Washington DC Design Travel Guide #HOWidc

The East Coast edition of the HOW Interactive Design Conference is in the heart of the nation’s capital. If you’re joining us for this web design conference in Washington, DC, Sept. 27-29, I hope you’ll make a little time to see the city! We’ve created this design travel guide for Washington, DC, with notable restaurants, nearby watering holes, essential museums, shopping and more fun stuff.

PS: The early bird deadline for registration is Aug. 15, so don’t wait to get your ticket! The conference totally sold out last year.

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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Your home base for the conference is conveniently located in the heart of Washington, DC, between the Capitol and Union Station. Click here to book your hotel room, or call (800) 211-7496. The closest Metro stop to the conference hotel is Union Station, which is on the Red line. Many Amtrak lines come into Union Station as well. A taxi to the hotel from Ronald Reagan National Airport takes 10-20 minutes and costs $14-18; a taxi from Dulles International Airport takes about an hour and costs $60-80.


If a restaurant feels a little too formal, track down a food truck with this truck tracker. DC has a very lively street food scene.




The number of museums, memorials and activities around DC is staggering. If you get a chance to sneak away for an afternoon, check out one of these top picks:


  • Lewis Black Live
    This legendary comedian has shows at the Warner Theater every night of HOWidc! Tickets start at $49.50.
    513 13th St. NW
  • Opera in the Outfield
    Head down to Nationals Park to watch a free simulcast of the Washington National Opera performing Don Giovanni.
    1500 South Capitol St. SE
  • Truckeroo
    This monthly food truck festival will be happening the weekend of the conference on Friday, Sept. 28! Hop on the Green Line to the Navy Yard stop to take part in this epic food fest.
    M Street SE at Half Street SE

Anything else you’d add?

One thought on “Washington DC Design Travel Guide #HOWidc

  1. MeaganLilly

    The National Gallery of Art and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are two great museums missing from the list. The Holocaust Museum has an award-winning exhibition on propaganda, and the design of the building is phenomenal. I’ve also heard good things about the National Museum of Women in the Arts.