By Tamika C. Auguste, MD, FACOG
Editor’s note: Dr. Auguste, Director of OB/GYN Simulation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Associate Professor, OB/GYN at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, has been living in the Washington, D.C., area for almost 20 years. She arrived as a medical student at Georgetown and never left. Annual Meeting Daily asked her to share her favorite things about her city.
Welcome to ACOG 2016 in Washington! This city in the springtime is like no other, with so much to see and do. Explore the eclectic or discover the mainstream and be the quintessential tourist — there’s something here for everyone. You can fill your time here with something extraordinary. Make sure you make the time to have a little fun, it will be a wonderful memory of ACOG 2016!
We have 17 Smithsonian museums here, and some of them are our city’s best-kept secrets. All of them are fantastic and unbelievably affordable… admission is free!
Most people know about the classic Smithsonian sites such as The National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum, both standing majestically on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Capitol.
Equally fantastic, if lesser known, is the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Located next to the Air and Space Museum, the Hirshorn was the first museum on the Mall devoted to modern art and remains one of the world’s best for contemporary and modern art. Just look for the unique circular building!
Tour the city
Our city caters to the tourist, and our city’s history runs deep, so there are many tours available throughout the city. Jump on a bus and tour downtown, take a Segway tour, go on a Spy Museum scavenger hunt throughout the city, or even take an eating tour through Georgetown. And ACOG will offer spouse and guest tours and youth tours through Camp ACOG. Click here or check the Preliminary Program or details.
The time you have will and can be filled with something extraordinary here in Washington DC. Make sure you make the time to have a little fun, it will be a wonderful memory of ACOG 2016!
The weather should be beautiful during the Annual Meeting. Make time to walk along the National Mall to see the monuments and museums. You might be able to join a pickup game of soccer or Frisbee right there on the Mall.
If you prefer trails, we won’t disappoint. Some of the best trails within the city are the Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Park Trail. Just outside the city in northern Virginia is the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls. Don’t forget to pack your shoes!
D.C. has become one of our nation’s culinary centers with the hottest chefs cooking in the best restaurants. We have just about any type of cuisine you can imagine. The list could go on and on, but here’s some favorites:
Italian — Fiola (just north of the National Gallery of Art) and Tortino (west of the Washington Convention Center)
American — 1789 Restaurant (next to Georgetown University) and Plume at the Jefferson Hotel (Scott Circle near downtown)
Steakhouse — The Prime Rib (northwest of the White House near George Washington University) and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (south of the convention center)
Indian — Rasika (just north of the National Gallery of Art)
Ethiopian — Ethiopic (northwest of Union Station) and Das Ethiopian (between Georgetown and George Washington Univeristy)
Rose’s Luxury (north of the Washington Navy Yard) makes some of the best food in the country, but good luck getting in… they don’t take reservations! We also have waterfront restaurants such as Sequoia, Osteria Morini DC, and Farmers Fishers Bakers that will make a wonderful evening out.
If you only have time for a drink, make sure your meet-up takes place at Barmini by Jose Andres (south of the convention center).