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Two hotel room blocks are available for any night during Placemaking Week 2024. We recommend that you reserve your rooms as soon as possible if you know you are coming to the event, as we have limited availability at these locations.

  • Hotel Ulysses in the Mt Vernon neighborhood
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If these options run out or don’t work for you, and you wish to stay in other accommodation near other conference participants, we recommend one of these hotels also in Downtown or Mt Vernon.

Arriving in Baltimore

Visit Baltimore offers the best information on how to get to Downtown Baltimore close to the recommended hotels.

The conference venues will be in multiple locations around the city, from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Station North District, Bromo Arts District and the Inner Harbor.

Getting Around Baltimore

We strive to make most of the conference activities accessible within 10-30 minutes by public transit and within walking/biking/rolling distance of the main hotels. For all conference activities, we will provide you with the recommended routes and methods to reach each given destination. 

We encourage you to take a look at both the city’s light rail and free shuttle system, the Charm City Circulator, both of which will get you close to the main conference areas from our main hotels. Dockless scooters, bikes, and rideshare are also available should you want that option.

During your spare time, you may be interested in trying out the city’s water taxi system. And if you’re looking to take a day trip to Washington, DC, the commuter rail service near the Convention Center is a convenient way to go!

Extra Activities: Food, Drink, and Exploration

The conference will keep you busy, but we know placemakers also like to do their own thing!

To get started, we encourage you to get familiar with Baltimore’s neighborhoods!

Closer to the event we will provide you with local recommendations near conference venues so that you can plan out options for your experience in advance. In the meantime, Visit Baltimore also has a user-friendly site that shows great spots to eat around the city. And this of course includes crab!

There will also be a few extra Placemaking Week related tour options closer to the event, however we recommend you take a look at some of Visit Baltimore’s recommended cultural attractions for a wider range of experiences around the city.


As you prepare your trip, please review all information about visa requirements for traveling to the USA.

If you are coming to the USA from another country, it is possible that you will need a travel visa, or that you can visit through the Visa Waiver Program with an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Information). Some visitors, such as visitors from Canada, may only need their valid passport. 

If you are traveling to the USA from a country where you will require a visa, we urge you to apply as soon as possible. You can use the Visa Wizard on the US Department of State’s website to see the options available to you, and there is also a resource that shares approximate wait times for a visa.

If you are a speaker or attendee and need a visa to travel to the USA for this event, we can provide you with a proof of attendance letter after you register for the conference. However, we cannot assist you with the process of obtaining a visa otherwise.


Here are the current rules and guidelines on Covid-19 vaccination and precautions for traveling into the USA. At this time, you are not required to take a test or provide proof of vaccination.

We strongly encourage all attendees to be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID (within 72 hours of arrival) before attending the conference. At the moment, mask wearing will not be enforced at Placemaking Week. It will be up to attendees to decide whether to wear a mask or not during event activities.

Final protocols, including masking requirements, will be decided closer to the event date based on case rates and local guidelines in the Baltimore area and individual venues. Currently, masks are not required for events in Baltimore. Please review up-to-date guidance on Covid-19 in Baltimore for more information.