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NIST Directions

Note to all NIST Visitors:

The Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., campuses of NIST are closed to the general public at this time. Official visitors must present photo identification upon arrival. Visitors can access the Gaithersburg campus from the main gate at W. Diamond Ave. and Bureau Drive only. Visitors must wear a visitor badge at all times while on the NIST campus.

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. NIST provides shuttle service from the Shady Grove Metro (subway) station. For further information on transportation, food/dining, hotels/motels and more see the Visitor Information page.

Directions to Main Campus:

From northbound I-270 take Exit 10, Route 117 West, Clopper Road. Bear right at the first light onto Clopper Road/West Diamond Avenue. At the next light, turn left onto the NIST grounds.

From southbound I-270 take Exit 11, Route 124, Montgomery Village Avenue/Quince Orchard Road. Bear right at the first light onto Route 124 West, Quince Orchard Road. After you merge onto Rt. 124, Quince Orchard Road, turn left at the second light onto Route 117, West Diamond Avenue. Turn right at the first light onto NIST grounds.

NIST Metro Shuttle

NIST provides shuttle service for official visitors and staff to and from the Shady Grove Metro Station from 6:45 am to 6:10 pm.

Visitors using Metro can meet the NIST shuttle at the east side of the Shady Grove Metro Station at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. The shuttle runs daily from 6:45 am to 6:10 pm. The NIST shuttle will stop at "Bus Bay C." The last NIST shuttle leaves Shady Grove Metro at 6:10 pm.

The shuttle departs from the front of the NIST Administration Building at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour. The last NIST shuttle leaves NIST at 6:00 p.m.

The shuttle operates Monday through Friday except on federal holidays.

The ride between NIST and the Shady Grove Metro Station takes approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.