Rockville is the second largest incorporated city in Maryland and is characterized by rolling hills, historic towns, and high tech industries. Rockville was ranked #66 in the “Best Places to Live in the US” by Money Magazine in 2008.
Rockville is accessible on Metro's red line (see stations below). It is also served by Montgomery County's Ride On Bus service, particularly buses number 26, 45 and 47, which run all over town.
Rockville is located 12 miles NW of Washington D.C. North of Rockville is Olney, Gaithersburg, and Montgomery Village. I-270 is the major highway within the city. Rockville Pike (355) is also a main road in Rockville with many office buildings, stores, and food restaurants scattered throughout the long road. It connects to Rockville has connections with Wootton Parkway, Seven Locks Road, Montrose Road, Viers Mill Road, Norbeck Road (MD-28), Connecticut Avenue (185), Georgia Avenue (97), E.Gude Drive, and Southlawn Ln.
Interstate linkages in Rockville include I-270 linking Gaithersburg, Washington Grove, Derwood, and Montrose. I-270 is perpendicular with I-370, taking you to Shady Grove Road. I-370 connects Potomac to Gaithersburg and Derwood heading East. I-95/495 (Capital Beltway) linking College Park (University of Maryland), Laurel, and Washington D.C. Capital Beltway South also bring you into Virginia. I-195 takes you to Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
Rockville is served by three metro stops on Washington Metro's Red Line: White Flint station, Twin brook station and Rockville station. White Flint station is near by White Flint Mall, a very attractive and upscale shopping venue. Twinbrook station will take you right outside of the Hilton hotel and tons of restaurants. Rockville station will take you smack into downtown Rockville, with the newly-developed center and giant Regal Cinema.
The two main airports near Rockville are Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) and Washington Dulles International (IAD). Or you can ride the metro directly to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).
Rockville also has AMTRAK, MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service), Metrobus and Ride-On bus service.
Other than shopping and eating there isn't much to do in Rockville for a night owl.
One can always stay up late and cycle down the empty major throughfares that are so busy during the day.
In terms of outdoors recreations there are many little parks hidden inside neighborhoods and bike trails. There is the Rockville Millennium Trail, which is smoothly paved and very user friendly, spanning the City of Rockville in a 10-mile loop. There is Dogwood Park, located off of Wooton Parkway, offering tennis courts, baseball fields and other recreational facilities. There is also the downtown Rockville area, very recently developed, featured shops and restaurants and some cute little fountains where you can sit and people watch. Very upscale, not very adventurous if you're looking to do more than eat and drink. Cabin John Regional Park is located on Tuckerman Lane. It is a very large park consisting of numerous jungle jim's, slides, swings, picnic areas, and a train that takes you around the Park. It has baseball and softball fields, and other sports facilities to keep active.
Shopping wise there are 4 main malls around Rockville. Montgomery Westfield Mall is located on Democracy Blvd off I-270. Tysons Corner is a little distant but is much larger than the other malls. It is located on Rt 7 and I-495. It includes some designer stores and the Rainforest Cafe. Lakeforest Mall is located off I-270 at exit 11, Montgomery Village Ave.
There are also many plazas to walk around in such as Congressional Plaza located off the beltway (I-495) on Rockville Pike (355). It has a grocery store, shoe stores, children's stores, jewelry/accessories, health and beauty, and many service stores. Wintergreen Plaza is also located on Rockville Pike (355) with a marketplace, Fitness First, Musical Theatre Center, and many stores.
Olney Indoor Pool is located on the border of the town of Rockville and Olney. It is a public facility with a little pool and a larger pool with a high diving board and lap lanes.
Golf courses are popular in Rockville as Redgate Golf Course is the public golf course in the area located off Norbeck Road (28).
The Montgomery County Public Library is located on Rt 108 on Olney/Laytonsville Road.
There are also a couple movie theaters in the area to watch movies. AMC Loews Rio 18 is located at 9811 Washingtonian Boulevard and consist of stadium seating in the theater. Regal Cinemas is located at 199 E Montgomery Ave in Rockville off Rockville Pike (355).
White Flint Mall has lots of art stores to visit. Anthropologie, a women's clothing store, is a unique place, and is located at the intersection of Nicholson Lane and Rockville Pike. One of the best thrift shops in the area is the Goodwill on Boiling Brook Parkway (off of Nicholson Lane), by the Kosher Mart.
Asadur's Market featuring Arabic, Persian, and Mediterranean foods and is located on Nicholson Lane in in the shopping center right before the train tracks.
Russian Gourmet is located right before the Rockville Pike intersection of Nicholson Lane; Russian food and cultural products.
Congressional Shopping Center has lots of privately-owned clothing, baby and jewelry stores.
Every chain restaurant ever can be found in Rockville, other than maybe In-and-Out Burger. In addition to the big name restaurants there are plenty of cute privately owned family restaurants. Rockville Pike holds an enormous amount of different restaurants as well.
Rockville Pike (355)
Norbeck Road (28)
A great place to drink in Rockville is Clyde's, with half price wine and seafood on Monday nights (off of Wootton Parkway). Other good places are Orange Billiards (Rockville Pike) and various new places only newly opened in Rockville Town Square. There is also Winston's with pool tables and lots of liquor, located on 1776 E Jefferson St. (301) 881-3000
Another great place to drink is Hank Dietle's Tavern, located on the right hand side after you pass White Flint Mall on Rockville Pike going south toward D.C . It is so old that its liquor license is numbered '1', as it was the first issued when the prohibition was repealed in the thirties. It serves cheap pitcher/mug brew and does not serve food other than potato chips. There are always interesting, friendly people to talk to and it is the last thing from a pretentious/ intimidating atmosphere. The real estate agents will say its located in 'North Bethesda' but that's baloney since its technically still Rockville.
There aren't any clubs in Rockville. You drive to the bar or restaurant, you enjoy yourself at exorbitant prices, you drive home. If you'd like to find some better nightspots look further down the Metro red line, such as the Dupont or Adams Morgan stations.
In Rockville town square there a many great restaurants and with the new kid fountain in the center of the town it is a great place to take the little one on a hot day. La Tasca is a spanish restaurant with little appetizer size dishes everyone loves. Austin grill is a tex-mex place with large servings and great atmosphere.
The Olney Ale House is an Irish Pub located on Olney/Laytonsville Road (Rt108). There is an outdoor beer garden. It is also attached to a delicious homemade ice cream walk-up window. It is located on 2000 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (301) 774-6708
The Stained Glass Pub Too is also a fun place to drink. It consists of a bar, serves pizza and subs and is fun for the whole family. A clown with balloons comes every Friday night to entertain the kids. It is located on 3333 Olney Sandy Spring Rd. (301) 774-3778