Welcome IPW 2017 Attendees!

Dear IPW 2017 Attendees:

Welcome to DowntownDC!

The IPW 2017 conference is located in the heart of the District in DowntownDC. Here, you have access to some of the city's best restaurants, entertainment, cultural attractions, shopping and more and our central location and variety of transportation systems makes exploring the city even easier when you start your trip Downtown.

  • Fancy Animal Carnival

As you make your way around DowntownDC, you may notice our Fancy Animal Carnival! (see pictures above). These five larger than life animal sculptures were created by Taiwanese contemporary artist Hung Yi and installed in DowntownDC to delight and entertain people. You can find one at Herald Square (13th & New York Avenue NW), one in Chinatown Park (5th & Massachusetts Avenue NW) and three at CityCenterDC (825 10th Street NW). Share your photos with the hashtag #fancyanimalcarnival!

  • DowntownDC Summer Flicks and Shaolin Jazz Present: Can I Kick It?

On the night of Tuesday, June 6, join the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) for DowntownDC Summer Flicks Presents: Can I Kick It? a free, outdoor movie screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon overlooking historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Head just south of convention headquarters to Freedom Plaza (13th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW) at sunset or head early to Boss Shepherd's (13th & E streets NW) for Can I Kick It? happy hour food and drink specials.

  • Online Resources

Looking for great restaurants, museums, entertainment venues or shopping? Check out our DowntownDC Interactive Map for the most up-to-date and comprehensive looks at the best things DowntownDC has to offer: http://www.downtowndc.org/go.

  • DowntownDC Ambassadors

Have a question? Find one of our red-and-black uniformed ambassadors who keep the streets of DowntownDC clean, safe and friendly 362 days a year. They can offer recommendations, wayfinding, provide you with a free DowntownDC visitor map and more.

  • DowntownDC Itineraries

Want some ideas on how best to explore DowntownDC in the span of 1 to 2-hours? Check out the DowntownDC itineraries below from DestinationDC or head to their website for more curated ideas.

Itinerary 1 |  Itinerary 2Itinerary 3 | Itinerary 4

Itinerary 1

2 hours …

Stop One

Dine alfresco at Café Du Parc at the iconic Willard Hotel

1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Named one of the best al fresco a truly authentic brasserie experience where traditional French food fuses with a modern, casual atmosphere in the heart of the nation’s capital. Cafe du Parc has a one-of-a-kind menu enhanced by the use of locally sourced items. Request to be seated on the patio to enjoy a meal outdoors full of people watching and grand views.


Stop Two

Pose for a pic on Freedom Plaza

14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Freedom Plaza is situated between the White House and U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue, known as “America’s Main Street.” This open plaza remains a popular space for political protests and civic events in Washington DC. Built in 1980, the Western Plaza was renamed Freedom Plaza in 1988 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. who had developed his "I have a dream speech" within close proximity to this space. Today, you can snap a pic in Freedom Plaza with the US Capitol and “America’s Main Street” as your backdrop.


Stop Three

See stars at the Warner Theatre

513 13th Street NW

Take a stroll along the Warner Walk of Fame and check out the sidewalk star signatures along 13th Street. This historic theatre was the site of Frank Sinatra’s last DC performance, and a 1978 secret Rolling Stones show. Take a photo with stars and cement signatures for BB King, Johnny Cash, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Prince and more.


Stop Four

Cocktail and Oysters at Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th Street NW

A DC tradition since 1856, Old Ebbitt is just steps from the White House. Enjoy a variety of oysters at Washington’s oldest saloon. Old Ebbitt Grill is a mainstay for classic recipes using locally sourced meat, poultry and seafood direct from its native region and is known for their oysters. Menus are created around these fresh, natural ingredients, showcasing their flavors and textures. Oysters are in season every day with an Oyster Happy Hour seven days a week from 3pm-6pm and 11pm to closing. 


Stop Five

White House photo

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

As you exit Old Ebbit, jump across the street to the Treasury Building, and beyond that, to the White House. Snap a pic from the fence and enjoy the people-watching.

Itinerary #2

2 hours…


Stop One

Enjoy authentic Louisiana cuisine at Acadiana

901 New York Avenue NW

A contemporary Louisiana fish house, Acadiana is the only restaurant in the nation's capital to serve Louisiana cuisine at a heightened level of elegance. Enjoy rich and complex flavors spanning southern Louisiana with contemporary décor that captures the atmosphere of warm breezes and mysterious swamps.


Stop Two

Explore remarkable artistry at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)

1250 New York Avenue NW

See world-class exhibitions of women artists. Spanning more than 4,500 works, the museum’s wide-ranging collection provides a comprehensive survey of art by women from the 16th century to the present, with new acquisitions added regularly. NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.


Stop Three

Window Shop at CityCenterDC

Palmer Alley between 9th and 10th Streets NW

Check out the destination where Washington’s most stylish go to shop. Experience more than 30 fabulous luxury stores including many of the world’s most fashionable brands such as Hermes, Dior, Caroline Herrera and more.


Stop Four

Grab dessert at MilkBar and head to the Park at CityCenter

10th and I Street NW

A different kind of bakery, MilkBar puts a playful spin on familiar home-style desserts and savory snacks using quality ingredients and locally sourced dairy. Enjoy highly addictive cereal milk™ ice cream, compost cookies® and crack pie®, all of which have gained world-wide recognition. Grab a treat from the dessert shop and turn the corner to enjoy your snack outdoors alongside the fountains at the Park at CityCenter at I Street and New York Avenue.

Itinerary #3

1 hour 


Stop One

Grab lunch at Boss Shepherd’s

513 13th Street NW

Enjoy low country cuisine instilled with southern inspiration. Experience fresh takes on time-honored, rustic classics, using farm-to-table ingredients. Choose drink offerings from a diverse beverage selection, featuring two five-gallon barrels of A. Smith Bowman reserve whiskey, as well as the renowned Catoctin Creek roundhouse rye (92 proof). Alongside the whiskey and beer programs, Boss Shepherd’s offers an extensive wine list of 35 American and international wines by the glass pour. 


Stop Two

Shop off the rack at Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off 5th

555 12th Street NW

Style meets savings at two luxury department store chains that carry various items such as: designer apparel, shoes and accessories, plus home goods and more.

Itinerary #4

2 hours


Stop One

Eat lunch at China Chilcano

418 7th Street NW

China Chilcano welcomes you to discover José Andrés and his team’s unique take on contemporary Peruvian cuisine, an intriguing amalgam of authentic and innovative dishes that are, in a word, unforgettable. Bold flavors, heady aromas and the buzz of excited diners take you on a sensorial journey that is anything but everyday. Enjoy inventive ceviches, delicious dim sum, sushi and more.


Stop Two

Explore the Navy Memorial

701 Pennsylvania Avenue

The United States Navy Memorial is home to the Memorial Plaza, which features Stanley Bleifeld's famous statue, The Lone Sailor©. The Lone Sailor, a tribute to all personnel of the sea services, overlooks the Granite Sea, an exact replication of the world's oceans. Surrounding the Granite Sea are two fountain pools, honoring the personnel of the American Navy and the other navies of the world. The southern hemisphere of the Granite Sea is surrounded by 26 bronze bas-reliefs commemorating events, personnel, and communities of the various sea services.


Stop Three

Get a dose of US History at the National Archives

7th and Constitution Avenue NW

See historical documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Take a journey through history in print and peruse slave ship manifests, the Emancipation Proclamation, captured German records, Japanese surrender documents from World War II and journals of polar expeditions. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper and preserves and provides access to the records of the United States of America.