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A Guide for Traveling to Bowling Green, Kentucky
Starting in August 2016, Bowling Green will enjoy commercial air travel via Contour Airlines, which will provide two flights daily between Bowling Green and Atlanta. This is a new service, the first commercial air service that Bowling Green has had in 15 years. As of early June, their web site does not yet list flights or ticket prices. When inaugurating their Nashville-Tupelo service, Contour ran some fantastic bargains ($35 one-way flights), so expect a good deal at the time of the ISLPMC conference in September. The Bowling Green airport will have a TSA security checkpoint, so you will not have to go through security again when changing planes in Atlanta on the return flight. The Bowling Green airport is about a 10-minute drive from the conference hotel. The conference hotel shuttle should be available to pick you up at the airport, but if you are flying into Bowling Green, please also make local arrangements coordinator Katie Algeo aware of your plans so that additional pickup support can be provided, if needed.
The next closest airport is Nashville, Tennessee (BNA), which connects to major airports around the country. Nashville is about an hour drive from Bowling Green, although at rush hour, that time can expand to 1.5 hours. Several rental car firms are located at the Nashville airport, and the Bowling Green Shuttle provides round-trip and one-way service to the Nashville airport.
The Louisville, Kentucky, airport is about a two-hour drive from Bowling Green and also offers rental cars, but no shuttle service is available between it and Bowling Green.
Remember the song, “The L&N don’t stop here anymore?” There is no passenger rail service to Bowling Green, although CSX freight trains continue to rumble down the rails.
Whether you are driving a Corvette (which would have been built in Bowling Green, home to the only Corvette assembly plant in the country) or another model vehicle, Bowling Green is conveniently located next to I-65.
If coming from the north on I-65, take exit 26 and turn right on Cemetery Road (Hwy 234) towards Bowling Green. Cemetery Road changes names, first to Fairview Avenue, then to 6th Avenue, as you approach downtown. Turn left on College Street, right on E 13th Avenue for 1 block, then left onto Center Street, where you will find the pull-in for registration at the Hyatt Place (1347 Center Street) on your right.
If coming from the south on I-65, take exit 22 and turn left onto Scottsville Road (Hwy 231) towards Bowling Green. Scottsville Road changes names, first to Broadway Avenue, then to E 12th Avenue as you approach downtown. Be warned: downtown Bowling Green has many one-way streets, and some streets abruptly change from two- to one-way. Although it may look like you can take E 12th Avenue to Center Street (where the hotel is), you cannot. E 12th Avenue is one-way in the wrong direction between State Street and Center Street. So, the best route is: when on 12th Avenue, turn left onto Chestnut Street, then right onto E 13th Avenue, and finally left onto Center Street, where you will find the pull-in for registration at the Hyatt Place (1347 Center Street) on your right.
The Conference Hotel
The conference hotel is the Hyatt Place, 1347 Center St. Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 467-0001. Some of the one-way streets in Bowling Green:
Through August 13, single or double rooms are $99, which includes one space in the adjacent parking garage and wi-fi. The group code for reservations is G-ISLP.
Paper and poster sessions and the opening reception will be at the WKU Augenstein Alumni Center (292 Alumni Avenue), immediately adjacent to the Hyatt.