APA 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference


Washington is home to world-class museums and many of America's most cherished monuments and memorials. Take them in while you're there.

Experience the Host City

The District: America's front yard

D.C. offers unique cultural diversity, pairing international influences with a distinct local identity.


Great Places

Washington is home to five APA-designated Great Places in America — the Adams Morgan and Eastern Market neighborhoods, U Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, and Union Station: Washington D.C.

Adams Morgan is a vibrant neighborhood in northwest D.C. known for historic rowhouses, lively nightlife, and cultural diversity.

In the Eastern Market neighborhood, Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 plan for Washington, D.C. — broad avenues, circles, parks, and public squares — still lives. Its tree-lined residential streets open into vibrant commercial districts, each with its own eclectic mix of tenants.

Learn more about U Street N.W., Pennsylvania Avenue, and Union Station: Washington D.C.

World-Class Museums

Washington's museums house many of the world's wonders. The museums that comprise the Smithsonian Institution are the city's crown jewels — and they're free!

Speaking of free, in partnership with the APA Foundation, the National Building Museum will waive the entry fee for APA members throughout September. Register for tickets ahead of your visit.

Looking for more? Check out this list of D.C.'s free museums.

Monuments and Memorials

The capital's most familiar landmarks include impressive monuments to Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.; and thoughtful memorials to veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. But altogether there are more than 160 monuments and memorials scattered throughout the District.

Here's a walking guide to nine of D.C.'s most-visited monuments and memorials.

Politics After Hours

Our elected officials and Hill staffers are always on the clock, but not always at the Capitol. If you head to one of these restaurants or bars, you might get to see them in action.