At the ASNE-APME Leadership Conference? See what you can do around Washington, D.C.

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Attendees to the 2017 ASNE-APME Leadership Conference will find a jam-packed conferences, with award-winning journalists and panels discussing the latest tools and trends in newsrooms that are fueling innovative work

If you find yourself with some time either before or after the conference events, take time to remind you of the greatness of Washington D.C. and the beauty of the nation’s capital. All of these are near the Washington Marriott Wardman Hotel, the conference venue.


Smithsonian’s National Zoo offers daily programs include animal training, feeding demonstrations and keeper talks. Some programs change from week to week. Zoo educators and volunteers strive to keep this schedule up-to-date, but due to weather and the needs of the animals, activity times can change. Please be sure to consult a schedule at the Zoo on the day of your visit.

Admission: Free

Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Washington National Cathedral is dedicated to serve as a house of prayer for all people and is considered the spiritual home for the nation.

Admission: $12 (free on Sundays)

Address: Wisconsin Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday 12:45 p.m.- 4 p.m.


The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) provides a wide range of astronomical data and products, and serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense and a standard of time for the entire United States.

Admission: Free, and there limited tours with reservation

Address: 3450 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Hours: Varies


Rock Creek Park is 1,754-acre city park, officially authorized in 1890, making it the third national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history. It’s immediately adjacent to the National Zoo.

Admission: Free

Hours: Daylight


The Woodrow Wilson House is the historic home of our 28th president, where he resided after his time in office. The President Woodrow Wilson House gives a special glimpse into the private life of Woodrow Wilson while preserving his important legacy for future generations. After serving as the twenty-eighth President of the United States, where he led the nation through World War I, won the Nobel Peace Prize and created the League of Nations, Woodrow Wilson moved to S Street in 1921 to reflect on his career as educator, president and world statesman.

Admission: $10

Address: 2340 S Street, NW

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages that come to study its books, objects, images, and documents.

Admission: Free

Address: 1703 32nd Street, NW
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Explore the Society of the Cincinnati’s historic headquarters, Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that has been the Society’s home since 1938. The Society and its American Revolution Institute work to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War by supporting advanced study, presenting exhibitions and other public programs, advocating preservation, and providing resources to teachers and students. Tours of Anderson House reveal the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home’s first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy-interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple’s art collection and furnishings are still on display. Guided tours begin at 15 minutes past each hour. Anderson House also offers a changing exhibition gallery, a research library, and an active calendar of public programs.

Admission: Free

Address: 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Tudor Place is a historic home and has the largest collection of George Washington materials outside of Mount Vernon.  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden connects the public to American history through the personal experiences of those who lived and worked on the estate and encourages everyone to know their own story and recognize their role in shaping history.

Admission: $10

Address: 1644 31st Street NW

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Kreeger Museum. One of the greatest legacies of David and Carmen Kreeger is the Museum that bears their name. In 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Kreeger began to amass a formidable collection of modern art. For the next 15 years they assembled most of the Museum’s holdings. The collection of The Kreeger Museum reflects the spirit of the Kreegers.

Admission: $10

Address: 2401 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, D.C., 20007

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Kramerbooks & Afterwords first opened its doors amid the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976. At the time of its opening it was the first bookstore/café in Washington DC. Kramerbooks & Afterwords stages hundreds of book-related events each year, both in the store and elsewhere.

Address: 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily; Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m.

Ryan Shank is a senior at Ball State University. He graduates in May 2018. His email is rjshank@bsu.edu.

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