ORLANDO AIRPORT TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
1. From the Orlando International Airport, take the north exit toward Orlando and then turn right - East - on the Beachline (used to be Beeline) Expressway (also known as State Road 528). This is a four-lane toll road and you'll need $1.25 to get to KSC.
2. After about 25 miles, you'll come to a major fork in the road. An exit marked Kennedy Space Center/Titusville veers off to the left (State Road 407) while the Expressway continues to the right toward Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach. If you are going to Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach to check into a hotel, jump to step 13. If you need to pick up shuttle press credentials and plan to drive straight out to the CBS bureau, jump to step 16. If you are going straight to the CBS bureau and don't need to pick up a badge, continue to step 3.
3. Stay left and follow 407 until it dead ends into State Road 405. Turn right (East).
4. Follow this road past the old McDonnell Douglas cruise missile plant and the TICO airport. You'll cross over U.S. 1. Just after that, you'll see the Astronaut Hall of Fame on your right.
5. Drive over the drawbridge and watch out for Kennedy Space Center patrol cars. The speed limit is 55 mph. Keep driving East, past the KSC Visitor’s Center on the right.
6. Just after the visitors center is NASA’s new Pass & ID building on the right. If you need to pick up credentials for a non-shuttle visit, this is where you’ll pick up your badge.
8. With badge in hand, go back to the main road and turn right (East). You will immediately come to a guard gate and you’ll need to show your badge and your drivers license. Once through the gate, take the first possible exit on the right. At the base of the ramp, turn left (north) on State Road 3.
9. Go under the overpass and continue North to the second streetlight. You'll now be very close to the huge Vehicle Assembly Building. Turn right, or East, on Saturn Causeway.
10. You'll cross a railroad track, go through one street light and you'll see a fire station on the right and a large building that's under construction. Just past that is the press site, also on the right. Turn in.
11. Just after turning into the press site, you can choose to go left toward a large parking lot or go up a hill where you can see several media buildings. Go up the hill!
12. Park behind the CBS building and come on in!
DIRECTIONS TO COCOA BEACH HOTELS
13. Stay right and continue east on the Beeline and cross the Banana River. Ignore the Cape Canaveral Air Station exit. Shortly after, the Beeline will turn 90 degrees from east to south and become highway A1A as you enter the town of Cape Canaveral. Several hotels - a Radisson, Residence Inn, etc. - will be found on the right about a mile or so down A1A.
14. If you're going to the Inn at Cocoa Beach, just keep going south on A1A until you reach a major intersection with highway 520 (a major four-lane road). This road goes East one block to the ocean and West to Merritt Island. Turn left, or East, go one block and then turn right. The Inn at Cocoa Beach is a block or so South on the left.
15. If you're going to the Holiday Inn, Doubletree/Howard Johnson's or the Hilton in Cocoa Beach, just keep going south on A1A. They're all on the left within a few miles of the A1A/520 intersection.
DIRECTIONS FROM ORLANDO TO SHUTTLE PASS-and-ID/CBS BUREAU
16. Leave the Beach Line Expressway at the fork and go left on Challenger Memorial Parkway, or State Road 407. Follow it over Interstate 95 and keep on going northeast until SR-407 dead-ends into Columbia Blvd., or State Road 405. Turn right and follow SR-405 across U.S. 1 and then the Indian River. SR-405 becomes the NASA Causeway as you cross the river and then turns into NASA Parkway.
17. Continue east on the NASA Parkway. You will pass the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center on your right. Go through the red light at the entrance to the visitor's center and then make the next right into the Pass and ID parking lot. You'll see a small, one-story building beside an old Mercury Redstone rocket. Go inside and pick up your credentials. You will need two forms of ID, one of which must have your picture on it. A drivers license and passport will do, or DL and voter registration card. But both must be government-issued ID.
18. With ID in hand, you can proceed on to the CBS bureau. From the Pass and ID building, turn right (east) on the NASA Parkway and go through the guard gate. You will need to show the guard your NASA credential and your license and/or passport. If you have any problems here, call Bill's cell phone.
19. Once through the gate, continue east on the NASA Causeway and immediately take the first exit ramp to State Road 3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (north) on SR-3 and drive under the Causeway. Continue north.
20. You'll come to a street light about 2.6 miles from the ramp. Continue north.
21. 2.9 miles from the ramp, you'll come to a second street light. Turn right (east) on Saturn Causeway. You'll see a large office building on the left and the huge Vehicle Assembly Building just past that. Continue east through a street light and then look for the entrance to the press site about one block later on the right. You can't miss it. Just after turning into the press site, you can choose to go left toward a large parking lot or go up a hill where you can see several media buildings. Go up the hill and park behind the CBS building.
22. Laurel Lichtenberger is in charge of site security for NASA public affairs. She has a key to our building if needed. Just go in the NASA building (you can't miss it), ask for Laurel and show her your ID. Call Bill Harwood's cell if there are any problems.
DIRECTIONS TO KSC FROM COCOA BEACH
1. Take A1A north through Cape/Port Canaveral.
2. A1A will turn to the west in Port Canaveral and become the Beeline/Beachline Expressway (State Road 528). You will cross the Banana River and drive into Merritt Island.
3. Go to the State Road 3 exit and get off. Turn right at the base of the ramp and go north on SR-3.
4. Just stay on SR-3 until you reach a guard gate at the south entrance to the Kennedy Space Center. Just before the gate you'll see a red light and lots of signs telling tourists to turn left for the Visitors Center. Assuming you've all got credentials and photo ID, ignore those signs and go to the guard gate (if you don't yet have credentials, turn left on Space Commerce way and follow it to the NASA Parkway. Turn right (east) on NASA Parkway and go to step 17 above).
5. Once through, continue north on SR-3. You will go under SR-405. 2.9 miles from the overpass, you'll come to a second street light. Turn right (east) on Saturn Causeway. You'll see a large office building on the left and the huge Vehicle Assembly Building just past that. Continue east through a street light and then look for the entrance to the press site about one block later on the right. You can't miss it. Just after turning into the press site, you can choose to go left toward a large parking lot or go up a hill where you can see several media buildings. Go up the hill and park behind the CBS building.
6. Laurel Lichtenberger is in charge of site security for NASA public affairs. She has a key to our building if needed. Just go in the NASA building (you can't miss it), ask for Laurel and show her your ID. Call Bill Harwood's cell if there are any problems.