If the last time you visited Washington, DC was on an eighth grade class trip, we welcome you to rediscover the city. DC was one of the first planned cities of the United States—Pierre L’Enfant worked with George Washington to create the ten mile square district and fashion its broad, great avenues (including the National Mall) and circular parks that punctuate the intersecting avenues, such as Dupont Circle. Easily navigable by Metro, bus, and bike, the city plays host to scores of museums, archives, cultural institutions, and a dozen universities. The Chocolate City, as it was famously dubbed in a 1975 Parliament album, also offers a rich residential heritage—historic neighborhoods of Victorian and Federal row houses include the U Street Corridor, once the largest African American neighborhood in the country and home to Duke Ellington and “Black Broadway”; Georgetown, a cobblestone canal settlement whose residents now number senators and past presidents; and the Atlas District, an ever-changing resurgent arts and culture district and restaurant hub. Washington, DC is the civic heart of the nation, but it’s also a living museum, home to the complexities and tensions between public and private, new and old, and art and politics.

The ARLIS/NA 2014 Conference Hotel, the Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001) is conveniently located on Washington, DC’s Metrorail system, as are many museums, restaurants, and other attractions. We encourage conference participants to take advantage of Washington’s safe, clean, and easy-to-use public transit system!

Other transportation options include taxis, and bike sharing with Capital Bikeshare. Remember, DC is also a very walkable city.

The Grand Hyatt is located directly above the Metro station stop Metro Center – a hub located on the Blue, Orange, and Red rail lines. A printable station map (PDF) is available for the Metrorail system, "The Metro"

Metro Pocket Guide

The Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) also provides a useful Trip Planner.

Metro Trip Planner

Metro provides several pass and farecard options, including SmarTrip®, a permanent, rechargeable Metro card. The initial cost of the SmarTrip is $2, but saves you a dollar for each ride. There are various farecard options, including seven day passes, available online.

Metro Pass and Farecard Options

You may find more information on using the Metro on their website.


There is also information on the Metro’s accessibility.

Metrorail Accessibility Features

For more information on buses, visit WMATA’s website, and the DC Circulator website. The Grand Hyatt Hotel is close to several bus lines.