Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI)
Welcome to Baltimore Washington Airport! Originally named Friendship International Airport, BWI was dedicated by President Truman on June 24, 1950. It is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and many airlines moved to the new airport from Baltimore Municipal Airport. In 1958, it expanded its service to include jets, which was only the beginning of its expansion. Later, in 1972, the state of Maryland purchased the airport from Baltimore and it was renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). The staff grew from three employees to more than 200! There were immediate plans to upgrade, improve and modernize the airport facilities, which helped bring to life the airport that still stands today.
BWI Airport has a great feel for the importance of customer experience. It provides a number of family restrooms, pet relief areas, and an observation area between concourses B and C with great views of the airfield and even aviation exhibits. There is also a meditation room and a trail alongside the airport, which offers a route up to 12 miles for cycling, jogging or strolling whilst you kill time.
The airport also has five courses that serve multiple airlines with various gift shops and eateries inside.
BWI was ranked one of the "Top 10 Easiest U.S. Airports to Get to" by Aviaton.com in 2007. There are shuttle services, taxis and buses available with pick-up and drop-off stops along the Eastern Shore and scattered throughout Western Maryland. There are also a wide selection of private car, rental car and cab services that can drive to local hotels for overnight travellers.
BWI Rail Station, served by Amtrak, is available about a mile from the airport terminal. A free shuttle bus connects the train station from the airport terminals. If you would like to visit local industrial attractions by train, Penn Station is about twenty minutes away while Union Station in Washington DC is thirty-five minutes away.
Located just minutes from BWI Marshall, The Hotels at BWI are in close proximitiy to Baltimore and Washington, DC. There are more than 40 hotels such as Courtyard by Marriott and Embassy Suites.
Baltimore, Maryland has a lot to offer for recreational and business visitors. It has a huge amount to offer the tourist including the vibrant Harbor area home to restaurants, museums, pubs and live entertainment. Baltimore is multicultural, family and gay friendly. Specific things to visit in Baltimore include: Harborplace, the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, Baltimore Zoo, Fort McHenry, Morris A Mechanic Theatre and the Baltimore Civil War Museum.
Baltimore is also a very easy City to get around. There are 40’000 parking spaces in the city and there is even a fleet of free shuttles that you can ride.
For business visitors Baltimore is home to state of the art conference facilities and dozens of convention facilities including the Baltimore Convention Centre. There a huge number of quality hotels In Baltimore and the harbor area in particular offers a diverse and wonderful dining experience.