Bethesda is an urbanized, but unincorporated, area in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington,
D.C. It takes its name from a church located there, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church.
The main commercial corridor that runs through Bethesda is Maryland Route 355 (also known as Rockville Pike),
which, to the north, connects Bethesda with the communities of North Bethesda and Rockville, ending,
after several name changes, in Frederick, Maryland.
Toward the South, Rockville Pike becomes Wisconsin Avenue near the NIH Campus and continues beyond
Bethesda through Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Maryland and into Washington, DC, ending in Georgetown.
The area commonly known as "downtown Bethesda" is centered at the intersection of Route 355 (Wisconsin Avenue)
with Maryland Route 187 (Old Georgetown Road), and Maryland Route 410 (called "East-West Highway").
Much of the dense construction in that area followed the opening of the Bethesda station on the Red Line of
the Washington Metro rapid transit system, also located at this intersection and the centerpiece of the
Bethesda Metro Center development. The "downtown," which includes the restaurant districts of Bethesda
Row and Woodmont Triangle, lies about 0.7 miles south of Bethesda's other Red Line stop, Medical Center,
which serves the NIH Campus and Bethesda Naval Hospital. Bethesda Row and Woodmont Triangle are under
heavy development, including several luxury condominiums, restaurants, and businesses.
The outer rim of Bethesda is known for older houses that still hold a strong value in today s
residential market. Even with the great bubble burst this in 2006, Bethesda real estate seems
to be holding strong.
Important institutions located in Bethesda include the National Institutes of Health, the Consumer
Product Safety Commission, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Naval Surface
Warfare Center, Carderock Division. Bethesda is also home to the National Naval Medical Center,
commonly referred to as Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Bethesda is renowned for its extensive collection of restaurants 180 were listed at the end of 2004 offering
cuisine ranging from Afghan to Vietnamese. Bethesda is also home to two vibrant farmers markets,
the Montgomery Farm Woman's Cooperative Market and the Bethesda Farmer's Market, as well as
numerous cinemas and art galleries.
Many prestigious private college preparatory schools find their homes in Bethesda including the Holton-Arms
School, Georgetown Preparatory School, and the Stone Ridge School.
In addition, Bethesda has many good public schools. Bethesda's primary public high
schools were ranked by Newsweek Magazine in 2006 as among the best in the country.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was ranked 34th nationally, Walter Johnson High School ranked 101st
and Walt Whitman High School was ranked 116th.
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