7 days in Bethesda, Rockville & Reston Itinerary

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Bethesda
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Rockville
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Reston
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Bethesda — 1 night

Bethesda is a census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House (1820, rebuilt 1849), which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at College Park Aviation Museum, view the masterpieces at Waverly Street Gallery, then walk around Cabin John Regional Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Ratner Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bethesda trip planner.

Washington DC to Bethesda is an approximately half hour car ride. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bethesda, with lows of 65°F. You will leave for Rockville on the 28th (Fri).
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Rockville — 2 nights

Rockville is a city located in the central region of Montgomery County, Maryland. On the 28th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Olivet Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Monocacy National Battlefield, and then admire the landmark architecture of Rockville B&O Railroad Station. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Needwood, then kick your exploration up a notch at Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, and then stop by Rockville Town Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockville online trip itinerary planner.

Rockville is just a short distance from Bethesda. In August in Rockville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. You'll set off for Reston on the 30th (Sun).
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Reston — 3 nights

Reston is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters and Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Surf Reston - Stand Up Paddleboarding and Pearmund Cellars. Change things up with these side-trips from Reston: The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail (in Warrenton), The Winery at La Grange (in Haymarket) and Historic Fort Loudoun Site (in Winchester). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Reston Town Center, get engrossed in the history at NRA National Firearms Museum, see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and make a splash at Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Reston visit planning website.

Reston is very close to Rockville. In August, daytime highs in Reston are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive back home.
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