BioGenomics2017 - Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference
February 21-23, 2017
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History | Washington, D.C.

Hotel & Travel

Biogenomics2017 has learned that a variety of travel companies are contacting our attendees and sponsors to assist with hotel reservations in the Washington area for the Biogenomics2017 Annual Meeting. These companies ARE NOT affiliated with Biogenomics2017 in any capacity. If you are contacted by travel booking agencies, we strongly urge you NOT to utilize their services. Please only book hotel accommodations through this web page or contact the Marriott hotel directly.

Hotel Reservations

Please use: Online reservation link for the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC
If you have difficulties booking a room online, please call 800-393-2503 (US/CA) and mention the Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference.

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Travel Tips

Visa Information

The process of obtaining a visa to attend meetings in the U.S. takes much longer than in the past.

You are strongly urged to apply for a visa as early as possible, preferably at least 60 days before the start of the meeting. For detailed information regarding obtaining a visa, please visit the Visitor Visa webpage. For information regarding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), please visit the U.S Department of State website.

Please see the information below and for more details you can go to


There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.

Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. (It’s also the airport you’re most likely to spot senators and representatives heading home to their districts). To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-$20.

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60-$68. Washington Flyer also offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way. Purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. Visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page for more information.

BWI Airport is a bit further out in Baltimore, but oftentimes that means you can find even better flight deals. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30.


Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Washington, DC between February 18, 2017 – February 26, 2017. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.

Reservations cannot be booked via Internet. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X96C-959 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.


Washington, DC’s Metro is one of the best and most efficient public transportation systems in the country. Its expansive network of tunnels and above ground tracks connect all four quadrants of DC with suburban Virginia and Maryland. The system is heavily used by local commuters and it’s a popular, convenient and affordable way for visitors to DC to get around the region.

The Metro consists of six color-coded lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green and Silver. The lines are connected to each other via transfer stations and many Metro stops are serviced by more than one color.

Click here to see the metro rail map. For more Metro information, fares and Metro etiquette go to:


Uber and Lyft cars are plentiful in the area and are great for use to get around town or from the airport. Download either or both apps to your smartphone.


The weather in Washington, DC, is typically cold during the winter. In February, we are likely to have temperatures with highs 47° F/8° C. and lows of 31° F/-1° C Make sure to check Weather for Washington, DC, as you pack for your trip.


Yelp recommends changing foreign money at the Treasure Trove Currency Exchange, located at 1305 G Street NW, Suite A, Washington DC 20005, 202-628-6228. Currency can also be exchanged at the airport.


We have compiled a list of local attractions - click here to view!

Also check out and The District for information to plan your sightseeing, activities, and dining. Washington, DC offers free museums, outstanding restaurants and lots of other options. You can find lists of tours and events to meet all of your needs on