Welcome to Bethesda
Bustling, pedestrian-friendly bedroom community
Offering idyllic residential living and a bustling downtown, this D.C. suburb is close to the city but still features a vibrant culture of its own.
Wide side streets and large houses dominate the landscape here, and an efficient public transportation system with Metro and bus service allows access to every corner of the region.
Home to several corporate headquarters and an abundance of medical care and professional services, Bethesda combines the conveniences of the suburbs with the urbanity of a small city.
There is ample green space, such as the Capital Crescent trail linking to Georgetown and Silver Spring, a popular route for runners and bikers. Bethesda also features several community events and gathering spots.
Full of older homes that have been refurbished or replaced with larger, modern housing, the area also features a stock of modern luxury condominiums. Families investigating schools should research Walt Whitman High School, one of the area’s best.
What to Love
- Idyllic residential living and a bustling downtown
- Ample green space and plenty of popular routes for runners and bikers
- A mix of older, refurbished homes and luxe, modern condominiums
People & Lifestyle
Both families and singles gravitate toward Bethesda for a variety of reasons. If you love eating out, you’ll be at home here with a variety of outposts of D.C. restaurants and many unique, independent eateries. There’s also plenty of downtown boutique shopping and a blissful, slow-paced lifestyle.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Dining options abound in Bethesda. Try Woodmont Grill for upscale American fare and live jazz nightly or Bistro Provence for an open kitchen French cuisine concept served in a small Provençal-themed space. Black’s Bar Kitchen is a new American seafood spot featuring organic ingredients, regional flavors, and a prominent wine display, and Jaleo is a tapas-focused bistro that caters to a happy-hour crowd.
Things to Do
Residents take advantage of the numerous galleries and theaters here and eat at a range of internationally inspired restaurants.
The annual Taste of Bethesda outdoor food festival gathers more than 50 different eateries in Woodmont Triangle for a sampling of local fare.
At Glen Echo Park, you’ll find classes, camps, and other art-supporting activities, and Imagination Stage offers theater shows and after-school programs for teens and young adults.
Bethesda is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Bethesda Elementary School, PK-5
- Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, 9-12
- North Bethesda Middle School, 6-8
- Walt Whitman High School, 9-12