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Washington, D.C., Awaits

After a successful Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) in Chicago, we are excited to help you explore the DDW 2018 host city: Washington, D.C.

From monuments and museums to eclectic neighborhoods with tons of local flavor, Washington, D.C., is a capital like no other. We’ve put together a list of top attractions for you to explore along with some quick facts about D.C. below:

Quick Facts

  • Nearly 2.0 million overseas visitors traveled to D.C. last year. Top countries of origin included: China, the UK, Germany, Australia, France, India, South Korea, Brazil, Italy and Japan.
  • 109,550 DC residents (17%) speak a language other than English at home.
  • There are three D.C.-area airports which service an average of 69 million passengers each year.
  • There are approximately 130 hotels with 31,348 hotel rooms located in Washington, D.C.
  • There are 2,233 restaurants located in Washington, D.C.
  • There are 45 performing arts/theatre venues with more than 27,000 total seats.
  • In 2016, DC hosted 1,027 conventions, meetings and tradeshows, including 57 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These meetings attracted nearly 1 million attendees.
  • D.C. is also home to 4 major sporting event venues with 185,000 total seats and 8 major professional teams including the Redskins, Wizards, Mystics, Nationals, D.C. United and Capitals.

Top Attractions

  1. Lincoln Memorial (7.9 million visitors)
  2. National Air & Space Museum (7.5 million visitors)
  3. National Museum of Natural History (7.1 million visitors)
  4. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (5.3 million visitors)
  5. World War II Memorial (4.9 million visitors)
  6. FDR Memorial (4.4 million visitors)
  7. Korean War Veterans Memorial (4.1 million visitors)
  8. National Museum of American History (3.8 million visitors)
  9. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (3.6 million visitors)
  10. Thomas Jefferson Memorial (3.4 million visitors)

As we countdown to DDW 2018 in June, be sure to keep checking the blog for all things Washington, D.C.


Facts provided by Destination DC.

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