A Dynamic Destination

As one of Maryland’s more renowned locations, Bethesda is still one community with a world of surprises. A destination for ethnic restaurants, boutiques, home décor shops, and trendy hot spots—residents and visitors also value its business center with convenient Washington, D.C. access. A Metro station in the heart of downtown, and the free Bethesda Circular, make getting around even easier.

Forbes 2014 Most Educated Town in America

Highest median family incomes, Time magazine 2014

Home to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

An urban community with hundreds of restaurants and retailers

Bethesda Metro station handles more than 15,000 passengers each weekday


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Diverse Dining

Downtown Bethesda’s restaurant community showcases diverse cuisine from around the world. Whether you’re looking for American or Vietnamese, Bethesda‘s nearly 200 restaurants are sure to offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Special Events

Bethesda Urban Partnership produces year-round events including the Taste of Bethesda, Imagination Bethesda, the Bethesda Literary Festival, Bethesda Outdoor Movies, a free Summer Concert Series and others. More than 200 volunteers participate and are vital to their success.

Arts & Entertainment District

The state of Maryland designated downtown Bethesda as an Arts & Entertainment District in 2002. From award-winning theatre to independent films, the district is filled with inspiring artists and arts venues—including unique galleries and public art throughout the streets. Special tax incentives are also in place to benefit artists, arts enterprises and developers in the area.

    Fabulous Trees

    Located in south Bethesda, the Fort Sumner neighborhood takes its name from the Civil War fort that stood there until 1956, leaving mature trees that create the area’s ambiance. Residents also appreciate its location—the Capital Crescent Trail and C&O Canal towpath are each within a half mile, and just a 30-minute bike ride to Georgetown. And residents don't need to go into D.C. for a peek at the famed cherry blossoms; Bethesda's Kenwood neighborhood is home to 1,200 cherry trees that line the streets and attract huge Spring crowds.

    More Great Reasons

    • Top-rated Montgomery County Public School system
    • Ranked #1 Most Educated Place in the U.S. by NerdWallet
    • Free Wi-Fi connection available in downtown Bethesda
    • Easy access to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, including three major airports

    Bethesda is a 24/7 community, and an excellent place to live, work and be entertained.

    Isiah Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County, MD Government

    Bethesda Hot Spots


    As one of the most affluent and educated communities in the nation, Bethesda is the perfect place for any business to call home.