The O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference, held in Washington, D.C., provides a unique opportunity for all conference speakers and attendees to tour our Nation's capital.
Another way to save is to share a room with someone else going to the conference. We have set up an online Room Sharing Forum so you can conveniently locate anyone interested in sharing a room at The Westin Grand or other hotel.
Looking for an economical and convenient way to get around the city? Take the "Metrorail", Washington's subway system, to shopping centers, theatres and other points of interest.
Prefer to travel by city bus? Washington's clean and friendly "Metrobus" is a fun way to travel the town. All Metrobus stops are easily identified by red, white and blue flags.
Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority online for more Metrorail and Metrobus information, such as fares, hours of operations, routes and maps, and information on how to request a Metrobus equipped with a wheelchair lift.
Take a day to enjoy the rich colors indicative of fall weather and visit a few of our Nation's treasures. The National Mall, known for its beautiful landscaping and stately elm trees, is also home to several memorials including:
The National Mall is also home to the Smithsonian Institution which houses nine different research centers and over fourteen various museums. Admission to all Smithsonian museums is free.
Adjacent to the National Mall, the Holocaust Memorial Museum tells the story of the Holocaust through an extraordinary collection of artifacts, films, videos, photos, and oral histories. Admission to the Holocaust museum is also free of charge.
Having difficulty knowing where to begin your sightseeing adventures? Five blocks east of The Westin Grand, at the Charles Summer School (red building), you can hop aboard the Old Town Trolley and experience a narrated tour of national attractions in comfort and style. See the White House, the National Cathedral, Union Station and the Library of Congress. Take a tour at night to see the Nation's Capital in all of its illuminated glory.
If you are interested in seeing where and how your American currency is printed, you won't want to miss taking a public tour of the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. Visit the BEP's website for information on hours of operation and directions on how to purchase tour tickets.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens was home to George Washington for over 45 years. During your visit to the area, plan to take a once in a lifetime tour of the Estate.
Located on Judiciary Square, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is America's only national monument honoring our country's law enforcement heroes. Inscribed on the Memorial's blue-gray marble walls are the names of more than 14,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty, dating back to the first known death in 1794.
The Westin Grand features two restaurants; the M Street Grill serving traditional favorites for breakfast and lunch, and the Cafe on M - an ideal location for business lunches or elegant dinners. Many restaurants are also located within walking distance of the hotel. Consult with the hotel Concierge for an area map and restaurant recommendations.
To search for a restaurant out on the town, visit the "Where to Eat" section of the Washington Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
Looking to add some spice to your dinner plans? Kick up your heels and enjoy dancing and a gourmet dinner on the Dandy Dinner Boat.