Stuck on a layover at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)? The airport is located roughly 10 miles from Baltimore’s city center, and about 30 miles from Washington, D.C. which makes both cities accessible for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Baltimore layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the Baltimore airport during your layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied during your wait. You can find the airport’s many shops and restaurants, and ATM machines, listed by terminal here. There’s a Travelex currency exchange located in the main concourse, a Customer Service Center is located on the upper level of the terminal near Concourse D, a conference room that is available for rental, and a meditation room is located on the upper level between Concourses D and E.
There is an Observation Gallery located on the airport’s upper level in the hallway behind the ticket counters between Concourses B and C where you can find aviation exhibits, and views of the airfield. In the same area is the Thurgood Marshall Tribute, an exhibit on life of this great civil rights activist. In addition, you can find the historic Benson Hammond House on the airport grounds.
If you’re looking to stretch your legs, check out the BWI bike trail which runs along the north side of the airport and offers a great view of the runway. You can find a bike rack outside the international terminal.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the airport is host to the Four Points hotel. Located within the airport, the hotel has complimentary overnight parking, 24-hour shuttle service and free High Speed Internet Access. For a comprehensive list of Baltimore hotels of varying price points, click here, and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re looking to leave the airport and travel into Baltimore or further to Washington, D.C., there are a number of transportation options. For taxi, bus, rail, shuttle and rental car information from the airport, click here for more information.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On Your Baltimore Layover:
World Observation Tower
Want to get a great view of the city and learn about the history of Baltimore? On the 27th floor of the World Trade Center in Baltimore, the word’s tallest pentagonal building, you can get an awesome view of Maryland.
This Civil War ship was restored and now resides in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Spend some time checking out this national icon, getting tours, seeing live cannon firings and more.
Fort McHenry National Monument
The Fort McHenry National Monument is one of Baltimore’s most famous landmarks, inspiring Francis Scott key to write the United States’ national anthem. For a schedule of events, click here.
Baltimore Museum of Art
Considered to be a world-class art museum and one of the country’s best, here you can find artwork from the world’s top, most prominent artists. To learn about their current and upcoming exhibitions, click here.
None of these interest you? Click here for a list of 50 free things to do in Baltimore!
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Tours
If you want to see the sights in a short period of time, a tour might be your best bets. There are tons to choose from including sightseeing tours, day cruises, walking and biking tours, photo tours, food tours, and lots more!
There’s tons of monuments to see in the U.S. Capital. To see a map of the city monuments, click here. At the top of any visitor’s list is the Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. Here’s a full list of monuments.
With over 19 museums, there’s tons to do at the Smithsonian. Pick up a map at the Smithsonian Institution Building and decide among the mriad possiblities – everything from science and technology to history, art and design.
White House and U.S. Capital
The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. and you can arrange a tour by making a request through one of your members of Congress at least a month in advance. Without any planning, you can visit the White House Visitor Center (southeast corner of 15th and E Streets) which is open daily from 7:30 a. m. until 4 p.m.
Stroll along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown – Washington D.C.’s oldest neighborhood. It’s a great place for some shopping, stop for a drink in a bar, or to grab a bite to eat.
Have suggestions or advice for a Baltimore Layover? Leave a comment below!