Location, Lodging, and Travel

For the Journey to World Congress 2014,
the Destination is Washington, DC!


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Location & Lodging

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745

Attendees can obtain the group rate of $209 single/double per night.

There are also a limited number of government rooms available at $167 single/double per night (or the prevailing government rate); to qualify you must present a current government ID at check-in.

Reservations are being accepted by the Gaylord based on availability. Please note that some nights have limited availability or are sold out. If you experience any issues with booking your room, please contact us at meetings@ncmahq.org

To make your reservation, either follow one of the links below or call 877-491-0468. If making your reservation by phone, please reference “National Contract Management Association” to obtain the group rates listed above.

Standard Reservations

Government Reservations

Looking for a room on July 25 or 26? NCMA has obtained a small group block at the Aloft Washington National Harbor. To book a room, please follow this link. Please note that rooms are limited and to hold a reservation, a 1st night deposit is required. 


For attendees who are parking a vehicle at Gaylord National, NCMA has obtained a discounted self-parking rate of $15 per day. In order to obtain this rate, hotel guests must use their room key. Those without a room must obtain a daily voucher at NCMA's registration desk or info booth. Valet parking is also offered at a rate of $35 per day, which includes in and out privileges; please note valet price is subject to change.

For more information on parking at the hotel, please visit the Gaylord National website.


Attendees are encouraged to wear business casual attire for the duration of the event. All attendees are advised to bring a sweater or light jacket since temperatures in meeting rooms will vary. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes for walking the convention center and exhibit hall. 

Air Travel

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) 

NCMA recommends flying into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, located about 15 minutes  (8 miles west) from the Gaylord National. There is a shuttle service offered to the Gaylord that is $18/one-way and requires a reservation fee. To make a reservation, please call 301-965-2081.

Driving Directions from DCA to the Gaylord National

Follow signs to George Washington Parkway South to Alexandria. Veer right at the sign to Slaters Lane, make a right at traffic light. Follow signs to U.S. Route 1 and merge onto US-1. Follow signs to I-95 North (Maryland). Veer right at signs toward I-95. Veer left toward I-95 and merge onto I-95 North/I-495 East (Capital Beltway). Cross Woodrow Wilson Bridge toward Maryland. Take exit 2A toward National Harbor. Turn right on Waterfront Street. The resort is on the right.

Attendees can also choose to fly into either Washington Dulles International Airport or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Located 35 miles west from the hotel. Estimated taxi fare: $70/one way.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Located 42 miles north from the hotel. Estimated taxi fare: $70/one way.

Discounted Air Transportation for World Congress Attendees

Discounted flights are available for World Congress attendees who book their flight through United Airlines or American Airlines. By booking, World Congress attendees will receive a 5% discount on their fare for travel July 23-August 3, 2014. The 5% discount is only valid on official United Airlines and American Airlines flights.

For United Airlines, book your flight at www.ua.com using promotion code ZRX4297467.
For American Airlines, book your flight at www.aa.com/groups using promotion code 2174DQ.

Super Shuttle Airport Transportation

Super Shuttle offers transportation from each of the area airports as well. Shuttle service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is $19/one-way; service from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is $44/one-way; and service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is $45/one-way. SuperShuttle does require reservations and advanced purchase. Learn more on the SuperShuttle website. 

Super Shuttle Airport Transportation GSA Discount

Super Shuttle has recently announced a new GSA schedule discount of 10% off qualifying transportation to and from major hotels and airports. For those who qualify, simply book your reservation in advance on the Super Shuttle website using the group/discount code GSAUS.

Driving to Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

World Congress 2014 is within driving distance of more than a dozen major cities in the Eastern United States.

From the West

Start on I-66 East. Take exit 75 to merge onto VA-110 S toward I-395/US-1/Pentagon City/Crystal City/Reagan National Airport/Alexandria. Take the I-395 N ramp to US-1 N. Merge onto I-395. Keep left to continue on I-695. Keep left at fork and merge onto I-295. Take exit 1A-1B on the left for I-95/I-495 N/MD-210/National Harbor toward Baltimore. Take exit 1B to merge onto National Harbor Blvd. Slight right to stay on National Harbor Blvd. Take the 2nd right onto Fleet Street and the Gaylord will be on your right.

From the North

Follow signs for I-95 S/Washington and merge onto I-95 South. Take exit 22B for Balt/Wash Pkway toward Washington South. Merge onto MD-295. Continue onto District of Columbia Highway 295. Continue onto I-295. Take exit 1A-1B on the left for I-95/I-495 N/MD-210/National Harbor toward Baltimore. Take exit 1B to merge onto National Harbor Blvd. Slight right to stay on National Harbor Blvd. Take the second right on Fleet Street and the Gaylord will be on your right.

From the South

For driving directions from a specific area, please visit the hotel website.

Area Transportation

Gaylord National Shuttle Service to DC Attractions

It's easy to visit capital area attractions with daily shuttle services and tours from Gaylord National's front doors. Downtown DC Shuttle Services provide continuous service to:

Old Post Office (1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW)
Union Station (H Street and 2nd Street NE)

This shuttle departs 7 days a week from Gaylord National's main entrance, every 90 minutes, 9:00 AM–7:30 PM. For more information on shuttle locations and times, visit the website.

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Taxi Cab Service

For trips into downtown DC, a cab service might be a preferred option. NCMA has partnered with Uber for discounted taxi service. Uber is a mobile application that connects riders to drivers with the push of a button. In minutes, a car will be curbside, ready to take you wherever you need to go. Check out this flyer to learn how to get two free rides (up to a $20 on each trip).


Water Taxi Service

Potomac Riverboat Company operates a water taxi service connecting Gaylord National to key locations around DC, Virginia, and Maryland. For more information, visit the website.

Contact Us

      Jennifer Coy | Director of Meetings | 800-344-8096 x1135      April Southward | Meetings Planner | 800-344-8096 x1105

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