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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

Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
3 out of 5
7301 Waverly St, Bethesda, MD
The price is CA $112 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

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! (978 reviews)

"Easy access to garage and very COVID aware staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 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 CA $120 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

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! (748 reviews)

"Nice and clean and pleasant Good location Courteous staff"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 29, 2020

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Sheraton Rockville Hotel
Sheraton Rockville Hotel
3.5 out of 5
920 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD
The price is CA $100 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

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! (987 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
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.

Vacation Rentals in Bethesda

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 CA $185 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (72 reviews)

"This location is beautiful, clean and spacious. I plan to return whenever we visit."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 17, 2020

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 CA $265 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Woodmont Triangle, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from National Institute ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
I like the idea!

"Great stay. Mattress could be improved"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2020

Bluebird Suites Near Chevy Chase
English Basement Apartment W/private Entrance
English Basement Apartment W/private Entrance
10803 Red Barn Lane, Potomac, MD

Situated in Potomac, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Cabin John Regional Park, RIO Washingtonian Center and Westfield Montgomery Mall. Congressional ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful Home

"This English Basement Apartment is everything the property owner said it would be. Beautiful home, beautiful area and wonderful owners. If you're looking for a quiet peaceful country home away from home, no need to look any further. I Would highly recommend this home."…"

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

English Basement Apartment W/private Entrance
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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Reviews of Bethesda

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Jul 25, 2019

I like Bethesda

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Verified traveller

Dec 17, 2018

Make sure weather is nice. It rained nearly the entire time we were there.

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