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Families will find kid-friendly activities in Bethesda, and visitors give high marks for the top-notch restaurants, shopping, and entertainment choices. This city also attracts tourists with its cafés, gardens, and museums. Washington National Cathedral, Smithsonian's National Zoo, and Kennedy Center are some of the top sights around the area.
- There are 98 hotels and other accommodations in Bethesda
- The closest major airport is in College Park, MD (CGS), 9.2 mi (14.8 km) from the city center
- The next closest is in Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), 9.8 mi (15.8 km) away
Sightseeing and Staying in Bethesda
Well-known for its museums, the city's cultural venues include Strathmore, Adventure Theatre, and Ratner Museum. The city is notable for landmarks like Chevy Chase Circle, Madonna of the Trail Statue, and Clara Barton National Historic Site. The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the gardens and these places to visit: Glen Echo Park, Seneca Creek State Park, and Aubudon Naturalist Society.
In Bethesda, you'll find 98 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have ample places to choose from for your holiday getaway. Here are top ones based on our user reviews:
- Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, MD - With a stay at this 2.5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and an indoor pool, along with free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its beach locale and overall value.
- Canopy by Hilton Washington DC Bethesda North - Our customers like the WiFi and clean, comfortable rooms at this hotel. This 4-star hotel features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and free WiFi.
- Cambria Hotel Rockville - This 3.5-star hotel features a restaurant, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Expedia customers like its breakfast and central location.
Popular places to see in the area include Washington National Cathedral, located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center, and Smithsonian's National Zoo, which is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) away.
Getting Around Bethesda
With so many choices for transportation, seeing Bethesda is easy. You can walk to nearby metro stations including Bethesda Center Station, Medical Center Station, and Friendship Heights Station. If you want to venture outside of the area, ride aboard one of the trains from Rockville Station.
Dressing for Bethesda
- Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 61°F during the day and 28°F at night
- From April to June, the average during the day is 88°F, while the average at night is 42°F
- July through September has daytime averages of 89°F with nighttime averages of 57°F
- In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 74°F and nighttime averages of 29°F
- Average annual rainfall for Bethesda is 39.68 inches
- Usually July and August are the hottest months with an average of 87°F, whereas January and February are often coldest, averaging 30°F
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