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Things to Do in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington D.C.

There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Bethesda, Maryland and America’s capital city. From shopping and dining to sightseeing and tours, Washington D.C. is a world-class city that is home to some of the world’s greatest attractions, many of them free. The 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution are publicly funded and never charge admission. Go totally wild at the National Zoo, which is home to rare pandas and is also one of the fun, free attractions you won’t want to miss in Washington, D.C. See where it all happens by taking a seat in the gallery at the United States Capitol Building, where you can watch laws, and perhaps even history, being made. The American Inn is the perfect place to experience the very best Washington D.C. has to offer, within 5 miles of the White House, the National Portrait Gallery, the SPY Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial and so much more.

Featured Bethesda, MD Area Attractions

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The National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Just 1 mile from the American Inn of Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland is the leading agency of health and bio-medical research for the United States government. Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health is a far-flung organization that comprises more than two dozen distinctly focused research and study institutions, each reporting to the Office of the Director of the NIH. Learn more…

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Walter Reed Medical Center

Walter Reed Medical Center – The American Inn of Bethesda is located less than 1 mile from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which has been serving our nation’s military for many years and continues to expand services on their 243 acre premises. They have a special focus on wounded military personnel and their families, and include many advanced health departments such as cancer, surgery, eye care, behavioral health and more. Learn more…

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Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival – Every spring, Washington, D.C. is covered in pink blossoms as thousands of cherry trees bloom throughout the city. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event that celebrates not only these beautiful trees, but also what they symbolize–friendship, peace and harmony. Learn more…

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Bethesda Shopping

Bethesda Shopping – Experience the many delights that await you in Bethesda shopping malls at Westfield Montgomery Shopping Mall in Bethesda. From fine home furnishings to clothing, jewelry and electronics, the Montgomery Mall has it all. Top stores include Eileen Fisher, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aldo, American Apparel, Apple, Gymboree, Guess, the Disney Store, Mimi Maternity and department stores Sears, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Learn more…

Also enjoy nearby Washington D.C. things to do:

Lincoln Memorial – The Lincoln Memorial pays tribute to one of America’s greatest presidents and occupies a famous place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Assassinated while serving as President, Abraham Lincoln is today remembered with a towering statue that dominates the entrance to his memorial, which was designed by Henry Bacon. To learn more about visiting one of Washington D.C.’s best attractions, visit www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm.

The White House – The White House is the home of America’s presidents. The first White House was built in 1792 and America’s first president, George Washington, supervised its construction. After being reconstructed to repair damages suffered during the War of 1812, the White House that stands today is a gleaming, historic landmark that has been home to centuries of powerful American history.  Learn more at www.whitehouse.gov/about/history.

Fun Things to Do in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington D.C.

The National Zoo – The National Zoo is Washington D.C.’s largest and most notable animal park and home to more than 2,000 animals, including its beloved panda bears. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, admission to the Washington, D.C. zoo is always free. It’s a great place to take the kids and one of the best free things to do for families in Washington D.C. Spend the day exploring fascinating animal exhibits at one of the leading zoological centers in the world. To learn about fun things to do with kids at the National Zoo, please visit www.nationalzoo.si.edu.

The National Museum of Natural History – This Washington D.C. favorite is one of the 19 museums in the cherished Smithsonian Institution collection and ranks among the greatest natural history museums anywhere in the world. See the spectacular Hope Diamond, marvel at giant dinosaur bones and see ancient artifacts that document the cultures of people from across the globe. As one of the Smithsonian Institution museums, admission is always free. To learn more about totally fun, free things to do at the National Museum of Natural History, visit www.mnh.si.edu.