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Bethesda is a vibrant urban neighborhood that buzzes with its dining, entertainment and shopping districts. It’s also blessed with golf courses, parks and an historic trail, which is ideal for biking and walking. Bethesda is part of Maryland’s Montgomery County and stretches back from the northwest border of Washington D.C. It sits on a thoroughfare that was once an ancient route used by Native Americans.
The neighborhood’s heart is the lively Downtown Bethesda, much of which spreads along Wisconsin Avenue and its connecting streets. Enjoy shopping at the bookshops, fashion outlets, homeware stores and jewelers. Browse the antique dealers for one-of-kind items.
Admire the work of regional artists at galleries such as Bethesda Fine Art and the Waverly Street Gallery. Get an in-depth appreciation of the neighborhood’s art scene during the Bethesda Art Walk, which takes place on the second Friday of the month. Check out exhibitions by 130 national artists at May’s Bethesda Fine Art Festival. Watch documentaries produced by local filmmakers at the Bethesda Film Fest in March.
Downtown Bethesda’s near 200 restaurants showcase wide-ranging cuisines and offer something to suit almost all tastes. Find everything from Afghan and Asian to Latin American, Mediterranean and Mongolian dishes. Enjoy nighttime entertainment at cocktail lounges, an Irish-themed pub and a blues and jazz club. Alternatively, catch an independent production at one of the neighborhood theaters.
Bethesda is also a place for outdoor activities. Bike, skate or walk along Capital Crescent Trail, an 11-mile (18-kilometer) trail that connects Georgetown, Washington D.C., to Silver Spring, Maryland. Play a round of golf at Bethesda Country Club and Kenwood Golf and Country Club.
Don’t miss a visit to the Cabin John Regional Park, located in the neighborhood’s northern corner. It has camping grounds, children’s playgrounds, natural trails and picnic sites. Go ice skating at the indoor rink or ride through the park on a miniature train.
Bethesda is served by the Bethesda Metro and Medical Center Metro stations. Both provide quick and direct access to downtown Washington D.C.
This DC area hotel is located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, a half-mile from the National Institutes of Health and within 8 miles of the White House.
Located on the Red Line of the Bethesda Metro, this 12-story hotel shares Metro Center space with offices, shops, and restaurants and is seven miles from the nation's capital.
Within walking distance of a metro station leading to downtown Washington, D.C. and moments from area attractions, the American Inn of Bethesda is steps from fine restaurants, theaters and shopping centers. Free shuttle service goes to destinations within a 1-mile radius such as the National Institutes of Health, Suburban Hospital, and the Walter Reed Medical Center.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of American University, Brookside Gardens, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. Holy Cross Hospital and Montgomery College are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Bethesda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Consumer Product Safety Commission and American University. Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This 15-story hotel is within three miles of downtown Bethesda and the National Institutes of Health, seven miles from the National Zoo, and 19 miles from the White House.
Located in the heart of Bethesda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Consumer Product Safety Commission and American University. Smithsonian's National Zoo and Georgetown University are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This 11-story DC suburban hotel is four miles from the National Institutes of Health and downtown Bethesda, and 10 miles from the National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral.