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Traveling to National History Day

Traveling to the Washington, D.C. area is easy! Numerous forms of transportation are available, including public transportation. Whether traveling by plane, train, automobile, or bus, you can get to the nation's capital.Ground and rail transportation are available from all three Washington-area airports to the University of Maryland. Listed below are various options for traveling from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Ronald Reagan National, or Dulles International airports to the University of Maryland. All three airports are served by various shuttle companies, and many have public transporation options as well. 

 Southwest Discount

Southwest Airlines® is proud to be the Official Airline of National History Day  and to offer a special discount to those traveling to/from Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Washington DC Dulles (IAD), and Reagan (DCA) airports to /from all scheduled Southwest Airlines service.

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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 web site can provide in-depth information.

Rail Transportation
Travelers can 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 locally 703.416.7873. 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 Web site 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
There is a regular shuttle service from IAD to the West Falls Church Metro station. The schedule for the shuttle can be found by clicking here. Board the Orange Line toward New Carrollton. 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. Call 1-800-872-7245 for automated information on schedules and rates, or visit Amtrak's Web site. The closest station to the University is New Carrollton, where you will need to take a taxi to the campus. 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, 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 Web site 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. 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-hour 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.

To view a printable Campus Map of the University of Maryland, click here.

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