Bethesda is a bustling city just six miles north of Washington, D.C. that offers a diverse dining scene, upscale shopping and more than 20 art museums. Travelers to Bethesda can easily visit popular attractions in Washington, such as the White House, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Mall. In Bethesda, you can spend the day exploring the city's boutiques and galleries. In the evening, enjoy a meal at one of Bethesda's upscale ethnic restaurants or take in a concert at The Strathmore, a historic mansion that now houses a concert hall.
The closest airports to Bethesda are Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). Many guests choose to stay in Downtown Bethesda where there are a number of hotels available within walking distance of restaurants, stores and art galleries. To get into Washington, visitors can either make the 20-minute drive via I-495 or hop on the Metro Red Line.
Art lovers may want to visit Bethesda in October for the Bethesda Row Arts festival, when hundreds of galleries and artists line Bethesda's downtown streets. If you do visit in October, you may want to bring a jacket. Bethesda has seasonal temperatures ranging from the mid-20s or lower in the winter all the way up to the high 80s during the summer.