Visiting D.C.


In the heart of downtown D.C., the Convention Center offers vast exhibit space and state-of-the-art facilities, making it a great venue for viewing thousands of new products and service solutions and learning how to grow your company’s business and boost productivity. In addition, NECA 2013 Washington DC will draw from other local resources to enliven your experience.

Washington, D.C., the most powerful city in the world, is full of history and history in the making. Get set for another historic event when the 2013 NECA Convention and Trade Show come to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center October 12-15 to explore a different kind of power.

Travel & Top Attractions

The city is served by three major airports and Amtrak and boasts superior public transportation. It’s easy to get there and easy to get around. Last year, a record 17.9 million visitors, including 1.8 million from abroad, came to our nation’s capital to see such top attractions as the National Air & Space Museum, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Rock Creek Park, and the National Zoo. They also dined in their choice of more than 100 fine restaurants in downtown D.C. alone; took in a show at one of the city’s 40 performing arts/theatre venues; indulged in shopping at fantastic boutiques, galleries, and malls; explored exciting neighborhoods like Georgetown, Adams-Morgan, and Capitol Hill; and just generally had an excellent time.

NECA conventioneers are also encouraged to venture forth to take advantage of some spectacular sightseeing, shopping, dining and night-life opportunities. A power trip should be a fun trip, too! View Good Eats & Tours pages for more information >

Sight Seeing

monument-smVisit the Washington D.C. Tourism website for a complete listing of monuments, restaurants, free activities, and much more. Make the most out of your time in the Nations Capitol and take in the sights!

NECA is also offering several exciting tours around the D.C. area, visit the Tours section for more info >

Download the Washington Post’s Explore D.C. App! Available for iTunes >

UBER – Car Service

361976-uber-taxiOn-demand car service.  Dispatch software provides professional drivers the ability to receive and fulfill reservations as your private driver. UBER REGISTRATION

  • Request from Anywhere at Any Time
  • Tell us where you want to be picked up.

On the iPhone and Android apps, set your pickup location on the map. On, type your address. In the US and Canada, text an address and city to 827-222.

Open Table – Restaurant Reservations


Make restaurant reservations free, instant, confirmed.  Open Table Reservations



Parking – Reserve your space in advance with Parking Panda

Parking-PandaParking by the convention center can be quite expensive, but we have partnered with online parking reservation leader Parking Panda to offer other more affordable parking options within a few blocks of the convention to our attendees, starting as low as $5.00/day. Visit Parking Panda now to view alternative parking options and reserve your space in advance while space remains available.




showyourbadge_header_onlyShow Your Badge – Get Exclusive Discounts!

“Show Your Badge” is Washington DC’s newest program designed just for you! We want you to enjoy our world-class restaurants, attractions and performing arts while you’re in town. To participate, simply show your conference/convention badge to any of our participating partners and receive VIP treatment and exclusive discounts. View full listing > Discounts PDF >

100 Free or Almost Free Things to Do in D.C.

Topics range from: Performances - Family-friendly - History & heritage - Outdoor attractions & activitiesInternational DC - Affordable food & drink African American culture - Arts & cultureAround DC

Visit the Washington D.C. online guide to learn more >