Area Attractions

We invite you to enjoy the lovely fall weather as you stroll outside to shop or dine at Bethesda Row or Rockville Town Center. For an indoor shopping and dining experience, try Mazza Gallerie or Montgomery Mall. The newest development in the Rockville area is Pike & Rose, an outdoor Mall concept offering entertainment, shopping and dining. Pike Rose is conveniently located 0.4 miles from the Bethesda N Marriott Hotel & Conf Ctr.

Make sure to plan a little extra time during your visit and check out some of these top things to do in the area. Nearby Metrorail access leads to Washington, DC’s monuments, museums, wonderful restaurants, vibrant cultural activities and historic attractions. Popular attractions include:

National Zoo
Covering more than 160 acres, the zoo is easily accessible by Metrorail. Pavel, the zoo’s newest addition to the Great Cats habitat, is an Amur Tiger. The Great Cat Habitat has been home to Sumatran Tigers primarily, which makes the addition of Pavel the Amur Tiger special. He is the first of his endangered species to be on exhibit at the Zoo in 70 years!


The National Mall
The National Mall is visited by more than 25 million people annually and is home to iconic monuments including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the World War II Memorial. At the eastern end is the domed US Capitol, and the White House is to the north. It's also flanked by Smithsonian museums and the nearby Tidal Basin reservoir, which is known for its blossoming cherry trees.


National Air and Space Museum
This popular tourist attraction has something for everyone with a wide array of permanent and rotating exhibits. Don’t miss the rock from the Moon on display for visitors to touch!


White House
If you want a tour of the grounds and state rooms, you’ll need to call your Congressional representative months in advance to help you secure a tour reservation. Advanced security and background checks are required.


Kennedy Center
Home to the National Symphony Orchestra, National Opera & Ballet and many touring artists, we encourage you to check to see what performances are available during your stay.


National Museum of American History
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. It helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts including the original Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The Museum’s collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history.


National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities. Altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, housing collections of more than 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts.

Seen and done all the monuments and museums? Try venturing off the beaten path and discover these hidden gems: