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Bethesda Travel

Bethes­da is known for its diverse cul­ture, eclec­tic restau­rants, and its prox­im­i­ty to Wash­ing­ton DC. 

Peo­ple vis­it Bethes­da to expe­ri­ence the rich cul­ture, dine in restau­rants with dif­fer­ent eth­nic foods, enjoy his­tor­i­cal the­aters, and shop. The dis­tance from Wash­ing­ton DC to Bethes­da is a mere eight miles. If you are vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton for busi­ness or to see fam­i­ly or the many attrac­tions there, you can use Lyft ser­vice or even bike to vis­it Bethes­da. There are local bus lines that trav­el from Bethes­da to DC and back. Bethes­da is a thriv­ing urban mecca.

Even with social dis­tanc­ing in place in 2020 and 2021, peo­ple are vis­it­ing Bethes­da and enjoy­ing the scenery as well as food. Some­times it may be out­side seat­ing next to a heater or to go.

Best Sites and Restau­rants in Bethes­da MD

  1. Strath­more - It boasts a near­ly 2000 seat the­ater and a music cen­ter along with out­door stages for music fes­ti­vals and events. Explore 16 acres and all the Strath­more has to offer.
  2.  Pike & Rose — Look­ing for adult fun at one of the best local evening and week­end venues? Try Pike & Rose for din­ing, shop­ping, adult bowl­ing, and live events all under one roof.
  3. Bethes­da Row —  A close sec­ond to Pike & Rose is Bethes­da Row, where you can enjoy unique local shops (includ­ing the lat­est fash­ions, home acces­sories, and bou­tiques). Look­ing for din­ing or a cafe? Bethes­da Row has that too. Be sure to check out Hawk­ers Asian Street Food and Chiko Chi­nese-Kore­an food.
  4. Chef Tony’s — Look­ing for an Ital­ian restau­rant not to miss in Bethes­da? This is it. Tony’s has all the clas­sic Ital­ian meals you crave, plus incred­i­ble fresh seafood.
  5. Taste of Bethes­da - If you hap­pen to be in Wash­ing­ton DC in Octo­ber, you must check out the Taste of Bethes­da with 60 restau­rants sup­ply­ing the best of the best local foods. Sam­ple some of every­thing and wear loose cloth­ing. This one is kid-friend­ly with face paint­ing and chil­dren’s crafts.


Stay­ing near the action in Bethes­da can be both con­ve­nient and inex­pen­sive. If you are look­ing to rent a room in off-peak times, there are many to choose from in the $30 to $50 per night range. Bethes­da also has tiny hous­es con­ve­nient to the action. Many peo­ple vis­it­ing DC stay in Bethes­da and com­mute for con­ve­nience and afford­abil­i­ty. If you are in Bethes­da, remem­ber NYC is just a bus ride away. Lux­u­ry bus trav­el is avail­able on Trip­per Bus with bus routes dai­ly between Bethes­da and New York City.

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Traveling Between DC & NYC? Consider Taking The Bus

Admit­ted­ly we are biased when it comes to bus trav­el. It’s of course our method of choice.  When we opened Trip­per Bus over a decade ago we had a desire to give New York­ers and Wash­ing­to­ni­ans a bet­ter way to trav­el to and from NYC and the DC sub­urbs with­out hav­ing to go into Wash­ing­ton, DC and then back out to the sub­urbs or vice versa.

For quite some time trav­el by bus was looked down upon as a means to get to a des­ti­na­tion. Fast for­ward to 2020, bus trav­el has changed as has it’s per­cep­tion. Today bus trav­el is often pre­ferred in lieu of oth­er meth­ods. Espe­cial­ly when it comes to direct des­ti­na­tion travel.

Pas­sen­gers have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to board lux­u­ry coach’s com­plete with ameni­ties. Coach­es are well cared for and clean. New and com­fort­able. When Trip­per Bus began oper­a­tion over a decade ago we aimed to be a part of some­thing new. Our goal was to change the per­cep­tion of bus trav­el and pro­vide pas­sen­gers with a qual­i­ty, afford­able and effi­cient ser­vice to get to their desired des­ti­na­tion. Now with over 5 awards for Best Bus to NYC from the Wash­ing­ton City Paper reader’s poll, a stel­lar review from the Wash­ing­ton Post and sev­er­al oth­er hon­ors lat­er, we’re a top choice for res­i­dents of Arling­ton, Bethes­da and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties and New York­ers who want a sim­ple way to access the DC area sub­urbs and Manhattan.

Here are a few things you need to know about our transportation service:

  • It’s all about the details. Every bus gets a detailed night­ly when return­ing from trav­el. Our bus­es are also cleaned in between trips.
  • You’ll notice our bus­es are well main­tained and updat­ed. We are con­tin­u­al­ly adding to our fleet and retir­ing bus­es that have served us well.
  • Trip­per Bus­es are equipped with com­pli­men­ta­ry WIFI and elec­tri­cal out­lets to keep you con­nect­ed why you commute.
  • On board enjoy com­pli­men­ta­ry movie pack­ages on most of our bus­es allow­ing you access to movies and tele­vi­sion series on your per­son­al device.
  • The cus­tomer expe­ri­ence is a big deal to us. Our stan­dards are high when it comes to cus­tomer ser­vice. From the moment you check in to when you arrive at your des­ti­na­tion, we want you to feel wel­come and well cared for on board. Our team val­ue’s all feed­back both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive. We like know­ing what you enjoyed, and the areas we can improve to serve you better.

Trip­per Bus offers two options for pas­sen­gers to choose from. Our stan­dard Trip­per Bus, and our Trip­per Elite Bus ser­vice which boasts of few­er seats, captain’s chairs and more leg room. Both of our ser­vices pro­vide com­fort and con­ve­nience. Trip­per Bus picks up and drops off in Ross­lyn, Vir­ginia, Bethes­da, Mary­land and in Mid­town Man­hat­tan just out­side of Penn Station.

It’s won­der­ful see­ing famil­iar faces each week. Some of our pas­sen­gers have been with us since the begin­ning and still use our ser­vice today. There’s no greater com­pli­ment.  If you need to trav­el between NYC and the DC sub­urbs, we invite you to give Trip­per Bus a try.





NYC Sightseeing Photography Tour

This Photo Tour Helps Your Visit To NYC Be Picture Perfect

Pho­tos last a life­time. Your moments in the city need to be cap­tured. Unde­ni­ably New York City is home to some of the worlds most pho­tographed land­marks. From icon­ic build­ings and bridges to land­mark loca­tions like Time Square, Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion and Cen­tral Park, there’s a lot to cap­ture in the city.

Are all pho­tos the same? That’s the ques­tion we asked our­selves before embark­ing on a pho­to safari with NYC Pho­to Safari.

Cer­tain­ly all pho­tos are NOT the same.

Pho­tog­ra­phy loves rejoice! You can see NYC through the eyes, (and lens) of pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers thanks to NYC Pho­to Safari. Pho­tog­ra­phy pros share their pro­fes­sion­al insight and insid­er tips with tourists and pho­tog­ra­phy buffs alike.  We fall into the tourist cat­e­go­ry, but were in good com­pa­ny with plen­ty of seri­ous pho­tog­ra­phy lovers.

What We Liked

Pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phy gear was not a must for this tour. While many par­tic­i­pants brought a wide range of equip­ment, we were able to shoot using a smart phone. Our guide did an amaz­ing job instruct­ing us though how to use our cho­sen “Tool” to receive the best pos­si­ble out­come. From light­ing and per­spec­tive to focus and depth, it was amaz­ing to learn from a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er how to max­i­mize images using a smart phone.

Added Bonus

Through­out the safari, our guide shared with us a great deal of his­to­ry and inter­est­ing facts that only a true New York­er would know. Not only did we learn how to see the city through new eyes we also learned some pret­ty amaz­ing tid­bits about our favorite icons.

Who is this safari for?  Hon­est­ly, it’s for any­one want­i­ng to tru­ly cap­ture New York. Sure we could roam the city on our own and snag pics, but we would have missed so many details in cen­tral park.  It was so fun, and well worth the expe­ri­ence to slow down and focus on cap­tur­ing for­ev­er memories.

As one of the high­est rat­ed pho­to tours in New York City, NYC Pho­to Safari has a broad mix for tourists and pho­tog­ra­phy lovers to choose from, includ­ing week­end safari’s. And for the tru­ly adven­tur­ous, they lead inter­na­tion­al pho­to safaris all over the world.

We don’t fall into the cat­e­go­ry of a hard core pho­tog­ra­ph­er, so we stuck to the day­time safaris. Our two favorites were the Brook­lyn Bridge and Cen­tral Park safaris. Next on the list is the icon­ic pho­to tour which is a favorite among par­tic­i­pants and one of their high­est rat­ed tours.

You can learn more about New York City Pho­to Safari by check­ing out their site HERE.