The Clinical Center is located in the Bethesda Area, just 10 miles from downtown DC and a few minutes from the heart of Bethesda. There are a variety of restaurants, unique shops, many art galleries, specialty shops, seasonal events and entertainment in Bethesda. A free trolley will transport you around the Bethesda area. On July 1, 2002, the state of Maryland designated downtown Bethesda as an Arts and Entertainment District.
It is easy to get from the NIH to Washington DC for a wealth of sights and museums via the Metrorail. Just north of the NIH is Rockville Pike which has a large assortment of stores and restaurants and a few hotels.
Below are links to sites which have information about area activities, dining, shopping and entertainment. You may also get a lot of information from washington.org or DC Pages. We hope you are able to enjoy our area while here and we will be glad to assist you with any sightseeing plans. Our Recreation Therapy department occasionally has tickets to events and sightseeing tours and they often plan weekend activities and outings in the area. Your nurse will help you connect with Recreation Therapy.