Did you know? As of 2014, Bethesda was ranked first on the Forbes magazine list of America's most educated towns.
Bethesda is located northwest of Washington, D.C., within easy commuting or day-tripping distance. The city is best known as the location of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Bethesda is also home to numerous, high-quality golf courses and well-maintained city parks.
Best Restaurant in Bethesda: It is a must dine for anyone who loves traditional and authentic Italian cuisine. Don't expect to spend a fortune - Olazzo has been named on the Washingtonian's Top 100 Best Bargain Restaurant list.
Best Ethnic Cuisine: Kadhai Boutique Indian Cuisine A perennial favorite at Taste of Bethesda, many people call this the best Indian food on the East Coast. The cuisine is full of rich and authentic flavors. Definitely try the Chicken Makhani!
Best Desserts: Georgetown Cupcake at Bethesda Row These aren't just any cupcake - they're gourmet cupcakes. They bake on-site daily and have an unimaginable variety to choose from, all made with the highest-quality ingredients and attention to detail. They even offer gluten-free and vegan cupcake options!
Best Shopping: Shoppes of Bethesda offer a variety of high-end shops, like Underwraps and Ten Thousand Villages, along with unique dining opportunities and great services like Mane Event Hair Salon. The Shoppes are located close to other great shopping locales as well, including Bethesda Row.