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Bethesda, MD

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Bethesda, MD, located just outside of Washington, DC in Montgomery County, MD, is a vibrant urban destination for shopping, dining and artistic and cultural events. It is home to condos and single family homes, as well as corporate headquarters like Marriott. 

The best-known part of Bethesda - East-West Highway, Georgetown Road, and Wisconsin Avenue or the shopping area near Woodmont Triangle – is actually only a small part of the neighborhood. Much of Bethesda is occupied by residential areas like Woodburn, Whitehall Manor, and Woodhaven. Bethesda is bounded on the north by I-495 and on the south by the District/Maryland line at Western Avenue. On the west, Bethesda is bounded by the curve of I-495 and Cabin John Parkway, Massachusetts Avenue, and Sagamore Road. 

Bethesda is home to meandering streets lined with large estates and single-family. Like many affluent DC suburbs, older homes are being replaced by new-construction homes. More and more condo developments have also sprouted up in the last decade.

Fun Things To Do in Bethesda

  • Explore Woodmont Triangle. A major entertainment area, Woodmont Triangle is home to Imagination Stage (great for all ages), Big Planet Comics, and a plethora of trendy bars and restaurants.

  • Shop, eat, and people-watch at Bethesda Row. The more familiar entertainment district in the neighborhood’s downtown, Bethesda Row highlights include the Apple Store, the Bethesda Bagels, Jeni's Ice Cream, and Bethesda Row Cinema's independent film scene.

  • See a concert at Strathmore. Strathmore features a beautiful wood-paneled concert hall that hosts local and international talent.

  • Walk or bike the Capital Crescent trail. The Capital Crescent Trail offers a peaceful path along which you can stroll to grab food in one direction, or immerse yourself in nature in the other. It connects to the Georgetown Waterfront and Silver Spring.

  • Grab A Late-Night (or Anytime) Bite at the Tastee Diner. Open 24/7, Tastee Diner has been serving hungry patrons since 1935. Enjoy breakfast at any time of the day.


Downtown Bethesda is quite walkable, with the metro station and the free circulator bus. Moving westward, Bethesda requires a car or patience with MetroBus. Metrobus routes, including the T2, the 32, and the 39, carry commuters into the neighborhood’s residential areas along main routes like River Road, Whittier Boulevard, and Wilson Lane. Many commuters travel via the Capital Crescent Trail and bike all the way to Georgetown.

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