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Join us in Washington, D.C., where our nation's past and present meet!

Visiting Washington, D.C., never gets old. Few cities offer such an endless supply of sights to see and things to do. There is something for everyone in our nation's capital. Are you interested in history and heritage? You'll find a plethora of museums, historic homes, monuments, and government buildings to visit. Do you feel like engaging in more active pursuits? Take a walking tour of different neighborhoods, bike along the river to our first president's home at Mt. Vernon, or just enjoy jogging on the National Mall. Do culinary pursuits top your list? D.C. is home to hundreds of fabulous ethnic restaurants.

Did you know that Washington, D.C., was rated in the top 10 list of "fun cities" in the USA? Our conference venue is the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Click here to make your reservations < waspy-renaissance-arlington-capital-view-hotel/?toDate= 7/21/13&groupCode=amhamha&fromDate=7/15/13&app=resvlink>.

The hotel is strategically located close to Reagan National Airport, just a short distance to the D.C. Metro, Old Town Alexandria, and the Crystal City mall and restaurant area. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to National Airport.

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We want you to enjoy all of Washington, D.C.'s world-class restaurants, attractions, and performing arts while you're in town. To participate, simply show your conference badge to participating partners and receive VIP treatment and exclusive discounts. For a list of discounts, visit <http:// showyourbadge>. This list is frequently updated, so please continue to check back for new additions.

Here are just a few fun things to see and do in the metropolitan D.C.area:

Historic and Government Buildings

* The Library of Congress, a premier example of the flamboyant Beaux Arts architectural style, offers free, one-hour walking tours.

* The United States Capitol Building, one of the world's enduring symbols of representative democracy, is an architectural work of art. Get a pass from your Senator or Representative and see our deliberative body in action.


* Visit Ford's Theater, site of the assassination of President Lincoln, for a tour and live performance.


* Take a quick Metro ride to Union Station, still a working Amtrak hub, and a mecca for lunch and shopping in the beautiful restored station.

* Walk the grounds of Mt. Vernon, George Washington's beautiful home on the Potomac River.

* Watch the solemn Changing of the Guard, which takes place daily at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.


* The Smithsonian Institution comprises more than 16 separate museums, all free!

* The Air & Space Museum, located on the National Mall, has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display, including the Wright brothers' 1903 Spirit of St. Louis.

* The Museum of African Art fosters the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.

* The American Indian Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of life of Native Americans.

* The Museum of American History's more than 3 million artifacts include the original Star-Spangled Banner, Mr. Rogers' sweater, Dorothy's ruby slippers, and Abraham Lincoln's top hat.


* The National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture.

* Take a peek at the legendary Hope diamond in the Natural History Museum, one of the world's most-visited museums.

* The Hirshhorn Museum and its beautiful Sculpture Garden showcase modern and contemporary art.

* The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, dedicated to education and remembrance, is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust.

* The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage, tells the story of spies, intelligence operations, and deceptions that changed history.


* The obelisk-shaped Washington Monument is the iconic monument in DC.

* The FDR Memorial, dedicated to the memory of President Roosevelt and the era he represents, is a park-like memorial spread over 7.5 acres that features four outdoor gallery rooms.

* The Jefferson Memorial is modeled after the Pantheon of Rome.

* The Vietnam War Memorial is made up of three separate parts: the moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Three Soldiers statue, and the Vietnam Women's Memorial.


* The Lincoln Memorial is not only an impressive memorial to Abraham Lincoln, it is also the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.

* The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial, located near the Tidal Basin, features quotes from King's sermons and speeches.

Other Sites

* The National Zoological Park was established to preserve endangered animals indigenous to the United States, but it has grown to include wonderful exhibits of non-indigenous animals as well as its best-known residents, giant pandas!

* Georgetown's allure draws visitors to view the neighborhood's historic homes, browse its shops, and enjoy fine dining.

* Explore the old seaport town of Old Town Alexandria, walk the historic neighborhood, ride the King Street Trolley, or just browse in the wonderful shops.

* Get in touch with nature at Rock Creek Park, a large, urban natural area with public park facilities that bisects Washington, D.C.

Can it get any better than AMHCA's Annual Conference and Washington, D.C.? Yes! You will be at the only conference devoted entirely to the clinical mental health counseling profession, so you can count on high-quality education, peer connections, and opportunities for relaxation and exciting exploration.

By Judith Bertenthal-Smith, LPC, ALPS Chair, Conference Planning Committee, and AMHCA President-Elect, 2012-2013
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Publication:The Advocate (American Mental Health Counselors Association)
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Date:Mar 1, 2013
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