The Baltimore Convention Center will host the 65th ASHG Annual Meeting. The convention center is located at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Telephone: 410-649-7000.
Rich in history and charm, Baltimore is easy to get to and easy to get around, with a walkable convention campus. Whether you're strolling around the famed Inner Harbor, exploring renowned attractions and museums, dining in its great restaurants, or shopping in nearby neighborhoods, you'll find Baltimore a delightful waterfront city. Learn more about Baltimore by visiting their customized ASHG microsite.
October Weather in Baltimore: 68°F average high, 52°F average low
Currency: U.S. dollar, credit cards, and travelers checks are widely accepted. See Currency Converter for details on current exchange rates.
Taxes: Sales Tax=5.0%, Hotel Tax=8.0%.
Time Zone: U.S. Eastern Time is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5).
Wi-Fi: Free wireless internet is now available for visitors to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a few blocks from the Convention Center. The free wi-fi zone extends along the waterfront promenade from the Rusty Scupper to the west side of the World Trade Center. Free wi-fi and a free charging station are also available at the Baltimore Visitor Center.
Known as Charm City, Baltimore is unique. From its history to its people to the 'Bawlmerese' dialect, it is known for outstanding historical, cultural and culinary experiences. Baltimore is a very walkable city. Locations are clearly marked, with interpretive plaques and directional street signs.Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods each with a distinctive ambiance. Rebecca Hoffberger, founder of the American Visionary Art Museum, has said, “Here, one breathes air that once danced in the lungs of Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, H.L. Mencken, Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Zappa, John Waters and Divine.” Breathe the air of creativity and plan to attend the ASHG Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore. It is serviced by 36 major, commuter, charter, and cargo airlines and receives more than 22 million passengers a year. Learn more about airlines, flights, and airport services by visiting the website at www.bwiairport.com or calling (410) 859-7111.
MARC: Baltimore/Camden Station on the MARC Camden Line is located in downtown Baltimore, two blocks south of the convention center. Baltimore/Penn Station, on the MARC Penn Line, is about two miles north of the convention center. MARC commuter rail services Baltimore, its suburbs, and nearby cities, including Washington, DC; College Park, MD; and Frederick, MD.
Amtrak: Amtrak stations in the Baltimore area include Baltimore Penn Station (BAL) and BWI Airport (BWI). Both stations are serviced by multiple Amtrak routes, including the Northeast Regional and Acela Express trains. Use the MARC, local transportation, or taxis to travel from these stations to the convention center.
From the Northeast (Philadelphia and further north): Take I-95 S toward Baltimore and take exit 53 for I-395 N toward Downtown/Inner Harbor. I-395 N becomes S Howard Street. Continue on S Howard Street and turn right onto W Pratt Street. The convention center will be on the right.
From the Mid-Atlantic (Washington, DC and further south): Take the Inner Loop of I-495 (Capital Beltway) and take exit 27 for I-95 N toward Baltimore. Take exit 53 for I-395 N toward Downtown/Inner Harbor. I-395 N becomes S Howard Street. Continue on S Howard Street and turn right onto W Pratt Street. The convention center will be on the right.
From the North (York and Harrisburg, PA): Take I-83 S toward Baltimore. I-83 S becomes N President Street. Continue on N President Street and turn right onto E Lombard Street. Turn left onto Hopkins Place and then take the first left onto W Pratt Street. The convention center will be on the right.
From the West (Hagerstown and Pittsburgh, PA): Take I-70 E toward Baltimore. Take exist 91A-91B for I-695 S toward Baltimore/Glen Burnie. From I-695 S, take exit 11A-11B for I-95 N toward Baltimore. From I-95 N, take exit 53 for I-395 N toward Downtown/Inner Harbor. I-395 N becomes S Howard Street. Continue on S Howard Street and turn right onto W Pratt Street. The convention center will be on the right.
If you will be staying in downtown Baltimore during the meeting, consider parking at your hotel and walking or using public transportation to and from the convention center.
Baltimore offers many modes of economical and earth-friendly public transportation.
Taxis: Taxi service is available from BWI. Current fares are approximately $25-$35 each way. The following is a list of some of the taxi companies in Baltimore:
Charm City Circulator: The Charm City Circulator, a fleet of free shuttles servicing four routes in Baltimore City, provides service every 10-15 minutes between the Baltimore Convention Center and other area neighborhoods via its Orange, Purple, and Banner Routes, including connections to light rail and metro subway stations. See the system schedule and route maps for more information.
Bus Service: Several local bus routes service the Baltimore Convention Center.
Light Rail: The Baltimore light rail system services the Baltimore Convention Center, as well as BWI airport, Baltimore Penn Station, and several local attractions.
Metro Subway: The metro subway system connects area neighborhoods and landmarks, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, to downtown Baltimore. It does not directly service the convention center; however, the Charles Center stop is three blocks away.
Your abstract submission and meeting registration confirmations will include links to generate a customized letter of invitation. See the General Information section for details.
Note: ASHG advises scientists traveling to the U.S. to apply for a visa as early as possible -- at least six months before the visa is needed. Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out the earliest that you may apply for a visa.
Tips for the visa application process:
Some foreign meeting participants may not need visas if they are citizens of any of the countries on the Visa Waiver Program. ALL citizens of the Visa Waiver Program are required to have Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) in order to travel to the United States without a visa. Without an MRP, you will be required to apply for a visa. All foreign visitors (including Visa Waiver Program travelers) will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the U.S.