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Gaithersburg

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Gaithersburg is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Understand[edit]

Gaithersburg was settled in 1765 for agricultural purposes. It grew into a town after the opening of a stop on the B&O Railroad in 1872; however, the area remained predominately rural until the 1970s. It is now famous for being the site of the headquarters of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI IATA) is a 45 minute drive from Gaithersburg. It is also accessible via ICC Bus 201.

Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA IATA) is a 35 minute drive from Gaithersburg and is accessible via the Metrorail.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD IATA) is a 40 minute drive from Gaithersburg but takes significantly longer using public transportation.

By train[edit]

MARC offers service to/from Union Station in Washington, D.C. as well as service to/from Rockville, Germantown, Frederick, and Harpers Ferry via its Brunswick line. The schedule is geared towards commuters with relatively few trains during midday and on weekends. 1 Gaithersburg station is located at 5 S Summit Ave.

By bus[edit]

Ride-on-Bus operates service between Gaithersburg and other locations in Montgomery County, including Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.

By car[edit]

From D.C. and the south or west take the Capital Beltway (I-495) to Interstate 270 North. Exits 8, 9, 10, and 11 serve Gaithersburg.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

A car is best used to get around the city. However, Ride-on-Bus can be used if traveling between popular destinations.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Parks[edit]

  • Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd. A 6,300-acre historic park featuring hiking/mountain biking trails, a lake where visitors can rent canoes or paddle boats and go fishing, picnic areas, and hunting for deer and other game. Scenes from the movie The Blair Witch Project were filmed within the park boundaries.

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade, downtown Gaithersburg. September. Fire trucks, bands, ethnic dance groups, antique cars and giant ballons. Free parking in the Olde Towne garage, located at corner of Olde Towne and South Summit Avenues. free.
  • Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 South Summit Ave. May. Features more than 100 nationally known authors and includes book signings, writing workshops, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, and food trucks.

Buy[edit]

  • Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave. Sears, Macy's, J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, and more.
  • Washingtonian Center, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd. Target, Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, and more.
  • Wonderbook, 15976 Shady Grove Rd, +1 301 977-9166. 10AM-7PM. Used books, DVDs, video games, CDs and large collection of used records for sale.
  • Downtown Crown, Sam Eig Highway at Fields Road (off I-270 (exit 8-Fields Rd)), +1 301 657-0700. Vibrant walkable downtown neighborhood in a suburban setting with numerous restaurants, bars, shops and green space.

Eat[edit]

  • BoneFish Grill, 82 Market St, +1 240 631-2401. A lively seafood restaurant with amazing food and great service. 215 locations nationwide.
  • New Fortune, 16515 South Frederick Ave (north of I-370, in the Walnut Hill shopping center), +1 301 548-8886. Su-Th 11AM-1AM; F-Sa 11AM-2AM; Dim Sum served daily 11AM-3PM. One of the best Chinese restaurants in the Washington area, serving Dim Sum along with delicacies like sea cucumber and abalone.
  • Pho Nam, 15942 Shady Grove Rd, +1 240 632-9500. Mon-Sun. 11AM - 8PM. Small Vietnamese restaurant with excellent pho. under $10.
  • Roy's Place, 2 E Diamond Ave, +1 301 948-5548. A Gaithersburg institution. Over 200 unique sandwiches in a relaxed and quirky atmosphere. Few vegetarian choices.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Dogfish Head Ale House, 800 West Diamond Ave, +1 301 963-4847. This bar is popular with the happy hour crowd from the many local biotechnology companies. It features award-winning beer and a wide and varied menu.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Gaithersburg
FrederickGermantown  W I-270.svg E  RockvilleWashington, D.C.
END  N WMATA Red.svg S  RockvilleEast End, Washington
MartinsburgGermantown  NW MARC Brunswick Icon.png SE  RockvilleWashington, D.C.


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