Baltimore-Washington Parkway


Opened in 1954, the parkway is a 29-mile scenic highway that connects Baltimore, Maryland with Washington, D.C. The part of the parkway from Washington, D.C. to Fort Meade, Maryland is managed by the National Park Service. Although the first concept of Parkway design was envisioned by Pierre L'Enfant in his 18th century plan, the concept of a parkway in Washington, D.C. was not approved until 1902. At that time, parkways were designed for use by bicyclists and horse-drawn carriages. There are no tolls or fees for use on the parkway. There are no trucks allowed on the parkway. The United States Park Police patrol the parkway.

For people who live and work in the Washington, D.C. area, the Parkways are easily accessible. The places where locals travel to work, to shop, or to visit the nation's capitol. The parkway also attracts visitors from across the country and around the world, which are drawn here to visit Washington D.C. Please obey the speed limit on the parkway. Studies have indicated that most accidents have occurred due to driver error. Please give your full time and attention to your driving. The goal is for motorists to arrive safely at end destinations. Where else can you experience the beauty of a parkway leading into the nation's capital? (except of course for the other federal parkways leading to Washington, D.C.- the Suitland Parkway and George Washington Parkways.) Please help keep the parkway beautiful by not throwing your trash out of the window. Remember to keep a small plastic trash bag in your vehicle for your trash.


Seasonality / Weather

The Baltimore Washington Parkway does not have operating hours.

The parkway is open all the time.



The Baltimore Washington Parkway has turned into a commuter route.
Try to avoid travelling south into Washington, D.C. during weekday mornings from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Try to avoid travelling north from Washington, D.C. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Listen to local radio stations for traffic reports.