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The 2011 PGOC meeting will be at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Building 005. [Click here for map link.] Visitor badges will be arranged in advance for non-federal employee attendees and ready upon your arrival. Federal employees should bring and display their photo ID badges.
Beltsville is a suburb of Washington D.C., but is located in central Maryland. Beltsville is about 20 miles from downtown Baltimore (30-45 minutes by car). Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, with many tourist attractions including its Inner Harbor restaurants, Camden Yards — home of the Baltimore Orioles American League baseball team, and several unique museums.
The mass transit (both bus and rail/subway) system that serves the metropolitan Washington DC area is called Metro. Your hotel is about 2 miles (4.8 km) from the Greenbelt Station on the Green line. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from the Greenbelt station.
The recommended hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn in Greenbelt MD, is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from the USDA campus. The hotel has shuttle van available for local trips; guests can arrange for delivery and pickup to the USDA BARC campus.
Visit the official tourism site for Washington DC. One of the fantastic things about our city is that many of the attractions and monuments are FREE! Late June should a nice time to take an additional day or two to see sights in and around the area.
The Greenbelt Hilton Garden Inn is right across the road from Greenbelt Park, operated by the US National Park Service. It is a pleasant place for a stroll into nature if you have time in the evenings.