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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 £75 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

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)

"Staff was very helpful and room was clean. Centrally located to lots of stores and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 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 £78 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

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! (743 reviews)

"Very nice, quiet, clean and great location. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Sheraton Rockville Hotel
Sheraton Rockville Hotel
3.5 out of 5
920 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD
The price is £56 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

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! (988 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 31 Aug 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.

Top Holiday 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 £221 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

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 17 Jun 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 £265 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

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 28 Aug 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 1 May 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.

Popular places to visit in Bethesda

Strathmore
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Strathmore

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

£63
Per adult
Bethesda Scavenger Hunt: The Fine (Art) Life in Bethesda
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Bethesda Scavenger Hunt: The Fine (Art) Life in Bethesda

£15
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

£38
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
African American Heritage Tour of DC/FreeTicket to MAAHC
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African American Heritage Tour of DC/FreeTicket to MAAHC

£63
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Washington DC National Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour
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Washington DC National Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour

£34
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)

£82
Per adult

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