Circulator bus: The Georgetown-Union station line of the Circulator system offers another means of getting from downtown up to Georgetown's campus. The line runs along Wisconsin Avenue and much like with the 30s Metro bus line, will get you within a short walk of campus. Circulator fares are always $1.00.
- Georgetown Metro Connection: The Georgetown BID runs a "blue bus" shuttle service from the Rosslyn and Dupont Metro train stations to campus. Each trip is $1.00.
- Metro train: See the WMATA website for full system details, but the closest Metro stops to campus are Rosslyn, VA; Foggy Bottom; and Dupont. From these stops, any combination of buses, taxis, or walking can get you to campus. Each Metro ride is between $1.35 and $2.35, depending on distance traveled.
- Taxis: DC's taxis run on a meter system, meaning the cost of the trip will vary depending on distance traveled.
For those of your arriving in DC by train, the circulator bus mentioned above runs between Georgetown and Union Station.
The Georgetown neighborhood is a beautiful and historic part of the city. Walking on foot is the best way to explore both Georgetown and all of Washington, DC, but be aware that the streets surrounding campus are hilly and the sidewalks made largely of cobblestones.
From Washington, DC:
- From Northwest Washington: take Wisconsin Ave. south to M Street, turn right. Continue through five stop lights. Stay in right lane and bear right into campus
- From Southeast Washington: take Pennsylvania Ave. West to Independence Ave. Bear left. Take Independence to 12th St., N.W., and turn right. Take 12th St. to K St. and turn left. Follow K St. to Whitehurst Freeway. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
- From Northeast Washington: take Rhode Island Ave. west until it feeds into M St. Take M St. through Georgetown and past the Key Bridge. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
- From I-270: take I-270 south toward Washington. Exit Rte. 355 Wisconsin Ave. south to M Street, turn right. Continue through five stop lights. Stay in right lane and bear right into campus
- From I-95: take I-95 south to I-495 west to Silver Spring. Exit Rte. 355 Wisconsin Ave. south to Washington. Take Wisconsin Ave. south to M Street, turn right. Continue through five stop lights. Stay in right lane and bear right into campus
- From Baltimore-Washington Parkway or Rte. 50 Westbound: take B-W Parkway or Rte. 50 west to New York Ave. Take New York Ave. to L St. Bear right. Turn left on 10th St. and then right on K St. Follow K St. to Whitehurst Freeway. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
From Northern Virginia:
- From I-66 (after 9:00 a.m.): take I-66 east to the Rosslyn - Key Bridge exit. Stay in left lane and follow signs to Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge, staying in second lane from left. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
- From I-395: take I-395 north. Exit Washington Blvd. and follow signs to Rosslyn and Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge, staying in second lane from left. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
- From Rte. 50 Eastbound: Follow Rte. 50 east and take Rosslyn - Key Bridge exit. Follow signs to Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge, staying in second lane from left. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
- From George Washington Parkway (after 9 a.m.): Take the G-W Parkway south. Exit Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge, staying in second lane from left. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus.
We recommend using the map linked below to get directions and get your bearings.
Getting There Special Edition: Sunday night Pho dinner
Restaurant name: NAM VIET
Address: 1127 N. Hudson Street, Arlington, VA
By Cab: 10-15 minute cab ride, depending on traffic
By Public Transport:
Step 1: Hop on a BID Bus. They're short, blue and say "Georgetown Metro Connection" on the side, and cost $1.
Step 2: Get off the bus at the Rosslyn metro station, and take the subway one stop south to Clarendon.
Step 2: Walk to Nam Viet. It's 2 blocks from Clarendon station (see map)
Note: The BID bus runs on a loop, so when you get on but before it leaves, ask the driver if the bus is headed toward Rosslyn to save yourself some time. If not, take a BID bus headed the opposite direction. For the directionally inclined, remember that Arlington is South of Georgetown's campus.
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