ACOG Welcomes You to Washington, DC
Welcome to Washington, DC
Spouse and Guest Tours
WELCOME TO WASHINGTON DC
There is no better venue to welcome the world’s leading ob-gyns and women’s health care experts than the stately center of U.S. politics and history, Washington, DC. Make time during your busy day or before or after the Annual Meeting to enjoy this vibrant, “most powerful city in the world.”
Washington, DC is well known for all the free museums, monuments, and memorials to take advantage of. You’ll marvel at the spectacles that are the Smithsonian Institution, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorials, Reflecting Pool, National Mall, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, FDR Memorial, and more. The list of must-see attractions is just about endless.
But, did you known that Washington is also well known for world-class cuisine, shopping, and entertainment?
Washington, DC is home to virtually every type of ethnic food available. Ever tried Ethiopian food? Washington, DC is home to the world’s largest community of Ethiopian emigres, and you won’t find better tibs or kitfo anywhere else in this country. Or maybe you’d like to try great Burmese cuisine, or the inventive tapas creations of chef Jose Andres. Whatever your tastes, when you visit Washington, DC, make sure you bring your appetite.
In Washington, DC’s Georgetown neighborhood you can find designer shops of every variety, offering clothes, antiques, and much more. Or you can take a quick drive to the suburbs and visit some of the biggest and best-stocked malls in the country. The Tyson’s Corner Center alone, just outside of Washington in Northern Virginia, includes over 300 shops, with 120 more right across the road at the Tyson’s Galleria.
Washington DC supports a wide variety of scintillating entertainment ranging from formal theaters to casual nightclubs. At the iconic Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ford’s Theater, you can catch world-class performances in any of the fine arts including dance, opera, classical and popular music, plays, and musicals. If you want to let your hair down, Washington is home to plenty of quirky jazz clubs, hip-hop clubs, stand-up comedy venues, and dive bars. There is no end to the entertainment options available to you after the museums close.
For more information on the sites and scenes of Washington, DC, visit the official travel website
SPOUSE AND GUEST TOURS
ACOG is pleased to offer Spouse and Guest Tour packages. Make your plans now.
Whirl Around Washington – City Tour
Spend time learning the history and architecture of the capital city through a comprehensive tour of its incredible monuments, memorials and Federal buildings. As you travel the streets of Washington DC, you’ll know that you are in a place of overwhelming importance. Tall stately columns and wide graceful steps lead you to the headquarters of government and into the archives of history.
Mission Impossible – The International Spy Museum
Today we are off to a top secret DC location…International Spy Museum. We will gain access to the world’s largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display, over 600 pieces in all. Explore interactive exhibits about disguise, surveillance, threat analysis, and more. Discover the history of spying from biblical times to the present day. Your “Mission” will uncover the stories behind famous men and women considered above suspicion—and doubly effective as spies.
Art & Bloom – Hillwood Garden Estates
Visit the former twenty-five acre estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heir to the Post cereal fortune. In a quiet residential neighborhood, there is a collection that will take you back in time to the gilded age of 18th and 19th Century Imperial Russia. Her home, now known as Hillwood Museum and Gardens, contains magnificent French and Russian fine and decorative art as well as acres of lavish gardens.
Papers, Portraits, and Pop Culture – The Newseum
Vsit the world’s most interactive and Washington’s newest museum, Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the history of news. The seven-level Newseum features fourteen main exhibition galleries covering five centuries of news history with up to the second technology and hands on experiences.
Wonders of Washington – Art and Architecture
Discover Washington’s unique building heritage by visiting some of the city’s finest buildings. Start with a tour of the National Building Museum, the only institution in the US dedicated to American achievements in architecture, urban planning, construction, engineering and design. Visit exhibitions such as “The Pension Building,” created in 1881 to house the government agency that distributed pension checks to Civil War Veterans.
National Parks & Recreation – Shenandoah
Visit Shenandoah National Park including 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southern Appalachians. The park rises above the Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west. Two peaks, Stony Man and Hawksbill, exceed 4,000 feet. The range of elevation, slopes and aspects, rocks and soils, precipitation, and latitude create a mix of habitats. Tens of thousands of living creatures make their homes in the park, from black bear resting beneath rock overhangs, to tiny aquatic insects darting through cool mountain streams. The park’s many worlds are fascinating to explore.
Land of the Brave – Exploring Colonial Virginia
Visit George Washington’s “home away from home,” the stately Mt. Vernon, a beautiful Georgian townhouse with rust red roofs. Next, head to Old Town Alexandria, where in the early 1700’s, the prominent members of Virginia society were directly connected to the thriving tobacco industry, as both merchants and planters.
Camp ACOG welcomes infants from 6 months of age through teens of 15 years. A $20.00 non-refundable administrative fee guarantees your child’s place in Camp ACOG. The on-site activity center is offered for children ages 6 months - 5 years of age for $5.00 per hour per child. Off-site youth tours are offered to those ages 6 years and older for an additional $40.00 per child. Lunch is included for those enrolled on off-site tours.
LUNCH: Lunch is included for those enrolled on off-site tours. Lunch may be purchased in advance for the onsite activity center at an additional $15.00.
Camp ACOG is proud of its camper/ counselor ratio, so please be as specific as possible with regard to drop off and pick up times so that we can ensure our high-standard of staffing. Extended childcare is available for children in need of supervision before or after camp hours, so please indicate any additional time needed in the pre/post tour space.
Deadline for early registration is April 10, 2016. Space is limited, so please plan ahead! "Any registration form received after that date will be processed on a space-available basis, and will be charged an additional $5.00 per child/ per day for camp, and an additional $10.00 per child per tour. No-shows will not receive refunds.
PLEASE NOTE: If you register your child(ren) for a tour, we are assuming that you will need before the tour and after the tour care. Please DO NOT register for the on-site activity center AND the tour. Thanks!
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SATURDAY, MAY 14
Library of Congress
We begin the day with a trip to the Library of Congress. Did you know they house the largest collection of comic books as well as Maps? This structure is the largest library in the world filling almost 745 miles of shelves with books and other historical artifacts.
After lunch we continue with a visit to the Newseum. This 250,000 square foot building includes seven levels of displays, fifteen theatres, twelve major galleries, two broadcast studios and an interactive newsroom.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
Smithsonian National Zoo
Today, we will have a “roaring” good time at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. The Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park and was created in 1889! With more than 5,800 animals— mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates – it has spectacular exhibits that will entertain us for hours.
Today’s learning adventure will then take us to historic Baltimore, Maryland. The next stop is the spectacular National Aquarium where we will learn about the wonders that exist under the sea. Comprised of one of the largest and most sophisticated aquariums in the world, we will walk through an Atlantic Coral Reef, touch a sea anemone, and explore a South American rainforest.
MONDAY, MAY 16
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Today you’ll visit the world-famous Smithsonian National Museum of American History and see our Country’s Heritage come to life. You’ll have the chance to participate in the American History through hundreds of exciting exhibits and interactive displays.
TUESDAY, MAY 17
National Geographic Museum with Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Today we will begin with exploring the world and all that’s in it at the National Geographic Museum. From interactive experiences to stunning photography exhibitions featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists, this DC “must do” is sure to spark the imagination.
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