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Explore National Harbor and Washington, D.C.

The setting for the 2019 Vascular Annual Meeting provides plenty of opportunities for fun before and after the meeting for attendees, and during VAM, for family members.

VAM takes place in National Harbor, Md., near Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C.

National Harbor itself, comprised of 350 acres along the Potomac River, includes spectacular views, 160-plus shops and restaurants, a marina, the Capital Wheel Ferris wheel, which soars 180 feet above the ground, and an Americana-themed 36-foot carousel.

For those who prefer not to drive, National Harbor’s water taxis service Washington, D.C., Georgetown and Alexandria. The latter is known for its history and 18th- and 19th Century architecture and boasts the Old Town Alexandria neighborhood dating to the mid-1700s. The national historic district has cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks, restaurants, boutiques, museums and nine historic sites.

And let’s not forget nearby Washington, D.C., the country’s power center. Visitors can immerse themselves in U.S. history, visiting dozens of monuments and historic sites, such as the National Mall; Washington Monument; the U.S. Capitol; the Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR Memorials; Arlington National Cemetery; memorials to the Korean and Vietnam wars and World War II; the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial; the National Air and Space Museum and the 11 museums — and National Zoo — that comprise the Smithsonian Institution.

For baseball fans, the Washington Nationals will be home June 13 to 23.