If you have time to play, the BWI Region is your perfect home base for exploring Washington, DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore. A major hub for Southwest Airlines, BWI Thurgood Marshall makes it easy to convene regional, national and international meetings and events in the BWI Region. If you book a room at one of the many BWI and Arundel Mills area hotels that offer shuttle service to Amtrak, MARC train and Light Rail service, you’ll be able to take full advantage of your leisure time when work is through.
Getting into DC is a snap. Simply take the hotel shuttle to BWI Airport’s MARC train station and board a train to Union Station. Once at Union Station, DC’s entire metro system is at your disposal. The Red Line provides easy access to the National Mall, home of the White House, the Capitol building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums. Change to the Green Line to explore the Southwest Waterfront – home of the new and trendy Wharf. The Orange Line will take you to George Washington University and the ever-popular Georgetown Waterfront.
If you’ve set your sights on Baltimore, head north on the Light Rail line from BWI Airport to Charm City’s Inner Harbor. It’s home to the National Aquarium, Science Center and Fort McHenry, a national monument and historic site that played a pivotal role in defending Baltimore from British invasion during the War of 1812. A short walk east takes you to Camden Yards at Oriole’s Park and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. For some history and culture, stroll a few blocks north to Mount Vernon. Don’t miss the Walters Art Museum, Washington Monument, and the George Peabody Library. As the sun sets, Mount Vernon’s nightlife takes center stage at a host of bars, restaurants, and clubs with a style and energy that will keep you coming back for more.
If you want to get out on the water, a visit to America’s Sailing Capital is a must. Located just 15 miles from the BWI Region, Annapolis is the gateway to North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Take a public sail, cruise the Annapolis harbor, kayak or people-watch at Ego Alley. Then, tour the U.S. Naval Academy, visit the oldest State House in continuous legislative use, check out the home of a Declaration of Independence signer – or simply stroll the brick-lined street of the Museum without Walls that features more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation. If you work up an appetite, Maryland’s capital city is home to dozens of restaurants serving the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay.