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'''Bethesda''' [http://bethesda.org/] is a city in [[Montgomery_County_%28Maryland%29|Montgomery County]] in the state of [[Maryland]].  It is located right on the outskirts of [[Washington, D.C.]], inside the Beltway.
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'''Bethesda''' [http://bethesda.org/] is an unincorprated city in [[Montgomery_County_%28Maryland%29|Montgomery County]] in the state of [[Maryland]].  It is located right on the outskirts of [[Washington, D.C.]], inside the Beltway.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
Bethesda was a quiet suburb until 1984, when the Metro Red Line was extended.  This brought an explosion of growth, and many high rises were built. Some critics argue that the rapid growth of Bethesda has given it an over-commercialized feel. Either way, Bethesda became suburban destination number one in Maryland for wining and dining, and is a much more family friendly part of town than anywhere in D.C. itself.
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Bethesda was a quiet suburb until 1984, when the Metro Red Line was extended.  This brought an explosion of growth, and many high rise office and apartment buildings were built. Bethesda became the major suburban destination in Maryland for wining and dining, and is much more family-friendly than anywhere in D.C. itself. In 2009, Bethesda was ranked #1 in Forbes' list of most educated towns, #1 in CNN Money's list of highest earning towns, and #1 Total Beauty's Hottest-Guy Cities.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
[[Image:Bethesda map.png|thumb|300px|Downtown Bethesda]]
 
[[Image:Bethesda map.png|thumb|300px|Downtown Bethesda]]
  
===Metro===
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===By metro===
Bethesda has its own stop on the Washington, D.C. Metro '''Red Line''' at the intersection of Wisconsin and Old Georgetown Avenues, which are in turn the major arteries for getting in by car. Take note, though, that parking is usually only available in the garages, and it's not a cheap place to park—much of the [[Capital Region (Maryland)|Capital Region's]] suburban residents come here regularly for dining, so those parking spots are in high demand.
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The Bethesda Metro Station is served by Washington, D.C. Metro '''Red Line''' and is located at the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and Old Georgetown Road.
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===By bus===
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* '''Tripper Bus''', [http://tripperbus.com/], . Service to [[New York City|New York's]] Penn Station. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in Bethesda and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Rosslyn]]. $25.
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* '''Vamoose Bus''', [http://vamoosebus.com/], ☎ +1 301 718-0036. Service to [[New York City|New York's]] Penn Station. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in Bethesda and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Rosslyn]]. $30, +free ticket with every four.
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===By car===
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Wisconsin Ave (Route 355) and Connecticut Avenue run from Downtown Washington DC to Bethesda.
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Parking is usually only available in the garages [http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpktmpl.asp?url=/content/dot/parking/Bethesda/bethesda-rates.asp], which start at $1 per hour.
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===By bicycle===
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The Capital Crescent Trail [http://cctrail.org] passes through Bethesda, and provides a bike trail from [[Washington (D.C.)/Georgetown|Georgetown]] to [[Silver Spring]]. Between Bethesda and Georgetown the trail is smooth asphalt suitable for rollerblading, while from Bethesda to Silver Spring is currently loose gravel.
  
===By Bus===
 
  
* '''Vamoose Bus''', [http://vamoosebus.com/], ☎ +1 301 718-0036. Service to [[New York City|New York's]] Penn Station. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in [[Bethesda]] and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Rosslyn]]. $30, +free ticket with every four.
 
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
The Bethesda circulator [http://bethesda.org/parking/circulatorinfo.htm] will take you everywhere you need to go, and for free. It runs every ten minutes M-Th 7AM-midnight, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 6PM-2AM. You'll know it right away since it's mocked up like a trolley. But keep in mind that you can just walk around downtown Bethesda—it's not so big. Traveling around greater Bethesda, on the other hand, is difficult if you don't have a car.
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===By bus===
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The free Bethesda circulator [http://bethesda.org/parking/circulatorinfo.htm] will take you around downtown Bethesda. It runs every ten minutes M-Th 7AM-midnight, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 6PM-2AM. You'll know it right away since it's mocked up like a trolley.  
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===By foot===
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You can just walk around downtown Bethesda—it's not so big.  
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===By car===
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Traveling around greater Bethesda (outside of the downtown area) is difficult if you don't have a car.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
[[Image:Madonna-usdot-Bethesda.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Madonna of the Trail]]
 
[[Image:Madonna-usdot-Bethesda.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Madonna of the Trail]]
  
You don't come here for the sights, you come here for restaurants and bars. Nonetheless, you might be interested to see:
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Bethesda is not known for its sights; it's known for its restaurants and bars. Nonetheless, you might be interested to see:
  
 
* <see name="The National Institutes of Health" address="9000 Rockville Pike (north on Wisconsin)" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://nih.gov">The mammoth collection of buildings housing the majority of the nation's government bio-research. Consequently, the grounds have been pretty much off-limits to non-employees since the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing anthrax mailings, since there are worries about the security of the bio-weapons research programs here. But the view from Wisconsin Ave of the main building is plenty impressive. If you see a helicopter landing on that main building, it's probably the president or one of the top cabinet officials—this is where they get their repairs.</see>
 
* <see name="The National Institutes of Health" address="9000 Rockville Pike (north on Wisconsin)" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://nih.gov">The mammoth collection of buildings housing the majority of the nation's government bio-research. Consequently, the grounds have been pretty much off-limits to non-employees since the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing anthrax mailings, since there are worries about the security of the bio-weapons research programs here. But the view from Wisconsin Ave of the main building is plenty impressive. If you see a helicopter landing on that main building, it's probably the president or one of the top cabinet officials—this is where they get their repairs.</see>
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* <see name="The Madonna of the Trail statue" alt="" address="Wisconsin Ave & Old Georgetown Rd" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Madonna of the Trail is a sixteen foot monument to the benighted wives who were dragged out west to extreme hardship and poverty in the wild by their adventurous pioneer husbands.</see>
 
* <see name="The Madonna of the Trail statue" alt="" address="Wisconsin Ave & Old Georgetown Rd" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Madonna of the Trail is a sixteen foot monument to the benighted wives who were dragged out west to extreme hardship and poverty in the wild by their adventurous pioneer husbands.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
  
 
*<do name="Strathmore Hall" alt="The Music Center at Strathmore" address="5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385" directions="" phone="(301) 581-5100" url="http://www.strathmore.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A fantastic hall for seeing concerts because of its state-of-the-art acoustics and great seating. Even the last row has great sound and viewing lines. Check the schedule to find everything from classical music symphonies to rock concerts to kids music performances. The Metro Red Line "Grosvenor-Strathmore" station is adjacent to the facility.</do>
 
*<do name="Strathmore Hall" alt="The Music Center at Strathmore" address="5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385" directions="" phone="(301) 581-5100" url="http://www.strathmore.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A fantastic hall for seeing concerts because of its state-of-the-art acoustics and great seating. Even the last row has great sound and viewing lines. Check the schedule to find everything from classical music symphonies to rock concerts to kids music performances. The Metro Red Line "Grosvenor-Strathmore" station is adjacent to the facility.</do>
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===Events===
 
===Events===
  
 
* <do name="Summer Concerts" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesda.org/specialevents/summerconcerts.htm" hours="W noon-2PM (Old Georgetown & Woodmont), Th 6PM-8PM (Woodmont & Norfolk), weekly May-July" price="Free">Two free concerts every week throughout the summer is a pretty nice deal. Check the website for details on who's playing.</do>
 
* <do name="Summer Concerts" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesda.org/specialevents/summerconcerts.htm" hours="W noon-2PM (Old Georgetown & Woodmont), Th 6PM-8PM (Woodmont & Norfolk), weekly May-July" price="Free">Two free concerts every week throughout the summer is a pretty nice deal. Check the website for details on who's playing.</do>
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* <do name="Bethesda Outdoor Movies" alt="" address="Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9PM daily" price="Free">Five nights of free outdoor movies, usually very family friendly. Check website for exact dates and to see which movies are playing.</do>
 
* <do name="Bethesda Outdoor Movies" alt="" address="Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="9PM daily" price="Free">Five nights of free outdoor movies, usually very family friendly. Check website for exact dates and to see which movies are playing.</do>
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* <do name="Taste of Bethesda" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesda.org/specialevents/taste/taste.htm" hours="Early October, 11AM-4PM" price="">The taste of Bethesda is the biggest festival of the year, when people from all over the area come to sample Bethesda's restaurant offerings and to enjoy big free concerts. A pack of 4 taste tickets costs $5, and restaurants will give you a food serving for 1-3 tickets. A ton of restaurants participate, and Bethesda's restaurants are good!</do>
 
* <do name="Taste of Bethesda" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesda.org/specialevents/taste/taste.htm" hours="Early October, 11AM-4PM" price="">The taste of Bethesda is the biggest festival of the year, when people from all over the area come to sample Bethesda's restaurant offerings and to enjoy big free concerts. A pack of 4 taste tickets costs $5, and restaurants will give you a food serving for 1-3 tickets. A ton of restaurants participate, and Bethesda's restaurants are good!</do>
  
 
==Buy==  
 
==Buy==  
There are many places to shop in Bethesda.  Stop by the Apple Store, one of the very few in the capital area, located in the vicinity of the Bethesda Row Theater.
 
  
*'''Montgomery Mall''' - upscale shopping - food court.  
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*'''White Flint Mall''' - upscale shopping - food court.
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* <buy name="Apple Store Bethesda Row" alt="" address="4860 Bethesda Avenue" directions="" phone="(301) 634-0880" email="" fax="" url="http://www.apple.com/retail/bethesdarow/" hours="" price="">One of the few Apple stores in the DC area.</buy>
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* <buy name="Daddy and Son Camiceria Italiana" alt="" address="4836 Bethesda Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-0595" email="" fax="" url="http://daddyesonusa.com" hours="M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5PM" price="">The one U.S. location of the famous Italian men's boutique is in Bethesda, and it's a great place to find tasteful, designer silk ties, as well as shirts, slacks, sweaters, etc. Particularly geared towards younger men.</buy>
 
* <buy name="Daddy and Son Camiceria Italiana" alt="" address="4836 Bethesda Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-0595" email="" fax="" url="http://daddyesonusa.com" hours="M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5PM" price="">The one U.S. location of the famous Italian men's boutique is in Bethesda, and it's a great place to find tasteful, designer silk ties, as well as shirts, slacks, sweaters, etc. Particularly geared towards younger men.</buy>
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* <buy name="Westfield Montgomery Mall" alt="" address="7101 Democracy Blvd" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://westfield.com/montgomery" hours="" price=""></buy>
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* <buy name="White Flint Mall" alt="" address="11301 Rockville Pike" directions="" phone="301.468.5777" email="" fax="" url="http://www.shopwhiteflint.com/" hours="" price=""></buy>
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Bethesda has about 180 restaurants. It is known throughout the Washington D.C. area for the abundance of restaurants in the downtown area.  
 
Bethesda has about 180 restaurants. It is known throughout the Washington D.C. area for the abundance of restaurants in the downtown area.  
  
 
* <eat name="Bangkok Garden" address="4906 St. Elmo Ave." phone="+1 301 951-0670" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://bkkgarden.com">This Thai restaurant is one of the best in the D.C. area.  It has relatively inexpensive food served in a warm, inviting atmosphere.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Bangkok Garden" address="4906 St. Elmo Ave." phone="+1 301 951-0670" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://bkkgarden.com">This Thai restaurant is one of the best in the D.C. area.  It has relatively inexpensive food served in a warm, inviting atmosphere.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bethesda Crab House" alt="" address="4958 Bethesda Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-3382" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesdabigcrabs.com/" hours="9AM-11PM daily" price="$20-40; all-you-can-eat crab feast: $35/person">What better reason to cross the District line into Maryland than a Maryland crab feast! This is not a nice restaurant, it is a crab shack that somehow made its way into Bethesda, with the brown paper on the table, buckets of crabs, tons of Old Bay seasoning, and a lot of messy patrons.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Bethesda Crab House" alt="" address="4958 Bethesda Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-3382" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesdabigcrabs.com/" hours="9AM-11PM daily" price="$20-40; all-you-can-eat crab feast: $35/person">What better reason to cross the District line into Maryland than a Maryland crab feast! This is not a nice restaurant, it is a crab shack that somehow made its way into Bethesda, with the brown paper on the table, buckets of crabs, tons of Old Bay seasoning, and a lot of messy patrons.</eat>
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* <eat name="Jaleo" address="7271 Woodmont Ave" phone="+1 301 913-0003" email="" fax="" hours="Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight" price="$20-40" url="http://jaleo.com/">José Andrés' excursion to Bethesda brings the same excellent modern takes on Spanish tapas and the same excellent sherry and port lists. While extremely popular, this location is big enough where you can get a table without reservations.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Jaleo" address="7271 Woodmont Ave" phone="+1 301 913-0003" email="" fax="" hours="Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight" price="$20-40" url="http://jaleo.com/">José Andrés' excursion to Bethesda brings the same excellent modern takes on Spanish tapas and the same excellent sherry and port lists. While extremely popular, this location is big enough where you can get a table without reservations.</eat>
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*<eat name="Maki Maki" alt="" address="8023 Wisconsin Ave  Bethesda MD 20814" directions="" phone="TEL: (301) 913-9888" url="http://www.makimakisushi.com/" hours="Mon - Sat : 11:00 AM -- 10:00 PM  Sunday :  12:00 Noon  - 9:30  " price="$15-30" lat="" long="">Just a bit north of the hotbed of restaurants, this unassuming but pleasant and friendly corner sushi bar is excellent. They specialize in creative sushi (or Maki) dishes like the "Red Dragon" (Spicy crunch tuna inside, Toped with Avocado, tobiko & Spicy sauce) and "Fuji Maki" (Eel, Tobiko, Shrimp Tempura, Cucumber, Tamago, Cream Cheese & Eel Sauce). It's also becoming a neighborhood favorite with the many families in the area.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Maki Maki" alt="" address="8023 Wisconsin Ave  Bethesda MD 20814" directions="" phone="TEL: (301) 913-9888" url="http://www.makimakisushi.com/" hours="Mon - Sat : 11:00 AM -- 10:00 PM  Sunday :  12:00 Noon  - 9:30  " price="$15-30" lat="" long="">Just a bit north of the hotbed of restaurants, this unassuming but pleasant and friendly corner sushi bar is excellent. They specialize in creative sushi (or Maki) dishes like the "Red Dragon" (Spicy crunch tuna inside, Toped with Avocado, tobiko & Spicy sauce) and "Fuji Maki" (Eel, Tobiko, Shrimp Tempura, Cucumber, Tamago, Cream Cheese & Eel Sauce). It's also becoming a neighborhood favorite with the many families in the area.</eat>
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* <eat name="Passage to India" alt="" address="4931 Cordell Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 656-3373" email="" fax="" url="http://passagetoindia.info/" hours="11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10PM daily" price="$16-30">The often fiery cuisine here is some of the best Indian food you'll find anywhere in the metro area, and it's also attractive, rather quiet, and has reliably excellent service. If you are up for a challenge, try to finish one of their vindaloos without asking them to dull down the spice level.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Passage to India" alt="" address="4931 Cordell Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 656-3373" email="" fax="" url="http://passagetoindia.info/" hours="11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10PM daily" price="$16-30">The often fiery cuisine here is some of the best Indian food you'll find anywhere in the metro area, and it's also attractive, rather quiet, and has reliably excellent service. If you are up for a challenge, try to finish one of their vindaloos without asking them to dull down the spice level.</eat>
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* <eat name="Raku" address="7240 Woodmont Ave" phone="+1 202 718-8680" email="" fax="" hours="Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, Sa-Su noon-3PM; dinner: Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-10:30PM" price="$11-35" url="http://rakuasiandining.com/">Arguably the best Asian food in Bethesda. It's kid-friendly and rather noisy, but the food is made with incredibly fresh, high quality ingredients, and will not likely disappoint. Very popular so make a reservation or get there early.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Raku" address="7240 Woodmont Ave" phone="+1 202 718-8680" email="" fax="" hours="Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, Sa-Su noon-3PM; dinner: Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-10:30PM" price="$11-35" url="http://rakuasiandining.com/">Arguably the best Asian food in Bethesda. It's kid-friendly and rather noisy, but the food is made with incredibly fresh, high quality ingredients, and will not likely disappoint. Very popular so make a reservation or get there early.</eat>
* <eat name="South Street Steaks" alt="" address="4856 Cordell Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 215-7972" email="" fax="" url="http://southstreetsteaks.com" hours="Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-3AM" price="$7-16">Philly cheesesteaks. No, really: authentic Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls, right here at a sit-down eatery in Bethesda, and they taste like you got them right out of Geno's window in the [[Philadelphia|City of Brotherly Love]]. If you're not from Philadelphia, you can look like you are in the know by ordering a "nine (or twelve) inch whiz wit." Don't worry, they'll understand that, you won't look silly, and you'll get your cheesesteak with the traditional cheese whiz and grilled onions. In addition to legit Philly cheesesteaks and late hours, this eatery draws customers with a bunch of specialty subs, like the ''missteak'', a monstruous sub stuffed with 1 lb steak, 8 pieces bacon, pepperoni, fries, and three types of cheese (feeds up to four).</eat>
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* <eat name="South Street Steaks" alt="" address="4856 Cordell Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 215-7972" email="" fax="" url="http://southstreetsteaks.com" hours="Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-3AM" price="$7-16">Philly cheesesteaks. No, really: authentic Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls, right here at a sit-down eatery in Bethesda, and they taste like you got them right out of Geno's window in [[Philadelphia]]. If you're not from Philadelphia, you can look like you are in the know by ordering a "nine (or twelve) inch whiz wit." Don't worry, they'll understand that, you won't look silly, and you'll get your cheesesteak with the traditional cheese whiz and grilled onions. In addition to legit Philly cheesesteaks and late hours, this eatery draws customers with a bunch of specialty subs, like the ''missteak'', a monstruous sub stuffed with 1 lb steak, 8 pieces bacon, pepperoni, fries, and three types of cheese (feeds up to four).</eat>
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* <eat name="Tastee Diner" address="7731 Woodmont Ave" phone="+1 301 652-3970" email="" fax="" hours="24 hours daily" price="$3-11" url="http://tasteediner.com/">Looking for the true American diner experience with greasy spoons and waitresses with too much eye shadow? How about cheap eats any time of day or night? Look no further than the tried-and-true Tastee Diner to serve your needs. Indeed, this might be the most dineresque diner in the D.C. area.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Tastee Diner" address="7731 Woodmont Ave" phone="+1 301 652-3970" email="" fax="" hours="24 hours daily" price="$3-11" url="http://tasteediner.com/">Looking for the true American diner experience with greasy spoons and waitresses with too much eye shadow? How about cheap eats any time of day or night? Look no further than the tried-and-true Tastee Diner to serve your needs. Indeed, this might be the most dineresque diner in the D.C. area.</eat>
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* <eat name="Vace's Italian Deli" alt="" address="4705 Miller Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 654-6367" email="" fax="" url="http://vaceitaliandeli.com/" hours="M-Tu,Sa 9AM-8PM, W-F 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-4PM" price="$8-12">The Bethesda Vace's, like the one in the city, serves the best, most authentic New York style pizza you'll find anywhere this far south. Takeout only.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Vace's Italian Deli" alt="" address="4705 Miller Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 654-6367" email="" fax="" url="http://vaceitaliandeli.com/" hours="M-Tu,Sa 9AM-8PM, W-F 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-4PM" price="$8-12">The Bethesda Vace's, like the one in the city, serves the best, most authentic New York style pizza you'll find anywhere this far south. Takeout only.</eat>
  
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* <drink name="The Barking Dog" alt="" address="4723 Elm Street" directions="" phone="+1 301 654-0022" email="" fax="" url="http://thebarkingdogonline.com" hours="" price="">Dance floor upstairs.</drink>
 
* <drink name="The Barking Dog" alt="" address="4723 Elm Street" directions="" phone="+1 301 654-0022" email="" fax="" url="http://thebarkingdogonline.com" hours="" price="">Dance floor upstairs.</drink>
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* <drink name="Black's Bar & Grill" alt="" address="7750 Woodmont Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-6278" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Th 11:30AM-midnight, F 11:30AM-1AM, Sa noon-1AM, Su noon-10PM" price="">This is one of Bethesda's trendiest spaces, and it's a very nice place for a few drinks with some oysters on the half shell, particularly during happy hour (M-F 4PM-7PM), when there are good deals to be had on both the oysters and the drinks. For wine lovers, either Black's or nearby '''Grapeseed Bistro & Wine Bar''' (4865 Cordell Ave ) has the best wine list in Bethesda. It can get very crowded around meal times—make reservations.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Black's Bar & Grill" alt="" address="7750 Woodmont Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-6278" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Th 11:30AM-midnight, F 11:30AM-1AM, Sa noon-1AM, Su noon-10PM" price="">This is one of Bethesda's trendiest spaces, and it's a very nice place for a few drinks with some oysters on the half shell, particularly during happy hour (M-F 4PM-7PM), when there are good deals to be had on both the oysters and the drinks. For wine lovers, either Black's or nearby '''Grapeseed Bistro & Wine Bar''' (4865 Cordell Ave ) has the best wine list in Bethesda. It can get very crowded around meal times—make reservations.</drink>
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* <drink name="Caddies on Cordell" alt="" address="4922 Cordell Avenue" directions="" phone="+1 301 215-7730" email="" fax="" url="http://caddiesoncordell.com" hours="" price="">A sports bar.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Caddies on Cordell" alt="" address="4922 Cordell Avenue" directions="" phone="+1 301 215-7730" email="" fax="" url="http://caddiesoncordell.com" hours="" price="">A sports bar.</drink>
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* <drink name="Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle Pub" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://flanagansharpandfiddle.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good Irish pub with all the beer and food you'd expect.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle Pub" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://flanagansharpandfiddle.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good Irish pub with all the beer and food you'd expect.</drink>
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* <drink name="Ri Ra Irish Pub" alt="" address="4931 Elm St" directions="" phone="+1 301 657-1122" email="" fax="" url="http://rira.com/" hours="" price="">It's a fake Irish pub national chain, but it's nonetheless a great place for a properly poured pint of Guiness, as well as some great oysters on the half shell. The interior is beautiful, and packed with the khaki trousered Bethesda crowd.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Ri Ra Irish Pub" alt="" address="4931 Elm St" directions="" phone="+1 301 657-1122" email="" fax="" url="http://rira.com/" hours="" price="">It's a fake Irish pub national chain, but it's nonetheless a great place for a properly poured pint of Guiness, as well as some great oysters on the half shell. The interior is beautiful, and packed with the khaki trousered Bethesda crowd.</drink>
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* <drink name="Rock Bottom Brewery" alt="" address="7900 Norfolk Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-1311" email="" fax="" url="http://rockbottom.com/" hours="Su-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM" price="">The food is fine, but this small but national chain is best visited for the excellent beers on tap, which can be ordered in sampling glasses. DJs show up F-Sa nights, but this isn't really the sort of place for that. Great people watching from the outdoor seating in good weather.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Rock Bottom Brewery" alt="" address="7900 Norfolk Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-1311" email="" fax="" url="http://rockbottom.com/" hours="Su-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM" price="">The food is fine, but this small but national chain is best visited for the excellent beers on tap, which can be ordered in sampling glasses. DJs show up F-Sa nights, but this isn't really the sort of place for that. Great people watching from the outdoor seating in good weather.</drink>
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* <drink name="Bowlmor Lanes" alt="" address="5353 Westbard Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-0955" url="http://bowlmor.com/" hours="M 5PM-2AM, Tu-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-11:30PM" price="$26-36/lane per hour, Monday special: $9 all-you-can-bowl 9PM-close" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A big, 34-lane upscale bowling alley with two large and popular bars.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Bowlmor Lanes" alt="" address="5353 Westbard Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 652-0955" url="http://bowlmor.com/" hours="M 5PM-2AM, Tu-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-11:30PM" price="$26-36/lane per hour, Monday special: $9 all-you-can-bowl 9PM-close" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A big, 34-lane upscale bowling alley with two large and popular bars.</drink>
  
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* <sleep name="Bethesda Marriott Suites" alt="" address="6711 Democracy Boulevard" directions="" phone="+1 301 897-5600" url="http://bethesdamarriottsuites.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Bethesda Marriott Suites" alt="" address="6711 Democracy Boulevard" directions="" phone="+1 301 897-5600" url="http://bethesdamarriottsuites.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Bethesda Court Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 301 656-2100" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesdacourtwashdc.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">One-and-a-half blocks from the Bethesda Metro station.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Bethesda Court Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 301 656-2100" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesdacourtwashdc.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">One-and-a-half blocks from the Bethesda Metro station.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Doubletree Bethesda Maryland" alt="" address="8120 Wisconsin Ave" directions="" phone="301-652-2000" url="http://www.doubletreebethesda.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$100-260" lat="" long="">Located in the heart of downtown Bethesda</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hyatt Regency Bethesda" alt="" address="One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave)" directions="" phone="+1 301 657-1234" url="http://Bethesda.Hyatt.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$140-260" lat="" long="">A large Hyatt located right on top of the Bethesda Metro station.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hyatt Regency Bethesda" alt="" address="One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave)" directions="" phone="+1 301 657-1234" url="http://Bethesda.Hyatt.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$140-260" lat="" long="">A large Hyatt located right on top of the Bethesda Metro station.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Bethesda Marriott" alt="" address="5151 Pooks Hill Road" directions="" phone="+1 301 897-9400" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesdamarriott.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Within minutes of downtown Bethesda.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Bethesda Marriott" alt="" address="5151 Pooks Hill Road" directions="" phone="+1 301 897-9400" email="" fax="" url="http://bethesdamarriott.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Within minutes of downtown Bethesda.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Bethesda North Marriott Hotel &amp; Conference Center" alt="" address="5701 Marinelli Road" directions="" phone="+1 301 822-9200" url="bethesdanorthmarriott.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">This hotel offers conference space and services for any event. It also offers a fitness center, heated indoor pool, restaurants, the largest ballroom in Maryland.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Bethesda North Marriott Hotel &amp; Conference Center" alt="" address="5701 Marinelli Road" directions="" phone="+1 301 822-9200" url="bethesdanorthmarriott.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">This hotel offers conference space and services for any event. It also offers a fitness center, heated indoor pool, restaurants, the largest ballroom in Maryland.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Residence Inn Bethesda" alt="" address="7335 Wisconsin Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 718-0200" url="http://marriott.com/WASBR " checkin="" checkout="" price="$270-360" lat="" long="">Located near the Naval Medical Center, NIH, FDA and NRC. One block from the Bethesda metro station.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Residence Inn Bethesda" alt="" address="7335 Wisconsin Ave" directions="" phone="+1 301 718-0200" url="http://marriott.com/WASBR " checkin="" checkout="" price="$270-360" lat="" long="">Located near the Naval Medical Center, NIH, FDA and NRC. One block from the Bethesda metro station.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Doubletree Bethesda Maryland" alt="" address="8120 Wisconsin Ave " directions="" phone="301-652-2000" url="http://www.doubletreebethesda.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$100-260" lat="" long="">Located in the heart of downtown Bethesda</sleep>
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==Get out==  
  
The Capital Crescent Trail [http://cctrail.org] passes through Bethesda, and provides a bike trail from [[Washington (D.C.)/Georgetown|Georgetown]] to [[Silver Spring]]. Between Bethesda and Georgetown the trail is smooth asphalt suitable for rollerblading, while from Bethesda to Silver Spring is currently loose gravel.
 
  
 
* The grave of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) at the nearby Saint Mary's Cemetery in [[Rockville]].
 
* The grave of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) at the nearby Saint Mary's Cemetery in [[Rockville]].
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For other places with the same name, see Bethesda (disambiguation).

Bethesda [1] is an unincorprated city in Montgomery County in the state of Maryland. It is located right on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., inside the Beltway.

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Understand

Bethesda was a quiet suburb until 1984, when the Metro Red Line was extended. This brought an explosion of growth, and many high rise office and apartment buildings were built. Bethesda became the major suburban destination in Maryland for wining and dining, and is much more family-friendly than anywhere in D.C. itself. In 2009, Bethesda was ranked #1 in Forbes' list of most educated towns, #1 in CNN Money's list of highest earning towns, and #1 Total Beauty's Hottest-Guy Cities.

Get in

Downtown Bethesda

By metro

The Bethesda Metro Station is served by Washington, D.C. Metro Red Line and is located at the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and Old Georgetown Road.

By bus

  • Tripper Bus, [2], . Service to New York's Penn Station. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in Bethesda and Rosslyn. $25.
  • Vamoose Bus, [3], ☎ +1 301 718-0036. Service to New York's Penn Station. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in Bethesda and Rosslyn. $30, +free ticket with every four.

By car

Wisconsin Ave (Route 355) and Connecticut Avenue run from Downtown Washington DC to Bethesda.

Parking is usually only available in the garages [4], which start at $1 per hour.

By bicycle

The Capital Crescent Trail [5] passes through Bethesda, and provides a bike trail from Georgetown to Silver Spring. Between Bethesda and Georgetown the trail is smooth asphalt suitable for rollerblading, while from Bethesda to Silver Spring is currently loose gravel.


Get around

By bus

The free Bethesda circulator [6] will take you around downtown Bethesda. It runs every ten minutes M-Th 7AM-midnight, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 6PM-2AM. You'll know it right away since it's mocked up like a trolley.

By foot

You can just walk around downtown Bethesda—it's not so big.


By car

Traveling around greater Bethesda (outside of the downtown area) is difficult if you don't have a car.

See

Madonna of the Trail

Bethesda is not known for its sights; it's known for its restaurants and bars. Nonetheless, you might be interested to see:

  • The National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike (north on Wisconsin), [7]. The mammoth collection of buildings housing the majority of the nation's government bio-research. Consequently, the grounds have been pretty much off-limits to non-employees since the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing anthrax mailings, since there are worries about the security of the bio-weapons research programs here. But the view from Wisconsin Ave of the main building is plenty impressive. If you see a helicopter landing on that main building, it's probably the president or one of the top cabinet officials—this is where they get their repairs.
  • The Madonna of the Trail statue, Wisconsin Ave & Old Georgetown Rd. The Madonna of the Trail is a sixteen foot monument to the benighted wives who were dragged out west to extreme hardship and poverty in the wild by their adventurous pioneer husbands.

Do

  • Strathmore Hall (The Music Center at Strathmore), 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385, (301) 581-5100, [8]. A fantastic hall for seeing concerts because of its state-of-the-art acoustics and great seating. Even the last row has great sound and viewing lines. Check the schedule to find everything from classical music symphonies to rock concerts to kids music performances. The Metro Red Line "Grosvenor-Strathmore" station is adjacent to the facility.

Events

  • Summer Concerts, [9]. W noon-2PM (Old Georgetown & Woodmont), Th 6PM-8PM (Woodmont & Norfolk), weekly May-July. Two free concerts every week throughout the summer is a pretty nice deal. Check the website for details on who's playing. Free.
  • Bethesda Outdoor Movies, Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues. 9PM daily. Five nights of free outdoor movies, usually very family friendly. Check website for exact dates and to see which movies are playing. Free.
  • Taste of Bethesda, [10]. Early October, 11AM-4PM. The taste of Bethesda is the biggest festival of the year, when people from all over the area come to sample Bethesda's restaurant offerings and to enjoy big free concerts. A pack of 4 taste tickets costs $5, and restaurants will give you a food serving for 1-3 tickets. A ton of restaurants participate, and Bethesda's restaurants are good!

Buy

  • Apple Store Bethesda Row, 4860 Bethesda Avenue, (301) 634-0880, [11]. One of the few Apple stores in the DC area.


  • Daddy and Son Camiceria Italiana, 4836 Bethesda Ave, +1 301 652-0595, [12]. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-5PM. The one U.S. location of the famous Italian men's boutique is in Bethesda, and it's a great place to find tasteful, designer silk ties, as well as shirts, slacks, sweaters, etc. Particularly geared towards younger men.


Shopping Malls

  • Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd, [13].
  • White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, 301.468.5777, [14].


Eat

Bethesda has about 180 restaurants. It is known throughout the Washington D.C. area for the abundance of restaurants in the downtown area.

  • Bangkok Garden, 4906 St. Elmo Ave., +1 301 951-0670, [15]. This Thai restaurant is one of the best in the D.C. area. It has relatively inexpensive food served in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • Bethesda Crab House, 4958 Bethesda Ave, +1 301 652-3382, [16]. 9AM-11PM daily. What better reason to cross the District line into Maryland than a Maryland crab feast! This is not a nice restaurant, it is a crab shack that somehow made its way into Bethesda, with the brown paper on the table, buckets of crabs, tons of Old Bay seasoning, and a lot of messy patrons. $20-40; all-you-can-eat crab feast: $35/person.
  • Jaleo, 7271 Woodmont Ave, +1 301 913-0003, [17]. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight. José Andrés' excursion to Bethesda brings the same excellent modern takes on Spanish tapas and the same excellent sherry and port lists. While extremely popular, this location is big enough where you can get a table without reservations. $20-40.
  • Maki Maki, 8023 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda MD 20814, TEL: (301) 913-9888, [18]. Mon - Sat : 11:00 AM -- 10:00 PM Sunday : 12:00 Noon - 9:30. Just a bit north of the hotbed of restaurants, this unassuming but pleasant and friendly corner sushi bar is excellent. They specialize in creative sushi (or Maki) dishes like the "Red Dragon" (Spicy crunch tuna inside, Toped with Avocado, tobiko & Spicy sauce) and "Fuji Maki" (Eel, Tobiko, Shrimp Tempura, Cucumber, Tamago, Cream Cheese & Eel Sauce). It's also becoming a neighborhood favorite with the many families in the area. $15-30.
  • Passage to India, 4931 Cordell Ave, +1 301 656-3373, [19]. 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10PM daily. The often fiery cuisine here is some of the best Indian food you'll find anywhere in the metro area, and it's also attractive, rather quiet, and has reliably excellent service. If you are up for a challenge, try to finish one of their vindaloos without asking them to dull down the spice level. $16-30.
  • Raku, 7240 Woodmont Ave, +1 202 718-8680, [20]. Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, Sa-Su noon-3PM; dinner: Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-10:30PM. Arguably the best Asian food in Bethesda. It's kid-friendly and rather noisy, but the food is made with incredibly fresh, high quality ingredients, and will not likely disappoint. Very popular so make a reservation or get there early. $11-35.
  • South Street Steaks, 4856 Cordell Ave, +1 301 215-7972, [21]. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-3AM. Philly cheesesteaks. No, really: authentic Philly cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls, right here at a sit-down eatery in Bethesda, and they taste like you got them right out of Geno's window in Philadelphia. If you're not from Philadelphia, you can look like you are in the know by ordering a "nine (or twelve) inch whiz wit." Don't worry, they'll understand that, you won't look silly, and you'll get your cheesesteak with the traditional cheese whiz and grilled onions. In addition to legit Philly cheesesteaks and late hours, this eatery draws customers with a bunch of specialty subs, like the missteak, a monstruous sub stuffed with 1 lb steak, 8 pieces bacon, pepperoni, fries, and three types of cheese (feeds up to four). $7-16.
  • Tastee Diner, 7731 Woodmont Ave, +1 301 652-3970, [22]. 24 hours daily. Looking for the true American diner experience with greasy spoons and waitresses with too much eye shadow? How about cheap eats any time of day or night? Look no further than the tried-and-true Tastee Diner to serve your needs. Indeed, this might be the most dineresque diner in the D.C. area. $3-11.
  • Vace's Italian Deli, 4705 Miller Ave, +1 301 654-6367, [23]. M-Tu,Sa 9AM-8PM, W-F 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-4PM. The Bethesda Vace's, like the one in the city, serves the best, most authentic New York style pizza you'll find anywhere this far south. Takeout only. $8-12.

Drink

All of Maryland, including Bethesda, is smoke-free in restaurants and bars.

  • The Barking Dog, 4723 Elm Street, +1 301 654-0022, [24]. Dance floor upstairs.
  • Black's Bar & Grill, 7750 Woodmont Ave, +1 301 652-6278. M-Th 11:30AM-midnight, F 11:30AM-1AM, Sa noon-1AM, Su noon-10PM. This is one of Bethesda's trendiest spaces, and it's a very nice place for a few drinks with some oysters on the half shell, particularly during happy hour (M-F 4PM-7PM), when there are good deals to be had on both the oysters and the drinks. For wine lovers, either Black's or nearby Grapeseed Bistro & Wine Bar (4865 Cordell Ave ) has the best wine list in Bethesda. It can get very crowded around meal times—make reservations.
  • Caddies on Cordell, 4922 Cordell Avenue, +1 301 215-7730, [25]. A sports bar.
  • Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle Pub, [26]. Good Irish pub with all the beer and food you'd expect.
  • Ri Ra Irish Pub, 4931 Elm St, +1 301 657-1122, [27]. It's a fake Irish pub national chain, but it's nonetheless a great place for a properly poured pint of Guiness, as well as some great oysters on the half shell. The interior is beautiful, and packed with the khaki trousered Bethesda crowd.
  • Rock Bottom Brewery, 7900 Norfolk Ave, +1 301 652-1311, [28]. Su-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM. The food is fine, but this small but national chain is best visited for the excellent beers on tap, which can be ordered in sampling glasses. DJs show up F-Sa nights, but this isn't really the sort of place for that. Great people watching from the outdoor seating in good weather.
  • Bowlmor Lanes, 5353 Westbard Ave, +1 301 652-0955, [29]. M 5PM-2AM, Tu-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-11:30PM. A big, 34-lane upscale bowling alley with two large and popular bars. $26-36/lane per hour, Monday special: $9 all-you-can-bowl 9PM-close.

Sleep

  • Bethesda Marriott Suites, 6711 Democracy Boulevard, +1 301 897-5600, [30].
  • Bethesda Court Hotel, +1 301 656-2100, [31]. One-and-a-half blocks from the Bethesda Metro station.
  • Doubletree Bethesda Maryland, 8120 Wisconsin Ave, 301-652-2000, [32]. Located in the heart of downtown Bethesda $100-260.
  • Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave), +1 301 657-1234, [33]. A large Hyatt located right on top of the Bethesda Metro station. $140-260.
  • Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, +1 301 897-9400, [34]. Within minutes of downtown Bethesda.
  • Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, +1 301 822-9200, [35]. This hotel offers conference space and services for any event. It also offers a fitness center, heated indoor pool, restaurants, the largest ballroom in Maryland.
  • Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Ave, +1 301 718-0200, [36]. Located near the Naval Medical Center, NIH, FDA and NRC. One block from the Bethesda metro station. $270-360.


Get out

  • The grave of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) at the nearby Saint Mary's Cemetery in Rockville.
  • Silver Spring


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