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BethesdaUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Bethesda

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
3 out of 5
7301 Waverly St, Bethesda, MD
The price is $84 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in the heart of Bethesda, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from National Institute ...

4.4/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Checking in and out were easy, very nice staff and cleanliness was on point."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
4 out of 5
1 Bethesda Metro Ctr, 7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is $99 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in Bethesda, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 2 mi (3.2 km) from National Institute of Health Campus. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (728 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful staff Hotel amenities were awesome Loved Starbucks and Brown Bag for quick eats"…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Sheraton Rockville Hotel
Sheraton Rockville Hotel
3.5 out of 5
920 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD
The price is $85 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated in Rockville, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from RIO Washingtonian Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Rockville Town Center. Bohrer Park and Needwood Golf ...

4.2/5Very Good! (983 reviews)

"With travel at this time of Covid (traveled through several states)- we brought our own food, trying To safely distance our self, No microwave in the Room - one in a general area with everyone using didn’t feel it was a great fit."…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Sheraton Rockville Hotel

Popular places to visit in Bethesda

Strathmore
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Strathmore

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Tradition meets modernity at this excellent arts complex and institution, housed within a heritage neo-Georgian mansion and a beautifully designed music hall.

Glen Echo Park
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Glen Echo Park

Explore the great outdoors at Glen Echo Park, a lovely green space in Glen Echo. Add the area's notable monuments or shops to your travel plans.

Top things to do in Bethesda

Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

$70
Per adult
Bethesda Scavenger Hunt: The Fine (Art) Life in Bethesda
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Bethesda Scavenger Hunt: The Fine (Art) Life in Bethesda

$20
Per adult
DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi
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DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi

$49
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
DC at Dusk Night Tour
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DC at Dusk Night Tour

$58
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Washington DC African American Heritage Tour/Ticket to MAAHC
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Washington DC African American Heritage Tour/Ticket to MAAHC

$82
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
100+ Miles Luxury Black SUV / Sedan Ride (MD)
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100+ Miles Luxury Black SUV / Sedan Ride (MD)

$107
Per adult

Reviews of Bethesda

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 42.966751918158565%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.741687979539641%
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2 - Disappointing 1.7902813299232736%
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1 - Terrible 0.5115089514066496%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

NO PARKING!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

The area is changing very quickly.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Ok. Interesting dining options. Other than that not much else, unless you take a train to DC

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

The area is great, parts are still under construction. The new feel for the area is great, and trending for today's times.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Washington DC Temple looks cool at night. Their Christmas light display rivals NYC.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Dignity, honesty and mutual respect is appreciated over patronizing.

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