This year, the Alliance for Peacebuilding to be working with the Embassy Row Hotel, located at 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, to provide discounted hotel rates. All rooms for the bloc have been booked at this time. We encourage conference attendees to search for other accommodations through DC. The city has numerous budget options, such as youth hostels and airbnbs.

For additional questions about accommodations during PeaceCon 2018, contact Adam Wolf, at

Area Maps


Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service for more than 600,000 customers a day throughout the Washington, DC area. The Metrorail system has six color-coded rail lines: Red, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, and Green. The layout of the system makes it possible to travel between any two stations with no more than a single transfer.

The Metrorail station closest to the United States Institute of Peace is Foggy Bottom-GWU on the Orange, Silver, and Blue Lines. The Metrorail station closest to FHI 360 is Dupont Circle on the Red Line.

For more information about using the Metrorail system, visit the WMATA website here.

Washington, DC offers a fleet of taxicabs that are convenient for short trips between destinations within the city. Taxi Transportation Service is available online as well as on smartphones. Taxi Transportation Service offers competitive fares as well as a fare calculator that will estimate your trip and explain the breakdown of charges.

For more information about Taxi Transportation Service, click here

Uber and Lyft are popular alternatives to taxicabs. Transportation is available at the click of a button. To use Uber or Lyft, download the ridesharing application to your mobile devide.


Please note that public parking is not available at the USIP site. However, there are several public parking garages near USIP.

PMI Parking: 2400 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, C 20037
1 Hour Rate: $12.00, 2 Hours $17.00, Daily Max: $25.00
Operating Hours: 24/7

Watergate Garage (Landmark Parking): 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037
1 Hour Rate: $11.00, Daily Max: $21.00
Operating Hours: Sunday-Monday 6:00am-12:00am

The Universal Buildings, where FHI 360 is located, have two on-site parking garages. The Universal North garage is accessible from T Street, and the Universal South garage is accessible from Florida Avenue.

Universal North Garage: 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
1 Hour Rate: $11.00, Daily Max: $21.00
Operating Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7:00am-7:00pm, Thursday-Sunday open 24 hours

Universal South Garage: 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009
1 Hour Rate: $11.00, Daily Max: $21.00
Operating Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 6:00am-12:00am, Thursday-Monday open 24 hours

Sights and Activities

The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.

For more information about visiting the U.S. Capitol Building, click here.

A trip to Washington, DC wouldn’t be complete without a walking tour of the national monuments. Visit the two mile strip stretching from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Monument to see some of DC’s most iconic landmarks.

For more information about visiting the National Mall, click here

The Smithsonian offers eleven museums and galleries on the National Mall and six other museums in the greater National Capital Area, including the Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum

For more information about visiting the Smithsonian Museums, click here.

Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is currently home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species.

For more information about visiting the National Zoo, click here.

Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth’s fragile ecosystems. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.

For more information about visiting the Botanic Garden, click here.


The Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle areas of Washington, DC have a vibrant array of affordable dining options from quick, takeout counters to sit-down restaurants. The restaurants listed below are only a few of the many options available to conference participants.

Please note, lunch is provided on all three days of the conference


Oyamel combines Mexico’s rich regional diversity with the modern urban atmosphere of Mexico City. The liveliness of the dining room is matched by the creativity of the menu and cocktail list, featuring antojitos—Mexican small plates—ceviches and tacos, plus unique margaritas, and an impressive array of wines and tequilas.

Visit Oyamel’s website here for menu and operating hours.

Sophisticated restaurant & lounge serving modern Indian food, including the popular crispy spinach.

Visit Rasika’s website here for menu and operating hours.

An Italian-influenced American restaurant located in the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC. Proprietors and long-time friends Michael Friedman, Michael O’Malley, and Sebastian Zutant have introduced a youthful sophistication to the rapidly evolving dining scene in one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the nation’s capital.

Visit Red Hen’s website here for menu and operating hours.

Hill Country honors the barbecue and live music capital of Texas and takes its “cue” from the legendary meat-markets-turned- barbecue-joints of Central Texas with their distinctive, dry-rub style.

Visit Hill Country’s website here for menu and operating hours.