Getting to NHD
Approximately 40 Vermonters from across the state attend NHD each year. Some drive to College Park, Maryland; others fly or take the train. Some stay on or near campus; others stay in Washington, D.C. Once you are there, the Metro is a great way to get around town.
Getting to NHD Registration
Registration is in the Stamp Student Union. It is a confusing building - but look for the stairs or elevator to take you up to the Colony Ballroom on the 2nd floor. This is where you can register, pick up information about your judging time and location, get your dorm room key and meal pass, or buy a parking pass. (If you are staying on campus, you get your parking pass at the dorm.)
Exhibit judging will also be in the Stamp Student Union in the Grand Ballroom and Atrium. And there's a food court downstairs if you need a snack. The street address of Stamp Student Union is 3972 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742.
If you need to park during registration on Sunday, a good place to park is on the other side of the Cole Field House in the lots marked Z. This is faculty/staff parking that is available on weekends (or it has been in the past). But DO NOT park here during judging or weekdays, even if there are lots of empty spots, because you will get a $75 parking ticket. (Learn more about parking during NHD.) Always read ALL the signs before parking anywhere on campus!
Getting around during NHD
Use the TerpNav Pedestrian Map System to get around campus.
Use the WMATA Metro System to get to and from Washington, D.C.
It's really easy to get to D.C. on the Metro. Take the shuttle from campus to the College Park Metro station. Then take the Green Line into the city. You will have to change trains to visit the Zoo or the Smithsonian. But it's not too complicated and not too expensive. See a map of the system.
Getting to Campus
If you fly to NHD, there are a couple of options depending on which airport you use. Public transportation on the Metro system is the cheapest option. You can also take the Metro from the train station.
If you are flying to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) on weekends, you can no longer take the cheap and easy bus. For public transportation, you can take the MTA/MARC shuttle to the Amtrak station and then take the train (Northeast Regional) to Union Station and then take the Metro (Red Line towards Glenmont and transfer to the Green Line towards Greenbelt) to College Park. (The Acela train is faster, but much more expensive.) Cost - about $20 one way.
During the week, you can take the B30 Bus from the airport to the Greenbelt Metro Station. Then take the Green Line one stop to the College Park Station and take the free University of Maryland Metro shuttle to the Stamp Student Union. Details or bus schedule. Cost - $7.50 one way.
If you are flying to Reagan National Airport (DCA), you can take the metro directly from the airport to College Park. Take the Yellow Line (towards Georgia Avenue), transfer at Gallery Place/Chinatown to the Green Line (towards Greenbelt). Get off at the College Park Station and take the free University of Maryland Metro shuttle to the Stamp Student Union. Details. Cost - about $5.00 one way.
If you are flying to Dulles International Airport (IAD), take the Silver Line Express bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. Take the Silver Line (towards Largo Town Center), change to the Green Line (towards Greenbelt) at L'Enfant Plaza. Take the Green Line to the College Park Station and then take the free University of Maryland Metro shuttle to the Stamp Student Union. Details. Cost - about $9.00 one way.
You can also take a Super Shuttle from all three airports. Cost depends on number of people; budget around $25-35 per person round trip, depending on the airport and size of group.
Uber and Lyft are also popular options in the greater D.C. area. Get an Uber fare estimate or learn more about Lyft (from Reagan or Dulles) or Lyft (from BWI). It looks like the cost starts from $35-$60 depending on airport and size of vehicle.
If you are staying off campus, check to see if your hotel offers a shuttle to and from the nearest Metro station.