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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
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 Rs6,651 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from National Institute ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (206 reviews)

"It was very clean, and staff was very professional"…"

Reviewed on 31 May 2020

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 Rs6,916 per night

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! (702 reviews)

"Loved the elevators! Its like sky diving! The hotel was great ! Restaurant around weregreat tooo"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2020

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
The price is Rs7,091 per night

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)

"I would be a great service to hotel guests if an airport shuttle were made available."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2020

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center

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 shops or notable monuments to your travel plans.

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