Silver Spring

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Downtown Silver Spring

Silver Spring is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Maryland.


Silver Spring is just across the northeast border of Washington DC at Eastern Ave.

The area was named after a spring discovered in 1840 that is now dry. Francis Preston Blair, one of the organizers of the Republican Party, discovered the spring and owned most of the land that now comprises Silver Spring. He named his mansion Silver Spring after the spring.

Get in[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

The Silver Spring Metrorail Station is served by the Red Line and is on Colesville Rd between Wayne Ave and East-West Highway.

By bus[edit]

From outside of Montgomery County, MD[edit]

From other points in Montgomery County, MD[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

The Capital Crescent Trail runs from Georgetown to Silver Spring.

Get around[edit]

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By foot[edit]

The entire downtown is very compact and easily traversed by foot.

By bus[edit]

Van Go Shuttle is a free purple bus that offers frequent service around Silver Spring M-Th from 7AM-midnight and F-Sa from 7AM-2AM.

Metrobus and Ride-on-Bus operate service around Silver Spring.

By bicycle[edit]

For information on bike-sharing programs in the Washington, DC area, see Washington DC#Get_around.

See[edit][add listing]

The Music Hall, President's House, Ballroom, and Swiss Chalet at National Park Seminary
  • National Park Seminary, 2791 Linden Ln, [1]. Dating back to 1187, this site, formerly a finishing school for girls and resort community, is odd. Inspired by the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, the Seminary owner decided to build 10 buildings of styles around the world including a Greek theater, a Japanese pagoda, and a Dutch windmill. Following the Great Depression and World War II, the Seminary could barely make ends meet, and the entire property was commandeered by the U.S. Army's Walter Reed Medical Hospital in 1942. The military demolished historic property and generally neglected the beautiful exotic and Victorian buildings. Gaining official historic status saved many of the buildings from demolition, but the neglect continued, allowing the elements and vandals to take their toll. In the 1980s, the "Save Our Seminary" group formed to protect what was left, and did an admirable job. The Army returned the historic Seminary properties to private hands and they were restored. 2-hour guided tours on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1PM: $5.  edit
  • Discovery Channel Headquarters, 1 Discovery Pl (Georgia Ave between Wayne & Colesville), +1 240 662-2000, [2]. Check out the dinosaur skeleton in the lobby.  edit
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Ave, [3]. A restored station from 1945.  edit
  • The Old Tavern Mural, in Silver Spring Library (on Colesville Road), [4]. A 1937 New Deal-era post office mural.  edit


  • National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Ln, +1 301 319-3300, [5]. 10AM–5:30PM. Founded just after the Civil War, this museum includes a collection of 25 million artifacts, including 5,000 skeletal specimens, 8,000 preserved organs, and 12,000 items of medical equipment. Free.  edit

Religious buildings[edit]

  • Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, +1 301 680-6000, [6]. Offers free 45 minute tours M-Th at 9AM. Free.  edit


  • Washington D.C. Northern Boundary Stone, (along East West highway in front of the Summit Hills apartment complex), [7]. Erected in 1792, this stone represents the northern most boundary of Washington D.C. One of the oldest federal monuments.  edit
  • Silver Spring @ Acorn Park, in Acorn Park (corner of East-West Highway and Newell Street), [8]. The spring the area was named after -- now dry, but surrounded by a 12-acre park commemorating it.  edit
  • Memorial Bust To the Homeless Mayor, (Georgia Avenue at Mayor Lane Alley), [9]. Bust of Norman Lane, a beloved local resident who lived in the nearby alley.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd, +1 301 960-9999, [10]. A spacious music venue and bar that features big name acts.  edit
  • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Corner of Georgia Ave and Colesville Rd, [11]. A 1938 theater, now restored and home to the American Film Institute and Shopping Center.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Downtown Silver Spring, near Ellsworth & Fenton Streets, includes many chain restaurants such as Chipotle, Panera Bread, Jimmy John's and Fudruckers as well as many ethnic restaurants.

  • 8407 Kitchen and Bar, 8407 Ramsey Ave, +1 301 587-8407, [12]. M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F 11:30AM-Midnight, Sa 5PM-Midnight, Su 11AM-9PM. American menu features house made charcuterie, locally-sourced produce, meat, and seafood, and a very creative selection of mixed drinks. $6-32. (38.9939134,-77.02903040000001) edit
  • Abol Ethiopian, 8626 Colesville Rd, +1 301 650-0061, [13]. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. As one of many Ethiopian haunts in Silver Spring, Abol serves spicy meat and stews atop sourdough flatbreads, often intended to be eaten by hand. $10-30. (38.99649,-77.02793) edit
  • Crisfield Seafood, 8012 Georgia Ave (near railroad tracks), +1 301 589-1306, [14]. It specializes in crabs.  edit
  • Lebanese Taverna, 933 Ellsworth Dr, +1 301 588-1192, [15]. M-Th: 11AM-9PM, F-Sa: 11AM-10PM, Su: Noon-8PM. Tasty Lebanese fare. Mains: $9-28.  edit
  • Mandalay, 930 Bonifant St, +1 301 585-0500, [16]. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su noon-10PM, closed 3PM-5PM daily. While the restaurant's ambiance may not lend itself to fine cuisine, Mandalay offers some of the best Burmese fare in the Washington area -- a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines. $12-20.  edit
  • Masa Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi, 921-J Ellsworth Dr, +1 301 608-8989, [17]. M-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 12:30PM-11PM, Su 12:30-10PM. Authentic Japanese teppanyaki style cooking, with sushi, noodle and vegetable dishes prepared table-side. $13-35. (38.9961825,-77.02646240000001) edit
  • Parkway Deli & Restaurant, 8317 Grubb Rd (off East West Highway), +1 301 587-1427, [18]. M-W: 8AM-9:30PM, Th-F: 8AM-10PM, Sa: 7AM-10PM, Su: 7AM-9:30PM. One of Washington area's only authentic New York-style delicatessens. Quite pricey.  edit
  • Roger Miller Restaurant, 941 Bonifant St, +1 301 650-2495. Su-Th noon-11PM, F-Sa. Seated inside this Cameroonian restaurant, you may forget what country you are in as it has the authentic character of a West African roadside bar; the outside seating is lovely in good weather. The wait staff is relaxed and friendly and will never rush you while you enjoy your food and conversation. Roger Miller is patronized mostly by West Africans, but they are extremely friendly and accommodating to the uninitiated. $8-17.  edit
  • The Society Restaurant & Lounge, 8229 Georgia Ave, +1 301 565-8864, [19]. Caribbean food. Good DJs.  edit
  • Tastee Diner, Cameron Street (at Georgia Ave), [20]. Open 24 hours. A diner dating to 1947; a Silver Spring institution. $5-10.  edit
  • Woodside Delicatessen, 9329 Georgia Ave (south of Beltway/Forest Glen, near 16th St), [21]. M 7AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 7AM - 9PM, Su 8AM-5PM. Another of D.C. area's only authentic New York-style delicatessens.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]


  • McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Dr, +1 301 587-1270, [22]. Lively Irish pub with live music and a good whiskey selection.  edit
  • Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Ave (below Bombay Gaylord), +1 301 587-8350, [23]. Su-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 5PM-2AM. This bar has been a neighborhood staple for over 70 years. At first glance it's just a friendly looking dive bar, but upon further inspection it reveals itself as something of a gastropub—the food is heads and shoulders above usual bar fare (fried pickles are a must), and they have a great, long list of Belgian beers! Live bands on weekends and a weekly Rockabilly night Sa.  edit
  • Stained Glass Pub, 12510 Layhill Rd (right off Georgia Avenue), +1 301 933-4444, [24]. Opened in 1979. Named for colorful windows. Good pizza and live entertainment including karaoke and live bands.  edit


  • Fenton Cafe, 8311 Fenton St, [25]. M-Sa 8AM-8:30PM, Su 8AM-6:30PM. Sweet and savory crepes and espresso prepared to order in a cozy environment. $2-10. (38.99365,-77.02398) edit
  • Kaldi’s Social House, 918 Silver Spring Ave, +1 301 557-9991, [26]. 7AM-9PM. Comfortable cafe for strong coffee, espresso, as well as tea and pastries. Lovely roof-top seating. (38.9915053,-77.0257573) edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Courtyard Silver Spring North, 12521 Prosperity Dr, +1 301 680-8500 (fax: +1 301 680-9232), [27].  edit
  • Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown, 8506 Fenton St, +1 301 589-4899 (fax: +1 301 589-4898), [28]. Free WiFi, gym, restaurant, lounge, coffee bar in lobby. Three blocks to Metro, two miles to D.C. border. $200-280.  edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North, 2200 Broadbirch Dr, +1 301-622-3333, [29]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Indoor pool, free WiFi, business center, fitness center.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Washington DC N-Silver Spring, 7990 Georgia Ave, +1 301 565-3444, [30].  edit
  • Residence Inn Silver Spring, 12000 Plum Orchard Dr, +1 301 572-2322 (fax: +1 301 572-2362), [31]. Off Cherry Hill Rd, 4 miles north of the Capital Beltway. Near the University of MD.  edit
  • Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Ave, +1 301 598-0800, [32]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, meeting space, restaurant.  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Silver Spring
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