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48 Hours in Bethesda, Maryland

A visit to Bethesda, Maryland is a must on any U.S. traveler’s list. The city is situated near Washington, DC, and oftentimes is outshone by its famous sister. But visitors to Bethesda quickly see the charm and beauty of this wonderful town, even if they only have 48 hours to explore. Before you go, check out our Bethesda picks below, they shouldn’t be missed!

Photo by, Eddie Welker
Photo by, Eddie Welker

Strathmore Concert Hall

At Strathmore Concert Hall, visitors can enjoy a wide range of music, covering all manner of genres. This is where you will hear classic violinists one night and rock music the next, along with some of the nation’s most popular bands. The acoustics here are outstanding, making it the top choice for concert goers in the area. Tickets are available online or at the box office prior to the show.

Ratner Museum

The Ratner Museum offers a full cultural experience to visitors. This unique museum showcases stunning works of art, with an emphasis to Jewish artists. The different exhibits provide an intimate look at different artists’ work arranged throughout several beautiful galleries. This peaceful getaway is perfect for a rainy afternoon or to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Cabin John Regional Park

At Cabin John Regional Park, visitors of all ages can find shade under the trees and admire the foliage throughout the changing seasons. The park offers tennis courts, a dog park, an ice skating rink, a nature center, campground, several trails, a miniature train and picnic and playground areas. Sit on a bench and people watch, or pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. This is a great spot to visit with the little ones, who might need to burn off some energy.

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

The growing theatre market in Bethesda has nurtured an environment filled with unique and classic shows alike. In 1938 the Bethesda Theatre opened to an audience ready for cinema. After several renovations the space is now a Blues and Jazz supper club with 300 available dinner seats and 200 additional seats.

Good Eats

Bethesda eateries have come a long way, boasting everything from quaint bakeries to sophisticated restaurants perfect for a romantic evening out. Begin your day with breakfast at Bethesda Bagels, a delicious bagel shop serving bagels and spreads of all kinds. Lunch at Mon Ami Gabi gives you the perfect taste of a French bistro. Unwind in the evening with a glass of wine at Grapeseed and then grab a seat in our pick for cozy dinner locale: Positano Ristorante Italiano, the best end to an idyllic day.


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