Baltimore, Maryland is located at the crossroads of the Mid-Atlantic region and easily accessible by air, rail and highway. And once you arrive, the city is easily walkable, or as the locals say, “in Baltimore, you’re just two feet away from everything.”
Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center. After a decline in major manufacturing, industrialization and rail transportation, Baltimore shifted to a service-oriented economy, with the Johns Hopkins Hospital (founded 1889), and Johns Hopkins University (founded 1876), now the city’s top two employers.
The Conference venue, Mt. Washington Conference Center, is just north of the city center and offers a blend of both countryside quiet and the city attractions. Combining over a century of educational traditions with progressive design and technology, the Center is an ideal setting for communicating and sharing ideas.
With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed “a city of neighborhoods,” but is more commonly known as “Charm City.” The talents of writers Edgar Allan Poe and H.L. Mencken, musician James Hubert “Eubie” Blake, and singer Billie Holiday influenced it; each called Baltimore “home.” Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history. Yet, they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with “down to earth, small town” spirit and hospitality.
The Inner Harbor is a short ride for the Conference venue on the Light Rail and offers a scenic waterfront recreation area with an array of specialty shops, trendy restaurants and popular attractions. From there a short water taxi ride away is Little Italy, a pasta lover’s paradise, as well as Fells Point, Baltimore’s old English neighborhood with cobblestone streets, unique shops and quaint pubs.
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Three major airports serve Baltimore: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland, as well as Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Just 15 minutes from downtown, BWI Thurgood Marshall offers more than 650 flights daily to more than 70 destinations. The airport features easy access to the Light Rail as well as the BWI Amtrak Station.
Baltimore is easily accessible by both train and car and is within driving distance of more than one-third of the nation's population. Baltimore's Penn Station is one of Amtrak's busiest stations, serving more than 855,000 guests each year. Amtrak trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Baltimore is a major stop for Amtrak's high-speed Acela Express service.
A free, hybrid bus service, the Charm City Circulator features four routes that intersect in downtown Baltimore and connect to other transit such as the Light Rail, MARC, Metro Subway and the Baltimore Water Taxi.