Whats new in Washington, DC

Whats new in Washington, DC

Here are a few accolades to start the year with in Washington, DC. 
Washington, DC is the most exciting food city in America by Bloomberg
Washington, DC one of CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020
Lonely Planet Names Washington, DC #2 City in the World for 2020

New development:

Dulles Metro Expansion – Silver Line (Summer 2020)
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority reports a midsummer opening for the eagerly awaited expansion of the metrorail. Six new stations will come online and connect riders from downtown DC to Dulles airport and into Loudon County.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Fall 2020)
DC’s central library is undergoing a major $211 million modernization. The new library will include rooftop event space, a large auditorium and conference center, and a ground level café with a patio. 
New museums:

National Children’s Museum Opens Downtown (February 2020)
After years of planning, the 33,000-square-foot (about 3,065 square meters) play space emphasizing hands-on STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math) opens just blocks from the National Mall in downtown DC. Admission will be $10.95; babies ages 12 months and younger are free.

Planet Word Museum (May 31, 2020)
A private museum dedicated to fostering a life-long love of literacy and storytelling is expected to open its doors inside the school where Alexander Graham Bell once ran a lab.
New memorials:

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial (May 8, 2020)
Focusing on President Eisenhower’s dedication to public service, leadership, work ethic and devotion to preserving democracy, a memorial designed by Frank Gehry will be unveiled on the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day.

National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of American Indian (Nov. 2020) The memorial is expected to open on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution’s DC museum in fall 2020. The memorial will honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans and symbolize the country’s respect for Native Americans’ service and patriotism.

New hotels:

AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown (Late 2019): Nestled in the heart of the action in downtown in the Golden Triangle, the hotel is the first new build hotel in the area since 1971. The hotel brings a European influence from its Spanish roots to the heart of Washington DC with 219 sleek, smart guest rooms and 2,238 square feet of meeting space, including an outdoor rooftop terrace. AC Kitchen, serving a fresh European-influenced breakfast featuring signature baked croissants and artisan-cured meats. AC Lounge SM, serving signature cocktails and small plates.

Generator (Jan. 2020): Europe’s hip hotel-and-hostel Generator has elected to transform the 148-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel north of Dupont Circle. The property features a new rooftop bar and event space, a fourth-floor terrace bar and lounge as well as a ground-floor restaurant and café. The concept mixes hotel-level amenities with standard rooms and some rooms rented hostel-style: by the bed.

Riggs Washington DC (Feb. 3, 2020): will sit in the former home of Washington, DC’s Riggs National Bank. Its launch will mark the first U.S. hotel by the Lore Group. Located in Penn Quarter, the 121,000 square foot property will feature 181 residential guest rooms and suites, an expansive restaurant and lounge and rooftop event space. The cocktail bar on the lower level, Silver Lyan, is from world acclaimed mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana. Silver Lyan will contain a secret room in the building’s original bank vault that functions as a private event space for a small group of six.

Thompson Washington, DC (Jan. 2020): a luxury lifestyle flag, opened a 225-room hotel with a fitness center, 4,000-square-feet of meeting space, a street-level restaurant and rooftop bar near Yards Park in the heart of Capitol Riverfront. This is the first full-service property for the neighborhood in Southeast DC which includes a restaurant by Restaurateur Danny Meyer. 

Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. washington.org. * all in links are are for press use *

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