Getting to Annapolis
Annapolis, Maryland is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, about 40 miles east of Washington, D.C. and 30 miles south of Baltimore. There are two major airports nearby:
The nearest regular Amtrak stop is also at the BWI airport. Unfortunately, there is no rail service to downtown Annapolis.
For those not wishing to rent a car, the Super Shuttle provides convenient transport between either airport and Annapolis.
Getting to ECCAD
The talks, poster sessions, and software demonstrations will all be held in Mahan Hall on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy (see map below). Entrance to the Naval Academy campus requires a government-issued photo ID. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to enter the campus, but you should have either a U.S. driver's license or your passport.
We are working with USNA security to potentially allow some attendees to park on the campus. However, under typical circumstances, visitors are not allowed to drive onto the Naval Academy campus. You should plan to park downtown and walk onto the campus through Gate 3 (see below).
Links for more local information
- USNA visitor information
- USNA "Tips for visitors"
- City of Annapolis Visitors Information
- Historic Annapolis Foundation
Workshop Venue and Downtown Hotels
The following map shows the ECCAD venue and points of interest in downtown Annapolis. The hotel options in this area are more expensive, but also provide more convenient access to the Naval Academy.
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- Mahan Hall, the main venue for ECCAD.
- USNA Entrances. Remember that vehicle access is not permitted without a special pass, and all visitors must be prepared to show a valid government-issued photo ID. The entrances are numbered, Gate 1, Gate 3, and Gate 8. Gate 3 is the closest entrance to the ECCAD venue, and it is only open to foot traffic.
- The Historic Inns of Annapolis offers convenient booking for a number of small hotels in downtown Annapolis, and a very easy walk through Gate 3 to the workshop.
- The Marriott also provides a short walk to the Naval Academy, but its downtown waterfront location generally carries a higher price tag.
- There are three large hotels on West Street going out from Annapolis: the Loews, O'Callaghan, and Westin hotels. You could take the pleasant .8 mile (Loews) to 1.2 mile (Westin) walk to the Naval Academy, or the free circulator shuttle to downtown.
- There are three parking garages run by the city of Annapolis, ranging from $10 to $20 for a full day of parking. All three locations are located on the free "circulator" trolley route, which runs continuously to and from downtown. See the Park Annapolis website for more details.
The "town" of Parole is a shopping district just about 1 mile west of Annapolis. It contains a number of hotels that are still nice, but less expensive than the downtown ones. You will save money staying here (hopefully), but pay in other ways, since this will require driving to and parking downtown. The drive will be very short (5 minutes), and there are a number of parking garages noted on the map above.
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The hotels on the above map are all about the same distance from USNA (3-4 miles), so I will list them by order of price as of February, cheapest first. Of course the prices will change, and this is also by no means an exhaustive list of hotels in the area.
- Best Western
- Country Inn & Suites
- Hilton Garden Inn
- SpringHill Suites
- Hilton Doubletree
- Holiday Inn Express
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