Mary M. Gates Learning Center

Alexandria, Virginia

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For your convenience, we've compiled general information about visiting the Mary M. Gates Learning Center at the United Way Worldwide office in Alexandria, Virginia. This information is subject to change and does not reflect arrangements that are made for specific programs hosted in this building.

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to Alexandria and is only about 15 minutes from any of the hotels listed below. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Dulles International Airport (IAD), which sometimes offer significantly lower fares, are approximately an hour drive from Alexandria. If you arrive from either of these airports, expect to make use of a shuttle service, taxi, rental car, or public transportation to reach your hotel.

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Amtrak has rail stations in Alexandria and Washington, D.C. For fares and schedules, please call 800-872-7245 or visit their website.

The MARC train runs from BWI into Washington, D.C.’s Union Station for less than $10 on Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., with limited service on weekends. From Union Station, you can take the metro to Alexandria. For more information visit the Maryland Transit Administration website.

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There are multiple transportation options within the Washington, D.C. region.

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Lyft serves all airports in the D.C. area and Union Station. Use the Lyft app to get matched with local drivers who can pick you up in a matter of minutes. 

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Multiple cab companies are available for your transportation needs. Local Alexandria taxi services include:

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Bus & Metro

Visitors can use trains, buses, or a combination of the two to get around the area. Check out the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website to get more details about exploring Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. For information on Alexandria’s local bus transit, visit the DASH bus website. Please remember to bring cash for the bus fare.

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If you are traveling to Alexandria for an event at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center, you may stay at a hotel of your choice. For your reference, we have included a list of local hotels below. We recommend that you reserve your room early because hotel availability is often limited in the Washington, D.C. area. Room reservations can usually be cancelled within 24 hours of arrival, but please check with your hotel for their specific cancellation policies.

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Holiday Inn and Suites

Hotel Name: Holiday Inn and Suites
Address: 625 First Street
Phone: 703-548-6300
Amenities Info: Free shuttle service is available to/from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Alexandria’s King Street. Other amenities include a fitness center with an indoor/outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast buffet, discounted parking, and wireless Internet access in guestrooms and public space. Located five blocks from the MGLC.

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Hotel Indigo

Hotel Name: Hotel Indigo
Address: 220 South Union Street
Phone: 1-877-846-3446
Amenities Info: Hotel Indigo is conveniently located between the brand-new Waterfront Park and cobblestone streets of Old Town Alexandria. Just minutes away from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Interstate 495, Hotel Indigo also features easy access to D.C.

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Sheraton Suites Alexandria

Hotel Name: Sheraton Suites Alexandria
Address: 801 North Saint Asaph Street
Phone: 703-836-4700
Amenities Info: Free shuttle service is available to/from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Complimentary amenities include a full American breakfast, indoor pool and fitness facility, business center, parking, and access to the club lounge based on availability. Located three blocks from the MGLC.

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The Alexandrian

Hotel Name: The Alexandrian
Address: 480 King Street
Phone: 703-549-6080
Amenities Info: This pet-friendly boutique hotel is located in the middle of Old Town Alexandria. It is 0.6 miles from the MGLC and one mile from the King Street Metro and Amtrak stations. Amenities include morning coffee/tea service, Internet, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary shuttle service to/from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) upon request. Complimentary shuttle service to the MGLC is available if arranged 48 hours prior to arrival at The Alexandrian.

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PLEASE NOTE that all information on this page is provided as a courtesy only. Inclusion on this general information page does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from United Way Worldwide. All travel arrangements made are at the discretion of the passenger and service provider.

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