How to get to the NIST facilities in Gaithersburg, Maryland, or Boulder, Colorado.

The headquarters site of the National Institute of Standards & Technology is located near Gaithersburg, Maryland, just off Interstate Route 270, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the center of Washington, D.C.

GIF Map showing the route to NIST (Gaithersburg, MD) from Washington, D.C., or you can read the same map as a JPEG file.

From Washington (northbound on Rt. 270), visitors to NIST should enter the Collector/Distributor lanes at Exit 9 and take Exit 10, Rt. 117 West. Turn left at the first traffic light and proceed through the main gate (Gate A). If coming southbound on Rt. 270, take Exit 11B, Rt. 124 East (Quince Orchard Rd.).


GIF map of the NIST campus. Visitors should go to the receptionist in the main lobby of the Administration Building for directions or for shuttle service to other buildings on the site, including "NIST North", leased office space proximate to the main campus.


NIST provides shuttle service for official vistors and staff to and from the Shady Grove Metro Station. Visitors using Metro can meet the NIST shuttle at the east side "Kiss & Ride" area of the Shady Grove Metro Station at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. The shuttle departs from the front of the NIST Administration Building on the hour and half hour, and stops at NIST North four minutes later on the way to the Metro station.

Special arrangements can be made to use the NIST shuttle to the Department of Commerce's Hoover Building at 15th & E Streets in Washington. To make reservations, call (301) 975-5923.

NIST/DOC Shuttle Schedule
Leave NIST Arrive Commerce
9:10 am 10:00 am
12:30 pm 1:20 pm
Leave Commerce Arrive NIST
3:10 pm 4:00 pm
4:10 pm 5:00 pm


Navigating the NIST Boulder (Colo.) Laboratories

Several maps are available for finding your way to and around the NIST laboratories in Boulder, Colorado:

From Denver Int'l Airport (DIA) to Boulder [JPEG format]

Boulder and Local Surroundings [JPEG format]

Downtown Boulder [JPEG format]

Boulder Labs 325 Broadway site [GIF format]