Trip Planner

The 2018 Evangelicals for Life conference and the 45th annual March for Life will combine as a unique opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless and to become better equipped to uphold a whole-life, pro-life ethic. We look forward to seeing you in January! But to make the most of your EFL experience, we suggest that you keep a few things in mind before you leave your door for D.C.

Here are some quick tips to help you pack and plan accordingly.

What to Wear

All Evangelicals for Life main sessions and breakout sessions will be held in the warmth of climate-controlled, indoor space. No specific attire is expected of attendees, but please give careful thought to attire for the March for Life.

Historically, winter has served up all kinds of Washington weather during the March for Life—sometimes sunshine and balmy temps, but more often cold and wind, rain and snow. In the inaugural year of Evangelicals for Life, the historic blizzard of 2016 bore down on Washington even as the March was underway. While that storm was record-breaking in scope, it is a reminder that any kind of weather is possible in late January in D.C.

So, what to expect? The best advice: Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.

With that in mind, here are some key items to pack for the March:

  • Winter coat
  • Layers of clothing, including thermals
  • Hat or ear warmers
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Hand and feet warmers (these will be available for purchase in the LifeWay Bookstore)
  • Warm socks
  • Boots
  • Umbrella
  • Poncho


All Evangelicals for Life conference events—main sessions and breakout sessions—will be held in the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.

The March for Life will be held Friday, January 19, 2018, on the National Mall, during a block of time built into the Evangelicals for Life conference. All EFL attendees who are able to march are encouraged to do so.

The March for Life rally will begin at 12 p.m. on the National Mall, near the corner of 12th Street NW and Madison Drive NW. The March itself will begin at 1 p.m., starting from the rally site and proceeding along the Mall before concluding at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The rally/march site is a short walk from the JW Marriott. As you exit through the main hotel entrance, walk south (turn left) along 14th Street for one and a half blocks, until you reach Madison Drive NW. Then turn left at Madison Drive NW and proceed east for one block. Or simply follow the crowd!

More details on the March for Life available here.

How to Get Here

If you will be traveling with a large group by bus, you likely won’t have to give much thought as to where to go and how to get here. “Follow the leader” might serve as your motto. But if you will be leading a group, or traveling solo or as part of a smaller group, a little direction is important.


Three major airports service greater Washington, D.C.

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to D.C., located just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital in Arlington, Virginia. Taxi or Uber ground transportation makes for a relatively simple and quick way to get from the airport to the District’s downtown and National Mall, as well as the JW Marriott. The Metro, D.C.’s subway system, also offers service from the airport to D.C. and the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), a second airport option for travelers, is located about 35 miles north of the District, in Maryland, a roughly 45-minute to 1-hour drive from DC during non-rush hour periods. (Anticipate much longer travel time during morning and evening rush hour.) BWI is accessible via taxi, bus, van/shuttle, and rail services. More information on ground transportation is available here.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), a third airport servicing greater Washington, D.C., is located about 27 miles, or 45 minutes to 1 hour (non-rush hour) by automobile, outside downtown D.C. in Northern Virginia. The District is accessible from the region’s largest airport via the Metrorail system (bus connection from airport), as well as Shared-Ride Van Services, Washington Flyer Taxi Service, and other forms of public transportation. More info on ground transportation is available here.


Union Station functions as the District’s hub for all rail service, including Amtrak, MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service), and VRE (Virginia Rail Express). Metrorail also services Union Station. More information on train services here.


Perhaps the most efficient way to get around the District is via the capital region’s subway system, officially known as the Metro. Each Metro rider must enter and egress fare gates with a reloadable SmarTrip card, which functions like a debit card for rider use throughout the system. SmarTrip cards can be purchased at any Metro station.

The Metro Trip Planner is a helpful resource for identifying train schedules and planning your routes. Metro Center (serviced by the Orange, Silver, Blue, and Red lines) is the nearest Metro station to the JW Marriott (0.4 miles).


Metrobus is D.C.’s primary public bus agency, connecting riders to more than 11,500 stops via more than 1,500 buses throughout the metropolitan area. The Metro’s SmarTrip cards function interchangeably for use on Metrobus. For sightseeing, numerous bus companies offer tours of the city.

Where to Eat

While you’re here in D.C., be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants around town. Here are some of our D.C. staff’s favorite restaurants, along with what Metro lines are close by: 

  • Ted’s Bulletin (14th Street) | Metro: U Street (green/yellow lines)
  • Ted’s Bulletin (Capitol Hill) | Metro: Eastern Market (blue/orange/silver lines)
  • Lincoln’s Waffle Shop | Metro: Metro Center (blue/orange/silver lines)
  • Le Diplomate | Metro: U Street (green/yellow lines)
  • El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria | Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center (green/yellow lines)
  • Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken | within walking distance from the JW Marriott | Metro: Metro Center (blue/orange/silver lines)
  • &pizza | within walking distance from the JW Marriott | Metro: Metro Center (red/blue/orange/silver lines)
  • GCDC The Grilled Cheese Bar | within walking distance from the JW Marriott | Metro: Farragut West (blue/orange/silver lines)
  • DBGB | Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (red/green/yellow lines)
  • The Monocle | Metro: Union Station (red line)
  • Old Ebbitt Grill | within walking distance from the JW Marriott | Metro: Metro Center (red/blue/orange/silver lines)
  • The Hamilton | within walking distance from the JW Marriott | Metro: Metro Center (red/blue/orange/silver lines)
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl | Metro: U Street (green/yellow lines)
  • Paul (Columbia Square) | within walking distance from the JW Marriott | Metro: Metro Center (red/blue/orange/silver lines)
  • Good Stuff Eatery | Metro: Capitol South (blue, orange, silver lines)
  • We the Pizza | Metro: Capitol South (blue, orange, silver lines)

What to See on the Side

If you have extra time surrounding the Evangelicals for Life conference, you may want to take in a tour or explore some of the many D.C. sites and historic attractions.


White House and U.S. Capitol building tours can be scheduled through your U.S. representative. However, tours are generally booked well in advance, so it is it advisable to request a tour as far in advance as possible. You can find your representative’s information here.

For a different view of the capital’s sites, consider taking a guided or self-guided walking tour of the National Mall. The Mall stretches about two miles from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial. Packed in and around that lengthy stretch are numerous monuments of history and working government buildings. While the Capitol and National Park Police patrol these areas, tourists should remain alert and use common sense when walking at night.

Most sites and museums along the Mall are located within walking distance of Metro stations. Here is a sampling of key sites and museums, followed by nearest Metro stations.


White House | McPherson Square, Farragut North, Farragut West

U.S. Capitol Building | Capitol South, Union Station

Senate Office Buildings | Union Station, Capitol South

House Office Buildings | Capitol South, Union Station

U.S. Supreme Court | Capitol South, Union Station

Library of Congress | Capitol South, Union Station

Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, DC War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial | Smithsonian (20-30 minute walk on the Mall from the Smithsonian station to the Lincoln Memorial, passing each of the other monuments and memorials listed here)

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial | Smithsonian (15-20 minute walk)


Smithsonian museums on or near the National Mall (all FREE admission)

African American History & Culture | Federal Triangle, Smithsonian

African Art Museum | Smithsonian

Air and Space Museum | L’Enfant Plaza

American Art Museum Portrait Gallery | Gallery Place-Chinatown

American History Museum | Federal Triangle, Smithsonian

American Indian Museum | L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | Smithsonian

Freer Gallery of Art | Smithsonian

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | L’Enfant Plaza

Natural History Museum | Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian

National Postal Museum | Union Station

Smithsonian Castle | Smithsonian

Renwick Gallery | Farragut West

Ripley Center International Gallery | Smithsonian

Other museums on or near the National Mall

Ford’s Theatre | Metro Center, Gallery Place–Chinatown, Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter

Museum of the Bible | Federal Center SW

National Archives |Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian (Admission: free)

National Gallery of Art | Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter (Admission: free)

Newseum | Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter (Admission: $13.95–$22.95)

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum | Smithsonian (Admission: free)