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What is the National Leadership Conference?

The National Student Leadership Conference is a program that hosts career-focused leadership conferences for select high school students (as well as some programs for middle school students) over the summer. The NSLC markets itself as a highly selective program that only accepts students with exceptional leadership and academic skills. NSLC markets their programs as a way to help participants gain leadership skills and learn about future careers while experiencing life on a college campus. Programs are offered in 21 different fields, such as international diplomacy, engineering, and theater. These programs are between 6 and 18 days in length, depending on the subject they focus on.

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Guide: Where to start?

While you're in Washington D.C. for the conference. Be sure to visit the famous monuments and historical buildings in the area. A recommended attraction is the Washington monument. Step inside and ride the elevator to the top where the great Capitol of our country is visible. Take a trip up to the Lincoln Memorial, a major state monument. Synonymous with Washington City is the famous White House with its wide influence of our national history. If you're interested in the most acclaimed art, visit the National Gallery of Art. For an appreciation of national foliage and landscapes, make your way to the United States Botanic Gardens. Also, don’t forget to visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, housing thousands of animals. Admission is free.

Our variety of museums spread throughout the state capital, may appeal to those interested in cultural history. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will expand the scope of anyone inquisitive. Furthermore, learn about the natives of our land at the National Museum of the American Indian.

That’s only a small list of places to visit. There’s so much more to see as you explore. Enjoy your visit in Washington D.C.!

Maps

This is a map of and where everything will be in D.C. when you get there! If you would like to know more information about any of following places just click on their icon LeaftletMarker on the map! If you would like directions to the location just click on the Name of the place you are viewing, it will auto-route you to the location of interest with Google Maps!

Transportation

Navigation guide on getting around Washington!

Riding the Metro

Washington, DC’s Metro is one of the busiest public transportation systems in the country. Its expansive network of tunnels and above ground tracks connect all four quadrants of DC with suburban Virginia and Maryland. The system is heavily used by local commuters and it’s a popular, convenient and affordable way for visitors to DC to get around the region.

It’s worth buying a reusable SmarTrip card, which you’ll also need if you’re planning to use certain station parking lots (daily parking rates and availability vary by station). SmarTrip cards cost $10 and come with $8 worth of fare; they can be bought online at wmata.com, at all Metro stations, and at a few grocery stores and pharmacies around town. SmarTrip users get a $1 discount on all Metrorail rides and cheaper transfers to bus lines. Rides start at $1.75 and max out at $5.90 with a SmarTrip card.



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Renting a Bike

Over the past couple of years Capital Bikeshare (877-430-2453) bikes have become quite big around the area, there are more than 350 docking stations in Washington. For visitors, Bikeshare has two membership options: 24 hours of use for $7 or a three-day pass for $15.

Rides are free for the first 30 minutes, which should be long enough to get you where you’re going. If you’re coming up on that deadline, you can dock the bike and immediately take out another (or the same one), and the clock resets. Usage fees are posted on each dock, but for 30 minutes to an hour you’ll pay $2, and for the next half hour you’ll pay an additional $4.



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Taking the Bus

If you’re going somewhere Metrorail doesn’t service, such as Georgetown, you can take one of Metro’s 325 bus routes. Rides are $1.75 each whether you’re paying by SmarTrip or cash. If you use a SmarTrip card, you’ll get a 50cent discount when transferring from rail to bus, as well as unlimited bus-to-bus transfers within a two-hour window. The GPS-based NextBus service will let you know when your bus is coming. Most bus stops have a clearly marked stop ID number. Call 202-637-7000 and, when prompted, enter your stop ID to get an idea of how long you’ll be waiting.

Buses on the DC Circulator’s (202-962-1423) five lines run between popular tourist spots such as Georgetown and Union Station, cost just $1 to ride, and arrive every ten minutes. The buses are spacious and relatively new, and with their bright red paint and easy to spot signs, you can’t miss them!

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Hailing a Cab/Pedicab

It’s usually fairly easy to flag down a cab in Washington, but it isn’t always an inexpensive proposition (trips within DC usually cost between $10 and $20). Yellow Cab Company of DC (202-544-1212) can be booked ahead of time, and all DC cabs now take credit cards.

A Pedicab (202-345-8065) is basically a taxi but a bike instead, it allows you to enjoy your time through washington with less traffic but just a little bit of extra time added onto your trip. They start tours around 9AM and stop giving them around 11PM on every day excluding Holdiays! Prices inclue but are not limited too, $84 per hour for 1 adult, $47/per person/per hour for 2 adults, and $35/per person/per hour for 3 adults, One small child can ride free with two adults, 2 small children are equal too one adult in pricing!

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Calling an Uber/Lyft

Cash-shy Washingtonians love Uber, the smartphone app that sends town cars, SUVs, or regular taxis to your door and also lets you pay with a card—tip included. Uber is a ride-hailing service headquartered in San Francisco, California. Uber also offers peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab hailing, food delivery, bicycle-sharing and other services. The company has operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide. Its platforms can be accessed via its websites and mobile apps.

Lyft is another very loved option aswell, similar to Uber, Lyft is an on-demand transportation company based in San Francisco, California. It allows the user to use the smartphone app to send town cars, SUVs, or regular taxis your way to give you a lift to your destination! It develops, markets, and operates the Lyft car transportation mobile app. Launched in June 2012, Lyft operates in approximately 300 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and provides over 1 million rides per day.

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Food

There are many types of Restaurants in including high-class restaurants where you have to dress business casual to eat there and places like fast food restaurants which we find everywhere, so here are a few of the "Top Picks" in the area! The prices for these places are listed next to their names along with their descriptions, also if you would like to check out what they look like and what they serve you can click the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!

Restaurants

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Art & Soul Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Southern cuisine served in a contemporary dining room & on a patio with views, plus a menu for dogs.

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JINYA Ramen Bar Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Address: 1336 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Bistro Bis Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Addresses: 15 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Le Diplomate Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Bustling brasserie serves classic French fare & drinks amid a zinc bar, tile floors & sidewalk cafe.

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Estadio Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Small, festive spot serving Spanish tapas & playful plates & cocktails in Moorish-styled digs.

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Thip Khao Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - This sleek & modern eatery showcases spicy Laotian dishes & classic cocktails with an exotic twist.

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Hazel Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Chef-driven New American fare served on artisan tableware in an artful interior & funky patio.

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1789 Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - A luxe, renovated Federal house sets the scene for refined seasonal American fare.

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Marcels by Robert Wiedmaier Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Elegant French-Belgian restaurant offering fixed-price menu selections by chef Robert Wiedmaier.

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The Palm Resturaunt Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Storied chain serving high-end steakhouse fare, seafood & diverse wines in clubby surrounds.

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Founding Farmers D.C. Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Co-op-owned American eatery dishing out market-driven comfort cuisine along with rustic-chic style.

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Tortino Restaurant Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$ - Tuscan-style trattoria offering pasta, meat & seafood dishes, plus a happy-hour menu.

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The Dabney Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Chef Jeremiah Langhorne serves Mid-Atlantic cuisine at this rustic spot set in a former row house.

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Old Ebbitt Grill Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Iconic tavern offering American meals, including popular oyster specials, in Victorian-style digs.

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Kinship Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - Unique New American cuisine emphasizing classic and indulgent dishes in chic surrounds.

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RPM Italian Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$$ - An elegant, spacious, Milan-modern setting for pasta, steaks, fish, Italian classics & cocktails.

Fast Food

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Beefsteak Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Fast-casual chain from José Andrés' restaurant group specializing in flavorful veggie & grain bowls.

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Red Hook Lobster Pound Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Food stand along the Washington Channel offering lobster rolls, clam chowder & more.

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RASA Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Customized bowls of deeply-flavored Indian fare in stylish surrounds, plus beer, wine & gin/tonics.

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Spice 6 Modern Indian Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Indian fast food restaurant.

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Smoothie King Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Health-conscious chain featuring blended drinks in varied flavors, nutritional products & snacks.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Retro-style counter-serve chain known for made-to-order toasted sandwiches, salads & baked goods.

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Arepa Zone Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Venezuelan counter-serve cafe for hand-held fare popularized at its Union Market kiosk & food truck.

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Panera Bread Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $ - Inventive fillings keep locals coming back for more at this counter-service stop for empanadas.

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Panas Gourmet Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$ - Counter-serve chain for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers & frozen custard.

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Shake Shack Click on the names of the restaurants to go to their websites!
- $$ - Counter-serve chain for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers & frozen custard.

Local Attractions

Aerial view of Washington D.C.

There are many different attractions to goto in almost all being historical monuments! So here we have a list of the top 10 ranked, must see Attractions in !


Washington Monument

Landmark obelisk rising from the National Mall that honors America's first president. The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest predominantly stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7 11⁄32 inches (169.046 m) tall according to the National Geodetic Survey (measured 2013–14) or 555 feet 5 1⁄8 inches (169.294 m) tall according to the National Park Service (measured 1884). It is the tallest monumental column in the world if all are measured above their pedestrian entrances. It was the tallest structure in the world from 1884 to 1889, when it was overtaken by the Obelisk in Paris.

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US Navy Memorial Plaza

Ideally located on Pennsylvania Avenue midway between the White House and the Capitol Building, the United States Navy Memorial is quickly becoming one of Washington’s premier destination locations. The Visitors Center boasts a 3,500 Sq. ft. interactive exhibit space that immerses visitors in the rich heritage and culture of the Sea Services, as well as a state-of-the-art theater frequently booked for Hollywood movie screenings making it a first-class venue for meetings and private events.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was dedicated on July 27, 1995. The Memorial was designed and financed by private contributions and erected under the auspices of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board composed of Korean War veterans appointed by President Reagan. The memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War. The War was one of the most hard fought in our history. During its relatively short duration from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, 36,574 Americans died in hostile actions in the Korean War theater. Of these, 8,200 are listed as missing in action or lost or buried at sea. In addition, 103,284 were wounded during the conflict. The Memorial consists of four parts.

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Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. The architect was Henry Bacon; the designer of the primary statue – Abraham Lincoln, 1920 – was Daniel Chester French; the Lincoln statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers; and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. Dedicated in 1922, it is one of several monuments built to honor an American president. It has always been a major tourist attraction and since the 1930s has been a symbolic center focused on race relations.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre (8,000 m²) U.S. national memorial in Washington D.C. It honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (missing in action, MIA) during the war.Its construction and related issues have been the source of controversies, some of which have resulted in additions to the memorial complex. The memorial consists of three parts: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, completed first and the best-known part of the memorial; The Three Soldiers; and the Vietnam Women's Memorial. The main part of the memorial, which was completed in 1982, is in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial is maintained by the U.S. National Park Service, and receives around 3 million visitors each year. The Memorial Wall was designed by American architect Maya Lin. In 2007, it was ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects. As a National Memorial, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington D.C., dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, and to the era he represents. For the memorial's designer, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, the memorial site represents the capstone of a distinguished career, partly because the landscape architect had fond memories of Roosevelt, and partly because of the sheer difficulty of the task.

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the most important of the American Founding Fathers as the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, governor of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia, American minister to King Louis XVI, and the Kingdom of France, first U.S. Secretary of State under the first President George Washington, the second Vice President of the United States under second President John Adams, and also the third President (1801–1809), as well as being the founder of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated on a four-acre site along the National Mall's Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Its official address is 1964 Independence Avenue SW, in honor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark legislation in which King played an important role.

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World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million people who served as part of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The memorial sits along the central vista of the National Mall, at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The World War II Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Park rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and interpretive programs are provided throughout the day and upon request.

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Vietnam Women’s Memorial

Just south of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is the Vietnam Women's Memorial, which commemorates the 265,000 women that served in the Vietnam War, many of whom worked as nurses. The 2,000 pound bronze structure stands 15 feet tall and depicts three women attending to a wounded soldier, reflecting the unity required during the conflict.

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