Getting around the greater Washington, DC area is easy using either taxis, Uber, Lyft, walking, or Metro train. Pick up the free King Street Trolley at the King St.-Old Town train station located two blocks from The Westin (from the front door of the hotel, turn right on Courthouse St. and right on Jamieson, then left on Delany (away from the USPTO) and at the corner of Duke turn right at the street light to Diagonal; entire route can be walked in about five minutes. The Trolleys park in front of the train station. The cheapest method of traveling further than Alexandria is by using the Metro train as the King St.-Old Town stop on the Blue or the YellowLine is less than a five-minute walk from the conference hotel.
To use the Metro train, consult the map at the station to determine the cost for the trip as this system charges for distance. You will be issued a card to enter and to exit the train; please keep it ready when you exit as you will not be able to leave the train station without the card. Typical charges are $2.25- $5.00. You can also add money to the card at any Metro train station. See the online Metro (train) Map, or call +1-202-637-7000.
- Whole Foods Supermarket (large grocery story with tables), 1700 Duke Street, three blocks from Westin)
- Jimmy John's (submarine sandwiches), 330 John Carlyle Street (two blocks from Westin)
- There are several fast food places around the hotel.
- USPTO Cafeteria, in the basement of the Madison West Building, 600 Dulany Street (one block from Westin) - open only during daytime working hours (10am-5pm, M-F).
Walkable, decent restaurants but still inexpensive
- Panera Bread (fast food sandwiches), 350 Dulaney Street (less than one block from Westin)
- Pasara Restaurant (Thai), 2051 Jamieson Avenue (about one block from Westin)
- Table Talk Restaurant (American Diner), 1623 Duke Street (three blocks from Westin)
Restaurants within a reasonable distance (Best to get reservations)
- Virtue Feed & Grain (American),106 S. Union St., Alexandria, VA
- Aldo's Italian Kitchen (Pizza, Pasta), 2850 Eisenhower Ave, (Alexandria, VA; not in Old Town)
- Chart House (American, Seafood), 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA
- The Warehouse (Fine dining), 214 King Street, Alexandria, VA
- Blackwell Hitch (American, Seafood), 5 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA
- Two Nineteen Restaurant (French Creole), 219 King Street, Alexandria, VA
- Quattro Formaggi (Pizza, Pasta), 1725-B Duke Street, Alexandria, VA)
- The Majestic (American), 911 King Street, Alexandria, VA, +1-703-837-9117
- Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, 713 King Street, Alexandria, VA, +1-703-548-1717
- Taverna Cretekou (Greek), 818 King St, Alexandria, VA, +1 703-548-8688
- Vermilion (Fine dining), 1120 King St, Alexandria, VA, +1 703-684-9669
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Things to do
- Visit the USPTO. It's only a block away and has an inventor's museum and a gift shop. Admission is free. See details on the National Museum of Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the USPTO Madison Building, 600 Delany Street. Open 10AM - 5PM, closed Sunday.
- Torpedo Factory Art Museum, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA. Take the free King Street Trolley to the end of the line and head to the waterfront and then turn left about one block. Open 10-9 except when booked for evening events. Free admission.
- Visit the Smithsonian Institution. Take the Blue Line towards Largo Town Center to the Metro Center stop. Free admission.
- The National Zoo can be reached by taking the train to the Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stop. Take the Blue Line (towards Largo Town Center) or Yellow Line (towards Fort Totten) and transfer to the Red Line to Shady Grove then exit at either the Cleveland or the Woodley Park stops. Free admission.
- Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at 6th St. SW, 1-202-633-2214. Free admission.
- Time for art museums in DC? Visit the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection .
- Nothing to do and time to do it? Take the free King Street Trolley to the end of the line at the waterfront paying attention to interesting places along the way; feel free to get off at any stop and pick up the trolley again later. Go to the end of the line and see what's happening at the Alexandria Visitor Center at the Market Square (Ramsey House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA).
- Check the three museums very near the Market Square:
- There are many restaurants, shops, parks and kiosks along the Potomac River waterfront or you can take a boat ride (for a fee). Afterwards, walk back to the hotel, stopping along the way at any of the shops, taverns, historical sites or restaurants of interest.
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