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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

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
4 out of 5
1 Bethesda Metro Ctr, 7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is ¥9,356 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (806 reviews)

"I liked the well cleaned facility and well mannered staffs. The problem is several constructions are going on in this area, so it's noisy in daytime."…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
4 out of 5
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥8,386 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

This family-friendly Rockville hotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Strathmore and Rockville Town Center. Brookside Gardens and Westfield Montgomery ...

4.2/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"If this place offered free parking it would be perfection. Staff and accommodations are clean, Lysol disinfected, and spacious."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center
Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel & Suites
Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1251 W Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD
The price is ¥7,239 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Beall-Dawson Historic House Museum, Stone Street Medical Museum, and Peerless Rockville ...

3.8/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Convenient on and off the expressway. Convenient parking."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel & Suites
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

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! (74 reviews)
Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase

"We visited Bethesda, MD for medical reasons and GLS was a great option so we felt more like we were at home. Being a guest we had some questions. The front desk help was hard to find. The apartment was clean and close to food and groceries. I wish the pool would have been open."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
1br/1ba New Cellar Block to Metro, WalkScore 98, Middle of evrthng
1br/1ba New Cellar Block to Metro, WalkScore 98, Middle of evrthng
Bethesda, MD
The price is ¥15,474 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in the heart of Bethesda, this romantic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chevy Chase Circle, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Clean and Quiet, walkable to many places

"Clean and quiet plus contactless check in and check out. Nice location close to many restaurants and shops."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

1br/1ba New Cellar Block to Metro, WalkScore 98, Middle of evrthng
Bluebird Suites Near Chevy Chase
Bluebird Suites Near Chevy Chase
4 out of 5
4850 Rugby Ave, Bethesda, MD

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
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

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.989769820971865%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.966751918158565%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.741687979539641%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.7902813299232736%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5115089514066496%

3/5 - Okay

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Feb 24, 2020

NO PARKING!

4/5 - Good

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Feb 4, 2020

The area is changing very quickly.

3/5 - Okay

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Jan 27, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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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