College Park (Maryland)

College Park is a suburb of Washington, D.C. in Prince George's County. Most visitors come here for the University of Maryland, no doubt, and all the associated sporting events, but aviation geeks should also take notice of its Aviation Museum.

Downtown College Park

Get in


If you fly in, you'll probably find yourself headed to one of the DC area's three airports (Reagan National, Washington Dulles or BWI).

The College Park airport , the world's oldest continuously operated airport, is open to private aviation.


Exits 24 (University Boulevard / MD 193) and 25 (US Route 1) from the Washington Beltway. When coming toward the exit, the back of Shoppers Grocery Store and Home Depot will be on your right.


Amtrak - If you are coming from out of state via Amtrak, the New Carrollton stop is the closest to College Park. However, you will need a car or bus ride to get you there from the station.

Metrorail and Marc trains make getting to and from DC and Baltimore a breeze. If you take the Metro to the College Park station, you will be about a mile outside of downtown College Park. Actually, if you take the right exit from the stationlocated on the west side you are a mere 1/2 mile or three-minute walk from downtown College Park.


College Park is covered extensively by Metro bus routes. See WMATA for routes, timetables, and a trip planner.

Get around

By car

The main north-south artery of College Park is Route 1 (also known as Baltimore Avenue). Many destinations of interest (including the university) are along this road. An alternative, slightly to the east, is Rhode Island Avenue. Major east-west roads include University Boulevard (Route 193) and Campus Drive/Paint Branch Parkway. Route 1 traffic can be horrendous at times. Avoid arriving or leaving College Park between 5 and 6 Monday through Thursday and between 4 and 5 on Friday. It can take up to one hour to make it a few miles during these rush hour times. There is no free parking in College Park, so be warned. Make sure to check each meter's restrictions and rules.

By bus

Metro Line buses run around the area frequently. However, if you can pass for a student, the University bus system has many stops on and off campus. The new buses are all equipped with flashing signs that give its destinations.

By bike

The College Park Trolley Trail runs north/south to the east of Route 1 and, north of Route 193, consists of bike lines on Rhode Island Avenue. The Paint Branch Trail intersects it near Lake Artemesia and runs through campus, up to Cherry Hill Road near the Beltway. College Park has many residential streets that make for easy biking, but some of the major thoroughfares can be dicey in parts.


Memorial Chapel at UMCP
  • The Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building (near Route 193 & Adelphi Rd.),  +1 301 405-2763. M,Tu,Th-Sa 11AM-4PM, W 11AM-6PM. A rotating series of exhibitions. Closed summer and between exhibitions. Free.


Lake Artemesia pier




College Park is a drinking town. No question. The many places to drink listed from south to north along Route 1:

That was just two blocks in downtown College Park. Further on north we have...


Stay safe

Avoid walking alone at night, especially around the College Park Metro station. You should be fine along Route 1, but reports of muggings (sometimes violent) on the otherwise upscale-looking side streets are perennials in the student newspaper. Petty theft can also be a problem, especially from vehicles and of bicycles.

Go next

Routes through College Park

Baltimore Beltsville  N  S  Greenbelt Washington, D.C. via
Bethesda Beltsville  W  E  Greenbelt Alexandria
Baltimore Beltsville  N  S  Hyattsville Washington, D.C.
END Greenbelt  N  S  Hyattsville East End, Washington
END Washington, D.C.  SW  NE  Greenbelt Baltimore

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