Traveling to National History Day
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - BWI
Ground Transportation BWI has numerous shuttle companies operating from the lower level of the airport. There is a ground transportation desk located on the baggage claim level. This desk can assist travelers with cabs, private cars, and vans. The BWI website can provide in-depth information. In addition, the B30 bus is an easy solution that runs from BWI to the Greenbelt Metro station. This is one stop away from the College Park-UMD Metro station on the Green line. For bus details and schedule, click here.
Rail Transportation Travelers can also catch Amtrak or MARC commuter trains from the airport. From the airport, take the train to the New Carrollton station. Exit the train and go to the Metro line at the same train station. Board the Metro and ride the Orange Line toward Vienna. Transfer to the Green Line at L'Enfant Plaza. Take the Green Line toward Greenbelt. Exit the Metro at College Park-UMD. The campus is located 1.5 miles from the metrorail station.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - DCA
Ground Transportation DCA has different shuttles operating from the lower level. The main company operating from DCA is Super Shuttle. They can be contacted in advance by calling 800-BLUE-VAN or go to the Super Shuttle website. Information can also be obtained through the airport's website.
Metro Transportation The Washington Metro (subway) stops at DCA. Travelers can board the Metro from the middle level of the airport. Take the Yellow Line toward Gallery Place. You can transfer to the Green Line at either L'Enfant Plaza or Gallery Place. Take the Green Line toward Greenbelt and exit at College Park-UMD. The campus is located 1.5 miles from the metrorail station. The website for Washington's Metrorail system has system maps and schedules.
Dulles International Airport - IAD
Ground Transportation Ground transportation from IAD will be slightly more expensive than from BWI or DCA. Transportation can be arranged using the information kiosks on the baggage claim level. For more information, visit the airport's website.
Rail Transportation The Silver Line Express bus provides service between Dulles and the Metro Silver Line's Wiehle-Reston East station. The schedule for the shuttle can be found by clicking here. Board the Silver Line toward Largo Town Center. Then transfer to the Green Line at L'Enfant Plaza. Take the Green Line toward Greenbelt. Exit at College Park-UMD. The campus is located 1.5 miles from the metrorail station.
Rail and Taxi Service
Amtrak serves the D.C. area. Visit Amtrak's website. The closest station to the University is New Carrollton, where you will need to take a taxi or ride the Metro to the campus. At the New Carollton Station, board the Metro and ride the Orange Line toward Vienna. Transfer to the Green Line at L'Enfant Plaza. Take the Green Line toward Greenbelt. Exit the Metro at College Park-UMD. The campus is located 1.5 miles from the metrorail station. Alternatively, you may arrive at Union Station in downtown Washington, D.C., but a taxi would cost more from there. You could take the Metro (see below) from Union Station to College Park-UMD, then take a taxi or a University of Maryland shuttle bus to campus. For detailed directions on how to reach College Park by car, please see the website for Conference and Visitor Services at the University of Maryland or consult a map for the major roads to reach the Washington Beltway (I-495/I-95).
Metrorail Subway System
There is a Metro (subway) station in College Park. It is located across U.S. Route 1. We have arranged for university shuttles to take National History Day participants, families, and friends to and from the Stamp Student Union and the Metro station. Complete shuttle schedules will be printed in the Contest Program, which will be available in the Stamp Student Union. You can also see the NHD shuttle schedules here. When the shuttle is not operating, you may (1) walk to the College Park station, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the residence halls; (2) drive to the College Park station where you'll find long-term parking on the south side of Paint Branch Parkway; or (3) catch a Metrobus at the Student Union and go to the Greenbelt Metro Station. More information about Metrobus is available at the Student Union information desk. Check out Metro's Web site for system maps, schedules and other useful information.
Driving Directions to Campus
From the Beltway, take exit 25B and go south toward College Park on U.S. Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue). If traveling south on 1-95 from the Baltimore/New York area, take exit 27 and follow the signs to U.S. 1 South toward College Park. If your destination is the Stamp Student Union for registration, enter via Campus Drive, the first entrance to campus on Rt. 1. When you reach the traffic circle, Campus Drive will continue on the other side of the circle. The Stamp Student Union is located on the right side of Campus Drive, three stop signs after the traffic circle. For registration, park in the Union Lane Parking Garage, located on the west side of the Stamp Student Union, near Cole Field House. If your destination is LaPlata Hall for after-hours housing check-in, follow the same directions above to the traffic circle. Take the first right onto Regents Drive, and go past the Regents Drive Parking Garage. At the second stop sign, turn left onto Farm Drive. Follow the road to La Plata Hall, which will be on your left.
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