Top 5 Sites to See While at NASP Conference

Popular attractions of Washington, DC that may interest specialty pharmacists.

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) annual meeting gathers specialty pharmacists from all over the country in Washington, DC, from September 26 through the 28, 2016.

It features 30 educational sessions, and 8 hours of exhibit and networking time to ensure those who attend have the most beneficial experience as possible.

Between sessions and at the end of the day, there may be time to explore the nation’s capital. Below are the most popular sites to see while at NASP.

  • White House

The White House has been home to every president since 1801 and is considered one of the country’s most famous buildings. Tours of the White House are free, and can be scheduled through Members of Congress.

If a tour is not available during NASP, a virtual tour can be experienced online.

  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

The site includes memorials for various wars and presidents, as well as museums. Included in this site are famous structures, such as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, for 2 of our most influential presidents.

Additionally, multiple museums exist in this space, including the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Air and Space Museum. The frequently visited national park is free to the public.

  • US Capitol Building

This is a popular and interesting place to visit while in Washington, DC for NASP, because this is the place where the Senate and the House present legislation that could have a significant impact on specialty pharmacy. Both galleries are open to the public, but special visitor’s passes are required prior to entry.

Exhibition Hall, located in the US Capitol Visitor Center, features original documents, artifacts, models, interactives, and 2 small theatres that provide visitors with history about the Capitol and Congress. During NASP, there are multiple events going on, such as an outdoor grounds tour, and a tour of the Senate wing of the Capitol building decorated by Constantino Brumidi.

  • National Zoo

This 163-acre zoo is home to more than 1500 animals of various species, and is free of charge. The zoo features different exhibits that range from the Cheetah Conservation Station, to the Asia Trail. The zoo attracts more than 2 million visitors each year, making it the Smithsonian’s most popular tourist destination. During NASP, programs such as meet-a-small mammal and Amazon fish feeding are available to attend.

  • Rock Creek Park

This park features fresh air and hiking trails that are perfect for the specialty pharmacist who enjoys the outdoors and staying fit. The Nature Center at the park is the home to a planetarium, and a nature exhibit of animals and plants found in the park. The park also includes the Old Stone House, which was built in 1765, and is the oldest structure in Washington, DC, and Pierce Mill, which was built in the 1820s as an grist mill.