Bethesda, MD

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Bethesda, MD featuring a house and a park

Discover centers of art and culture in one of the country’s most livable cities, just north of Washington D.C.

The city of Bethesda, Maryland is a center of arts, culture, and modern history. It has been rated one of America’s most livable cities for its high education level and income growth rate and low crime. You’ll find many restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the modern Bethesda Row district near the city center.

Visit the arts and culture center, Glen Echo Park, formerly an amusement park. Attend classes and workshops to learn about the performing arts and make pottery, textiles or music. The antique Dentzel carousel on-site dates back to 1921. Explore the Spanish Ballroom. Take the kids to one of the children’s theaters, such as the Puppet Playhouse. Then have a snack at the Glen Echo Café.

Then make your way to Strathmore, a center for music and the arts. Explore the picturesque 11-acre (4.5-hectare) grounds near the main mansion. Attend a classical concert at the 100-seat Dorothy M. and Maurice C. Shapiro Room in the mansion and dine at the Prelude Café. Peruse the artwork on display.

Learn about the 19th-century nurse, teacher and humanitarian who helped thousands of people at the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Stroll around the well-kept gardens and enjoy the scenic and tranquil ambiance. Admire the lumber-built main house where Clara Barton lived. Its intriguing interior is shaped like a Mississippi River steamboat.

See one of the Madonna of the Trail series of monuments in downtown Bethesda. This statue paying homage to the female pioneers of the country is one of a collection of 12 in several states. Dine at a restaurant in Bethesda Row, west of central Bethesda.

Walk to a bar on Bethesda Lane, an extension of the lively central district. It is also a popular shopping area to buy souvenirs of your cultured vacation.

The nearest major airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 11 miles (18 kilometers) from central Bethesda. Get around the city by bus, metro or bicycle. Use the free Bethesda Circulator to reach attractions in the downtown area.

The Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
The Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
8120 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is $84 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from National Institute ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (490 reviews)
"Great Clean & Nice Area"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

The Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
4 out of 5
1 Bethesda Metro Ctr, 7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is $109 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Situated in Bethesda, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 2 mi (3.2 km) from National Institute of Health Campus. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Right above parking and Metro for quick access to DC and plenty of good restaurants withing walking distance Raku and Tatte were are favorites. Tip-just park your self same parking metro parking garage directly under hotel they use for valet but only $12 bucks a day."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
3 out of 5
7301 Waverly St, Bethesda, MD
The price is $91 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the heart of Bethesda, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from National Institute ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Property location is excellent. Staff are very good and friendly"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Den @ Glen Echo
The Den @ Glen Echo
Bethesda, MD
The price is $85 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in the heart of Bethesda, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of American University, Georgetown University, and Washington National Cathedral. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Glen Echo
"Property was extremely clean. The bed was comfortable, the shower great. The kitchen was sparsely equipped. If you are sensible to noise, the large furnace is located in the center of the area and was noticeable when running."

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

The Den @ Glen Echo
Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
3.5 out of 5
4850 Rugby Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is $136 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Woodmont Triangle, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from National Institute ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (86 reviews)
We enjoyed it!
"PROS: We had a great time. We really, really loved the rooftop amenities and scenery/ambiance up there. The pool pass situation was a bit precarious. I ended up just showing the lifeguard my ID and that permitted us in. The apartment itself was really nice. It was nice to have the pots, pans, laundry, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
Bluebird Suites near Chevy Chase
Bluebird Suites near Chevy Chase
4 out of 5
4850 Rugby Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is $179 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Woodmont Triangle, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 1.3 mi (2 km) from National Institute ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
Bluebird suite review
"Beautiful modern apartment. However: Broken microwave handle, uncovered smoke detectors with exposed wiring, would appreciate better communication."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Bluebird Suites near Chevy Chase
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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