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Exploring Bethesda, MD

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Featuring a canopy of sandstone buildings, Bethesda features a slew of attractions to visit during your time here. From sprawling golf courses and fitness centers equipped with all the necessary amenities to salons and spas catering to all your needs, this bustling town evokes a sense of both excitement and tranquility. Visit one of its many informative museums showcasing historical and interactive exhibitions, or admire nature’s creations at the National Zoological Park, a delightful experience for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking to embark on a retreat with your family and loved ones, Bethesda, with its eclectic, versatile and diverse nuances, is certainly the place to go! Here is a list of sights and experiences you might be interested in, during your stay here.


Aveda

Aveda is a salon and spa, catering to both women and men. This heavenly retreat is known among the best spas in the city due to the treatments offered here; these include hair treatments and coloring, curling, straightening, nail care, make up services, body massages, and various relaxing skin treatments. Featuring state of the art equipment, and a highly hospitable and trained staff, Aveda invites you to pamper yourself by indulging in reinvigorating experiences in a relaxing ambiance.

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Anytime Fitness

Offering an array of services aiming to boost both your physical and mental strength, Anytime Fitness lives up to its name owing to its constant emphasis on providing you with the best workout options. The brand has several gyms under its belt, employing trained professionals who aim to guide you when it comes to building stamina and muscle endurance. Located in Kensington, this establishment is equipped with all the convenient features and amenities required to ensure that your session is a fruitful one; hop onto a treadmill or engage in reinvigorating personal training courses overseen by fitness coaches. Anytime Fitness also conducts classes and group training.

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Falls Road Golf Course

Sprawling over several acres of verdant, picturesque land, Falls Road Golf Course features a series of 18 holes and other convenient golfing amenities to make your experience here an unforgettable one. The tree-lined courses and parklands make for a rejuvenating retreat with family and loved ones, and the tees here are designed to cater to players of all levels. Additionally, the open space is conducive to golf tournaments and summer camps, and the establishment also offers private and group lessons along with a range of sporting goods and equipment pertaining to golf.

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Needwood Golf Course

Known for its easily navigable courses which cater to beginners and professionals alike, Needwood Golf Course offers an array of convenient services and amenities to enhance your experience of the rejuvenating sport. Surrounded by rolling parklands and featuring 18 holes nestled amid towering trees, this sprawling course also conducts personal and group lessons for those interested in learning the nuances of golf or simply honing their skills. Apart from these, Needwood can be utilized for camps and tournaments too.

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KID Museum

A one-of-a-kind museum and play center for kids, KID Museum is a place where kids and parents can indulge in a host of educational and recreational activities. Through a number of interactive installations and workshops, this museum makes learning a lot more fun. From science and mechanics, to art, history and culture, each topic is brushed upon with a touch of excitement and liveliness. Various activities and events are also organised here, wherein kids can get a more in-depth understanding of a vast array of topics.

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Tidal Basin

If you're looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon, head to the Tidal Basin. Set in picturesque and scenic surroundings, it is truly a visual treat. Located between the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, it covers a vast area of 107 acres. Tidal Basin is also utilized as a means for flushing the Washington Channel. It is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Skirted by the surging waters of Rock Creek, the National Zoological Park is a forerunner for the title of America's finest wildlife facilities. It was created by Congress in 1889, making it one of the oldest zoos in the country. The zoo was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and New York's Central Park. The zoo is famous for its giant pandas from China but you will find all sorts of creatures, both familiar and exotic, crawling about the place. The zoo's Asia Trail gets you acquainted with fishing cats, clouded leopards and other Asian animals. Also, the zoo is home to the Elephant Trails, Lemur Island, Cheetah Conservation and Great Cats, where you can witness mighty lions and tigers in action. Birds and reptiles from across the world also call the Smithsonian National Zoological Park their home.

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National Air and Space Museum

Dating back to 1946, the National Air and Space Museum is home to quite a few aircraft that narrate fascinating stories. Everything from the iconic Wright Brothers' Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to World War II planes and Apollo 11 is displayed here, attracting history aficionados, science buffs and aviation fans alike. you also have the option of using the audio-visual aid to understand the technical aspects. Also found here is the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater where you can marvel at aircraft and space films on the five-story screen. Apart from that, the National Air and Space Museum also has the original Star Trek model of the USS Enterprise on display, which is a special attraction.

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Clara Barton National Historic Site

Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which retains its essence even today. Admission is free.

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McCrillis Gardens

McCrillis Gardens was gifted by William and Virginia McCrillis to the Maryland-National Capital Park in 1978. Since then this beautiful garden has been a gem of a place for nature lovers. You will find perennials and other gorgeous blooms that make this place come alive with warmth and color. This garden also features a pavilion and benches.

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Glen Echo Park

This former amusement park changed its focus from thrilling rides to artistic amusements, many of which are directed at families. A beautiful hand-carved carousel is the only ride still operating in the park, now administered by the National Park Service. Visitors will find plenty of entertainment ranging from performances at the Puppet Company Playhouse to children's stories at the Adventure Theatre. Dances like swing, square-dancing and the waltz, among others, are held at the Spanish Ballroom.

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Music Center at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore has been hosting music shows since 1981. World class performances by local, national and international talents take place here. Several organizations, each unique in their own way, host concerts spanning numerous genres from folk and jazz to rock and pop, thus offering something for every music taste here. Concerts are held at one of the many spaces featured on the premises of this expansive venue. These include the Concert Hall and the Rehearsal Rooms.

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