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People who live here expect August in the Washington, D.C. area to be hot, humid, and horrible. It often is. Daily high temperatures above 90°F are common, relative humidity above 90% is also common. Nightly lows above 80°F are not uncommon. However, on average you should expect high temperatures in the 80s and lows in the 70s with a slight breeze. In other words, hot but far less horrible than the folklore would have you believe.

Washington sometimes has dramatic thunder storms in August, and a hurricane is possible (although unlikely). For more details, see What is Washington, D.C.’s weather like in August?

Indoor Weather

While it will probably be hot outdoors it may be chilly indoors. Air conditioning is used both to cool and to dry the air. This means that it is sometimes too chilly indoors for people dressed for the outdoors. Bring a light sweater or jacket; you may want it.

Places to eat

There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance of the conference hotel. Here is list of restaurant recommendations on the hotel web site.

The new Pike and Rose development is about 2 blocks from the conference site, and has an ever-growing selection of stores and restaurants.

The center of Bethesda is 3 Metro* stops south of the hotel. The hotel is a few steps from the "White Flint" Metro* stop. Bethesda is at the "Bethesda" Metro* stop. Bethesda is a vibrant area with hundreds of restaurants and bars. For more information see Bethesda Row and Downtown Bethesda.

Rockville Town Square is 2 stops north of the conference hotel on the Metro*. Rockville Town Square is a little less expensive than Bethesda and a bit more relaxed. The merchant's page lists about 25 restaurants, all within a couple of blocks of the Metro. Local favorites include: Giuseppi's Pizza, Lebanese Taverna, and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

Things to do in Washington

Start with an overview at

Getting Around in Washington

Do what the locals do: Take the Metro!* The hotel is at the White Flint stop of the Red Line. (The hotel doors are closer to the entrance to the Metro* than the Metro parking lot is.) BUT, be aware that throughout 2016 parts of the Metro* system will be disrupted!

Metro Maintenance 2016

The DC Metro has started a major program of emergency repairs and maintenance called "SafeTrack". "SafeTrack" will bring many advantages in the long run, but in 2016 it will bring a year of Public Transportation Chaos to the DC Metro Area. The initial "SafeTrack" schedule shows no disruptions near the North Bethesda Marriott and Conference center, and shows clear track between the conference venue and Reagan National Airport, restaurants in Bethesda and Rockville, and downtown DC. However, we strongly suggest checking the "SafeTrack" site before using Metro in 2016.