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The charming neighborhood of Bethesda, located just north of the national capital of the US, is an artistic hub. Performing arts venues, concert halls and auditoriums host a roster of exhibitions and performances throughout the year; simply stroll around the Arts and Entertainment District to see all the options available to you. It’s an upscale, elegant neighborhood, where the restaurants serve immaculate dishes in atmospheric surroundings. That means it’s also a prime shopping destination, particularly in the stores along Wisconsin Avenue. Bethesda is easiest to navigate with a rental car, which will also give you access to the attraction-packed cities nearby. Let Orbitz help you find a great deal.

Bethesda and beyond: Drive through US history

Use your rental car in Bethesda to explore historic sites on the east coast of America. Nearby destinations reveal different facets of the nation’s history. We’ve picked three fascinating places to visit.

Washington, DC

The hub of political activity in the US, and one of the nation’s finest cultural destinations, lies just a short journey away from Bethesda. The White House, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial dominate the city center, which is covered in world-class museums. The National Gallery of Art, the Natural History Museum, and the National Museum of American History sit alongside one another – the challenge is choosing which to visit first.

Journey time: Around 25 minutes

Distance: Approximately 10 miles

Baltimore, Maryland

'The Star-Spangled Banner' was first written in the port city of Baltimore, where historic ships still bob in the harbor, and the flag still flies over Fort McHenry. Modern Baltimore is just as exciting – visit the Maryland Science Center for IMAX shows, interactive exhibits and a planetarium. The city center also hosts the National Aquarium, one of the best attractions of its kind in the US.

Journey time: Around 50 minutes

Distance: Approximately 40 miles

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Drive south into Virginia to reach Fredericksburg, an old-world city with its roots in the colonial and Civil War eras of American history. George Washington’s home town still looks like an 18th-century settlement today, with elegant buildings from the era, and museums chronicling the city’s famous figures and brutal battles. Wander around Downtown to experience this enchanting atmosphere.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 60 miles