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See Washington DC With These Free Walking Tours

If you’re visiting the AMA Executive Conference Center in the Washington DC area, you’re bound to want to see some of the sites as well. There’s plenty to experience in this wonderfully historic part of our country, and no better way to see them then by some of the free walking toursoffered around the city. All you’ll need is a good pair of walking shoes, a bottle of water, and the time to learn about some of our history.

The National Mall Tour

This tour allows you to walk the popular National Mall, while visiting each of the memorials located there. Those include, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The tour lasts approximately two hours and is about a mile long, with plenty of places to rest along the way. Click here to learn more about this tour. 

All In One Tour

Encompassing the National Mall, this tour also includes more of the famous DC monuments and parks. Because there’s so much more involved, this tour is about four hours long and covers just over two miles of walking. There are plenty of places for refreshments and bathroom breaks along the way. Click here to learn more about this tour.

Old Town Alexandria

If you like old houses and historic settings, this is the tour for you. This tour will take you along the old streets of Alexandria – in the locations where our forefathers walked. It lasts about two hours and is a little over a mile long. Similar to this tour is the Historic Georgetown Tour, only located in a different part of the city. Click here to learn more about the Old Town Alexandria tour. 

If you’re wanting to visit some grand old places in the nation’s capital then get moving with one of these walking tours!

Are you considering where to host your next conference or meeting in Washington DC, Atlanta, San Francisco or New York? Contact us to learn more about the AMA Executive Conference Centers. We’re here to help you make the most of your meeting!

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2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC

There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than attending the nation’s three-week long National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, to admire the 3,000+ cherry blossom trees in full bloom. The festival, which runs this year from March 20 to April 13, produces and coordinates a large variety of events throughout the weeks in honor of both Japanese and American cultures and the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Cherry Blossom Tours

Whether you enjoy the relaxing narration and live band entertainment of the Odyssey cruise as you sail past the famous cherry blossom trees and historic DC monuments or bike through a sea of pink and white blossoms surrounding the Potomac Tidal Basis with Blossoms by Bike, a guided tour of the beautified region is certainly a must. Visit the Tour Provider section of the National Cherry Blossom Festival website to plan any number of provided tours.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

On April 13, 2019, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will overtake Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th Streets in one of DC’s largest spectator events complete with giant colorful helium balloons, celebrity performers, marching bands, beautiful floats, and talented performers just to name a few. The once a year experience is unlike any other of the DC area with easy access to the one-mile length of the parade from multiple metro stations. Occurring from 10 am to 12 noon, the parade route is open to the public and free apart from if you wish to purchase Grandstand seating.


On April 6, 2019, Petalpalooza, formerly known as Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, will kick off with more than eight straight hours of free entertainment complete with a beer garden, interactive art installations, and a fireworks show. Hosted by the District Wharf, this exciting event has activities sure to please all age groups.

AMA’s Washington Area Conference Center is conveniently located within walking distance of the Yellow Line METRO stop at Crystal City and minutes from Reagan National Airport – perfect for holding your meeting and attending the events of a lifetime at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. For more information click here to contact us.

Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Atlanta, NYC, San Francisco and DC

Some of the most iconic cities in the U.S. also have some of the most fascinating histories behind them. Guess which U.S. city had the first pizzeria? We looked into Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC – each an AMA Executive Conference Centers city – and you’ll be amazed at some of the things that you may not have known about them!

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.


Let’s start on the east with Atlanta, located in Georgia, which is known as The Peach State.

  • Atlanta is home to The Varsity, which is the largest fast food drive-in in the world, established in 1928.
  • The symbol of the city is the phoenix after being burned down during the Civil War in 1864.
  • It has one of the biggest Hindu temples outside of India.
  • There are 71 streets whose names are a take on “Peachtree.”
  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airportcurrently holds the title of world’s busiest airport.
  • Two Nobel Peace Prize winners were from Atlanta: President Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr.
New York City Financial District cityscape at dusk.


Now, let’s take a bite out of the Big Apple with some fun facts on this bustling city.

  • In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France. It was part of their centennial celebration.
  • The New York Public Libraryis home to over 50 million books. It also currently boasts the title of the third largest library in the world.
  • The Wyckoff Farm is the oldest building in New York City, established in the 1640s.
  • The taxis in the city weren’t always their well-known yellow. In fact, they used to be red and green until 1912.
  • In 1895, the first pizzeria was opened in the United States. It was located in, you guessed it, New York City.
  • And do you know where Times Square gets its name? The New York Times!
San Francisco skyline, California, USA


Let’s head west to the bright and sunny San Francisco.

  • The Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest in North America and is home to over 100,000 people.
  • The official musical instrument of San Francisco is the accordion.
  • The ice cream and oatmeal cookie treat that’s coated in chocolate called It’s-Itwas created in San Francisco.
  • The street that is currently known as Maiden Lane used to be a red-light district and was called Morton Street.
  • Over 50 film festivals happen in San Francisco each year.
  • There’s a name for the color of the Golden Gate Bridge: International Orange.
Washington DC, USA in spring season.


Finally, let’s shed some light on the capital of the United States: Washington DC!

  • The streets use letters as names but are missing the letter “J.”
  • The Washington Monument is the world’s tallest obelisk.
  • Inside of the Capital Building are elevators that are only used by senators.
  • The Washington Metrois the third most busy subway system in the United States.
  • Before it was called the White House, the building was known as the President’s Palace or President’s House.
  • Washington DC is home to a unique museum called the International Spy Museum.

For more fun facts about United States cities, check out 50states.comand learn to your heart’s content. And for more facts about hosting your next meeting at an AMA Executive Conference Center in one of the above cities, click onto www.AMAconferencecenters.org.