Suggestions for transportation, restaurants, attractions, and conference hotels.
CONFERENCE LOCATION: The conference is being held at Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 4900 South Orme Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204.
Text ASGA at conference ONLY: 352-258-4604
In late October, the average day-time highs are 50-60 degrees and the average evening temperatures range from as low as 30-50 degrees. Meeting rooms may be cool due to air conditioning. We recommend you bring an umbrella, as showers can appear unexpectedly.
Airport and Amtrak
If it would take more than eight hours to drive to this conference, ASGA recommends that you fly.
If you choose to travel by air, ASGA recommends that you fly into Reagan National Airport (DCA). Reagan National is only 4 miles from the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, and has a Metro stop. The hotel has a free shuttle which will save you money on ground transportation to and from the hotel.
Another option is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Dulles is 27 miles from the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, and it is accessible by Metro bus and the Metro. It takes longer to get from the airport to the hotel, however. Airfare costs are sometimes cheaper at IAD.
Another possibly cheaper option is Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), which is 37 miles away. Airfare costs are often cheaper at BWI, but you will either have to rent a car or use the Super Shuttle.
Amtrak is a convenient option for many East-Coast institutions. Union Station in downtown Washington is an Amtrak stop. Once at Union Station, you can take the Metro to the Pentagon City stop, then get a free shuttle to the conference hotel.
The easiest, and cheapest, way to get from the airport to the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel is to take the free hotel shuttle!
You can take Washington’s convenient and safe Metro to get to DC from the hotel. The Metro is easily accessible at Reagan National Airport. Take the “Yellow” line toward the Mount Vernon Square Station, and get off at the Pentagon City Station. From there, take the free hotel shuttle to the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. It will cost less than $5 per person to ride the Metro from the airport to the hotel.
ASGA recommends buying a Metro pass while you’re in Washington. You can use it to sight-see, go to restaurants, or lobby on Capitol Hill. Visit the Metro Web site to see prices for the passes.
The Metro operates until midnight on weekdays and until 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. You truly can get anywhere quickly and easily using D.C.’s Metro.
Peak SmarTrip® Fares (in effect weekdays from opening to 9:30 am and 3-7 pm and weekends midnight to closing)
- $2.25 minimum
- $6.00 maximum
Off-Peak SmarTrip® Fares (all other times)
- $2.00 minimum
- $3.85 maximum
For fares between stations, go to Metrorail station page and click on the station where you are starting your trip.
Remember, the official conference hotel has a free shuttle that will take you to and from the airport.
The Super Shuttle is available at the Baltimore airport (about $40 each way; $80 round-trip).
A taxi, Uber, or Lyft ride from DCA or IAD might take less time to get from the airport to your hotel, but not much, and it will be much more expensive. ASGA recommends that you use the Metro while you’re in town.
ASGA has negotiated a discount with Dollar Rent a Car. In order to take advantage of the discounts and benefits, please utilize ASGA Corporate Discount Number: CM0138
All reservations may be made online. Enter the ASGA Corporate Discount number, or call 866-542-2303 ext.2 and use CD#CM0138.
If you’re driving to the conference, be aware that it’s difficult and expensive to park in the Washington, D.C. area. It will cost $12 ($18 discount for ASGA guests) per day to park at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel and perhaps more elsewhere and in public parking. Please note; the conference hotel has self-parking. In addition, if you’re driving a college van or bus, the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel CAN accommodate over-sized vehicles.
MONEY-SAVING TIP: Use the free hotel shuttle to take you to and from the airport and Pentagon City Metro stop.
Getting Around Town
If you stay at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, you will be at the conference location. You can take the Metro, taxi, or Uber to the U.S. Capitol in 15 minutes! It’s just minutes to the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, the Washington Monument. Once in DC, you can walk to everything! There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance.