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PIUG 2010 Annual Conference
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Saturday, May 1 to Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hilton Baltimore Convention Center
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: +1 443-573-8700

Travel Information

Planes, Trains and Automobiles | Conference Hotel Information | Selected Points of Interest | Useful Baltimore Links

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

By car

Onsite parking at the hotel is available - both self and valet. Daily fees apply. Driving in downtown Baltimore is no fun, but if you must …

From Interstate 95 North in Maryland (from DC & VA)
Get off at exit 52 for RUSSELL ST. N. Merge onto I-395 N. Go 0.6 miles
Take a slight LEFT at BALTIMORE-WASHIGNTON PKWY/RUSSELL ST.
Continue on B-W Pkwy for 1.2 miles
Turn RIGHT onto W. PRATT ST. Go <0.1 miles
End at hotel on right.

From Interstate 95 South (JFK Memorial Hwy) in Maryland (from Philadelphia, DE, NJ, and points farther north
Get off at exit 53 for I-395 N / M L KING BLVD toward Downtown
Continue on I-395 for 1.1 miles
Turn LEFT on W. CAMDEN ST.
After 0.2 mile turn RIGHT on S. PACA ST
Take the first RIGHT onto W. PRATT
End at hotel on right.

From the direction of York PA via Interstate 83
Take I-83 (Jones Falls Expressway) South
Take the FAYETTE ST exit (Exit 1). Go <0.1 mile
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E. FAYETTE ST.
Continue on E. Fayette to W. Fayette for 1.0 mile
Turn LEFT on N. GREENE ST; continue 0.3 mile
Turn LEFT on W. PRATT ST
End at hotel on right.

By train

Amtrak to Baltimore Penn Station is inexpensive, reliable and very convenient. Trains arrive here from Wilmington DE, Philadelphia PA, Trenton NJ, Princeton NJ, Newark NJ, New York NY and New England. Check the Amtrak website for schedules. The Amtrak station is about 2.5 mi = 4.1 km from the hotel. Taxi fare to the hotel from the Amtrak station is about $9.00. Estimated drive time 10 min.

By air

BWI - Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD, USA
BWI Marshall is showcased in a list of the "Top Ten Easiest U.S. Airports To Get To" by Aviation.com, according to the BWI web site. It is a major hub for AirTran, Southwest and US Airways. Airfares to BWI tend to be on the low side. Although it is called "International Airport", the only city we could find outside the US and Canada that is serviced by BWI is London.
Useless trivia; When James Bond arrived in the US in the movie Dr. No, he arrived at BWI. It is unlikely that he is still waiting for his suitcase.
Directions: via I-95N - see directions above
Transportation costs (one way, round trip):

DCA - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, DC, USA
If you can get to Reagan National, you can probably get to BWI. Travel time to the hotel from BWI will be less, and airfare is likely to be cheaper.
Distance to hotel: 42.2 miles
Directions: I-395N/US 1 N to I-295S (11th St. Bridge) to DC-295N to B-W Parkway, onto W. Pratt St.
Transportation costs (one way, round trip):

IAD - Washington Dulles International Airport, VA, USA
For people who are arriving from outside the US, Canada and London, if you fly non-stop, you will probably arrive in Dulles.
Distance to hotel: 61.3 miles
Directions: VA-267 to I-495; keep left. Merge onto Capital Beltway/I-495 to I 95N; continue with directions above
Transportation costs (one way, round trip):

Conference Hotel Information

Hilton Baltimore Convention Center
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: +1 443-573-8700

  • Conference Rate: $209 + 12.5% tax Single/Double (until March 31) - for check-in dates April 30 - May 6, 2010
  • If you are able to get a better guest rate kindly let us know and please tell the Hilton that you are also with PIUG.

Selected Points of Interest

Babe Ruth Birthplace / Baltimore Orioles Museum, off the 600 block of Pratt St at 216 Emory St. The museum contains Babe Ruth photographs, memorabilia and paintings associated with the Bambino, Maryland's other baseball greats, and the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore Maritime Museum, Inner Harbor at Pier 3 on Pratt St. Includes the submarine USS Torsk, the floating lighthouse USS Chesapeake and the USS Taney.

Baltimore Museum of Art. Includes the Cone collection of modern art, including works by Matisse, Picasso and van Gogh, works from Africa, the Americas and Oceania and more.

Baltimore Public Works museum traces the history and development of the city's public works system. Includes a noted 1912 sewage pumping station.

Baseball: The Baltimore Orioles will be hosting the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards on Saturday, May 1, at 7:05PM and Sunday, May 2, at 1:35PM. For tickets, go to Orioles.com or phone toll free (888) 848-BIRD or at the Box Office (Ticket Office Hours of Operation - Warehouse Box Office (Camden Street) Game Days - Monday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm).

Clyburn Arboretum and Mansion contains several striking gardens and a nature museum.

Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry contains George Washington's lower denture and instruments used to treat Queen Victoria.

Enoch Pratt Free Library contains permanent displays about Edgar Allen Poe and H. L. Mencken.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The US national anthem was inspired by the unsuccessful British attack on the fort during the War of 1812. The fort protected the entrance to Baltimore harbor through every American war through World War II. It is an inspiring place.

National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Jewish Historical Society of Maryland

Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Maryland Science Center

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Top of the World, on the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center, offers a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Exhibits highlight Baltimore's history.

Walters Art Gallery houses more than 25,000 works of art covering 6,000 years. Includes ceramics, enamels, Faberge eggs, tapestries and jewelry. Collections run from the ancient through medieval, Renaissance, the old masters, Asian art and armor.

Useful Baltimore Links

Baltimore is the venue for the 2010 PIUG Annual Conference. Baltimore is vibrant and lively city with many attractions and things to do. Follow the links below to find our more on things to do, places to see, places to shop and places to eat in Baltimore.


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