Hotel & Travel
2014 National Forum on Character Education

We know there’s a lot to manage when traveling. Read on for information about the conference hotel, travel, and exploring D.C.

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Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 1-202-898-9000
Group rate: $175
Map and Directions


The centrally-located Renaissance Hotel is situated between Capitol Hill and the White House, putting you just a few blocks from the Verizon Center, the Spy Museum, Chinatown, National Portrait Gallery and the world-famous National Mall monuments. You’ll be just a 15 minute walk away from the White House and a 20 minute walk away from the Smithsonian museums.  Reserve a room now >>

Travel Information

Traveling by Air: 
Washington, D.C. is accessible via three airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

United Airlines has extended a 3-10% discount offer to our attendees again this year. Please use code ZRM3111142 when booking on their website.

Amtrak and Commuter Trains:

Union Station is home to Amtrak and multiple commuter rail services, and is just a short ride on the Metro Rail system to the hotel.

Metro Rail:
Washington, D.C. has an extensive Metro system. The conference hotel is closest to the Gallery Place – Chinatown and Metro Center metro stops.

Automobile Rental:
If you are only attending the Forum, you may not need a rental car at all to attend the conference. If you decide to explore the area further, Hertz has offered us a discount code. Please enter the code 01X40039 on their website.

The Renaissance hotel has a large on-site parking facility. On-site parking costs $33/day plus tax; valet parking costs $40/day plus tax. In/out privileges included in daily fee. No vans allowed in the garage.


Explore Washington, D.C.
Washington MonumentCome early, stay late! Discover (or rediscover!) D.C.’s inspiring museums, powerful monuments and memorials, diverse neighborhoods, and more. The city is full of free attractions and festive events, making D.C. a favorite destination for travelers from around the country and the world.

While you’re here, explore the city’s famous restaurant scene. D.C. has been called “one of the most exciting restaurant cities on the East Coast” by Travel + Leisure. There are more than 100 restaurants located in downtown Washington, D.C. alone, not including fast food, delis, and take-out.
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Information for International Attendees
Washington, D.C. offers direct flight connections to more than 30 international destinations, so you shouldn’t have trouble getting to or from the Forum. Here is some useful information to help you feel at home while you’re here.


Many embassies offer guided tours with prior notification, and they’re an essential starting place for any international visitors who wish to tour the White House during their visit. Go to to find contact information for each of the more than 150 embassies in DC.

White House & Capitol Tours

Non-US citizens must contact their embassies in DC to inquire about White House tours. Contact information for embassies is available at International visitors may join public tours of the Capitol; tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Multilingual Services

The White House Visitors Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon and other attractions offer brochures in several languages. The Smithsonian Institution provides multilingual information at the visitors center in the Castle Building.

Complimentary foreign language tours are available by appointment at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Visit for more information.

The Kennedy Center offers free tours on request in Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Tour scripts are available in 11 languages for self-guided tours. Visit for more information.

The Meridian International Center offers multilingual services at its information desk at Dulles International Airport, and staffs a telephone language bank. For details, call Meridian International Center at 202-667-6800 or visit


Tipping is voluntary; gratuities are not automatically added to the bill except in some cases for large groups. Tipping guidelines: servers – 15%, for outstanding service – 20%; taxi drivers – 15%; doormen, skycaps and porters – $1 per bag.


The electricity used in Washington, DC is standard electricity, 110 volts. Appliances brought from Europe, Africa and most of Asia and Latin America will require a voltage transformer.

Passport & Visa Requirements

All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable. International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. For more information visit


You must complete customs and immigrations formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S.