Travel and Transportation


Welcome to​ Washington
The 2014 AIHA Fall Conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.

Arlington is a convenient and vibrant destination for business and leisure travelers. In addition to providing easy access to the Capitol's most popular attractions, Arlington offers a unique mix of history, culture and fun. It is home to national treasures like Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
The Crystal Gateway Marriott is located in Crystal City, one of Arlington's most happening “urban villages.” Crystal City features an abundance of fine restaurants, cafes, specialty stores, outdoor movie nights, and bike trails.
Crystal City is close to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and just minutes from downtown Washington, both conveniently accessible by Washington's fast and affordable Metrorail system.
Three airports serve the Washington, D.C. metro area.
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): Has over 400 national and international flights daily. Located close to downtown Washington, DC and approximately two miles away from the Crystal City Gateway Marriott, this convenient airport is accessible by Metro, taxi or shuttle. It does not offer international flights except for Canada and the Caribbean. 

  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): Has over 300 national flights daily and over 450 international flights daily. Located approximately 27 miles away from the Crystal City Gateway Marriott, this airport may require advanced planning and travel time to avoid traffic congestion. Avoid the usual morning and after-work traffic by scheduling your arrival and/or departure for midday or evening hours. Dulles is accessible by shuttle or taxi; the Metro does not currently service this airport.

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): Located south of Baltimore, this airport may offer the best travel deals. With the lower airfare however, your travel time to downtown DC may take an hour or more depending on traffic. Out of the three airports, BWI is located the furthest from the Crystal City Gateway Marriott (approximately 37 miles) and is accessible by taxi, shuttle and the rail systems (Amtrak, MARC).

Bus or Train

Union Station in Washington DC is approximately 5 miles from the Crystal Gateway Marriott and serves as both a bus and rail station.  Upon arrival at Union Station, you have several options to get to the Crystal Gateway Marriott:
•    Take the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) to the Crystal City station (please note that VRE only operates Monday through Friday on a limited schedule.  Visit their website for a schedule.)
•    For approximately $3.05 one-way per person, take Metrorail to the Crystal City station.
•    A taxi stand is located at the front of Union Station outside the Main Hall entrance and operates 24/7. Unfortunately, it is not possible to reserve a taxi in advance of your arrival.

Transportation To/From the Airport
Options From DCA
Hotel Shuttle - The Crystal Gateway Marriott has a complimentary, scheduled airport shuttle service to/from DCA.  A courtesy phone is available at the airport or call (703) 417-8000 or (703)  920-3230.

Metrorail - For approximately $2.70 one-way per person, guests may ride Metro to/from the airport to the Crystal Gateway Marriott.  Board at the airport (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station) and go one stop to the Crystal City station.  The Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel is directly over the Crystal City Station.    

Options from All Airports
SuperShuttle - Receive a 10% discount off reservations made online for shared-ride shuttle service going to/from the airport.

Make a reservation today!


 Washington, DC's Official Travel Website:

Some nearby areas to visit:

  • Crystal City Shops: A mix of over 200 restaurants and shops located right off of Route 1 and next door to the Crystal City Marriott
  • Old Town Alexandria:  Located next to the Potamac River waterfront and only minutes away from Crystal City, this quaint area provides some of the DC area's best dining options. Walk on old paved bricked roads, ride the King Street Trolley, pop in one of the many unique boutique shops and visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center. DC's oldest neighborhood tling and charming area has lots to offer!
  • Museums and Art Galleries: Corcoran Gallery of Art,  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air & Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, The Phillips Collection, Smithsonian, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens