Venue and Transportation

The 33rd International Symposium on Human Identification will be held at the Gaylord National Harbor located just outside of Washington DC. Standing on the banks of the Potomac River, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center welcomes guests to an upscale experience in a premier location only minutes from local attractions like the Capital Wheel, MGM National Harbor, and Tanger Outlets.

Please note that government rate rooms are for U.S. government employees only and identification will be required upon check-in. Please contact Tara Luther with any questions.

SCAM ALERT- You may receive an official looking email from a company called Global Expo Travel offering discounted rates at hotels in the Washington DC area. This company is not affiliated with ISHI and has not been authorized to represent the conference. If you have booked a room through Global Expo Travel, Travel Partners International or another 3rd party supplier be aware that these companies book rooms for a commission and the hotels they recommend may not be up to the standards you are expecting. You may be left without a room or given a substandard room without the ability to request a refund or remedy.


For those booking government rate rooms, please note that there are two separate links for government rate rooms this year. The rate changes from $257 in October to $188 in November, so you will need to make a reservation for your room in each month. The hotel will then consolidate your reservations so that you will not be required to switch rooms during your stay.

Those booking a standard room will only need to make one reservation.

Book government rate: October    Book government rate: November    Book a Standard Rate Room


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located 6.9 miles east of Gaylord National Harbor. The hotel does not provide a shuttle service.

Taxi: The typical fare from the airport to is ~$28 each way.

Ride Share: Uber, Lyft, and Via offer transportation services to passengers arriving to and departing from Reagan National Airport.  For rides departing Reagan National customers should use their smartphone to select the appropriate pick up level and zone, and coordinate directly with their driver.  Green flags located outside on the terminal curb designate the appropriate pick-up loading zones.

  • Terminal A: Customers can meet their ride on the third (outer) curb.
  • Terminal B/C: Customers can meet their ride on either the Baggage Claim (Arrivals) Level-1st Floor or the Ticketing/Check-In (Departures) Level-3rd Floor.
  • Rental Car Center: Customers can meet their ride at the designated pick-up and drop-off location across from the Rental Car Shuttle Bus shelter located on National Avenue.