Restaurants and Attractions near Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Chinese Restaurants: Seven Seas Restaurant（七珍楼） Address: 1776 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/seven-seas-restaurant-rockville Far East Restaurant（远东饭店） Address: 5055 Nicholson Ln, Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/far-east-restaurant-rockville Tony Lin's Restaurant（新陶芳） Address: 12015 Rockville Pike, Ste G,Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/tony-lins-restaurant-rockville Tysons Buffet and Restaurant (泰山汇) Address: 5550 Randolph Rd,Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/tysons-buffet-and-restaurant-rockville China Canteen（老四川） Address: 808 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/china-canteen-rockville Sichuan Jin River（巴山蜀水） Address: 410 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/sichuan-jin-river-rockville A & J Restaurant（半亩园） Address: 1319 Rockville Pike,Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-and-j-restaurant-rockville-3 Joe's Noodle House (峨眉小馆) Address: 1488 Rockville Pike, Suite C Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/joes-noodle-house-rockville Other Restaurants The Vegetable Garden Address: 11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Vegan, Vegetarian Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-vegetable-garden-rockville Taipei Tokyo Cafe 1 Address: 11510 Rockville Pike, Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Sushi Bars Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/taipei-tokyo-cafe-1-rockville The Cheesecake Factory Address: 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20895 Category: American, Dessert Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cheesecake-factory-north-bethesda P.F. Chang's China Bistro Address: 11301 Rockville Pike, White Flint Mall, North Bethesda, MD 20852 Category: Asian Fusion, Gluten-Free Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/p-f-changs-china-bistro-north-bethesda Timpano Italian Chophouse Address: 12021 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Italian Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/timpano-italian-chophouse-rockville Addie's Restaurant Address: 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: American Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/addies-restaurant-rockville Tara Thai Address: 12071 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Thai Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/tara-thai-rockville Amalfi Ristorante Italiano Address: 12307 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Italian Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/amalfi-ristorante-italiano-rockville Urban Bar-B-Que Company Address: 2007 Chapman Ave, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Barbeque, American Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/urban-bar-b-que-company-rockville Rolls 'N Rice Address: 1701-B1 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Sushi Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/rolls-n-rice-rockville Matchbox Rockville Address: 1699 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Pizza, American Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/matchbox-rockville-rockville Lighthouse Tofu Address: 12710 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20847 Category: Korean Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lighthouse-tofu-rockville Hinode Restaurant Address: 134 Congressional Ln, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Japanese, Sushi Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hinode-restaurant-rockville Mykonos Grill Address: 121 Congressional Ln, Rockville, MD 20852 Category: Greek, Mediterranean Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mykonos-grill-rockville Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Address: 302 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850 Category: Mexican Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/baja-fresh-mexican-grill-rockville-2 Lebanese Taverna Address: 115 A Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20847 Category: Middle Eastern Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lebanese-taverna-rockville Joe's Noodle House Address: 1488 Rockville Pike, Suite C Rockville, MD 20852 Yelp link: Attractions Smithsonian Museums The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are world class attractions with a variety of exhibits ranging from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module. Visitors enjoy examining more than 137 million objects, including many irreplaceable historic artifacts, works of art, scientific specimens and cultural exhibits. Admission to all of the Smithsonian museums is free. With 19 museums and galleries, there truly is something for everyone. Guided tours, hands-on-activities and special programs are available. Although many of the museums are located within walking distance to each other on the National Mall, several of them are located in other parts of the city. Smithsonian Institution Building - 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC. The historic building, also known as the Castle, is a good place to start your tour of the museums. The Smithsonian Information Center is located here and you can find a map and schedule of events. Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building - 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC. The original home of the National Museum is currently closed for renovations. Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum - 7th and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC. This impressive museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world as well as smaller items like instruments, memorabilia, and clothing. Learn about the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. IMAX films and planetarium shows are offered several times a day. Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Independence Ave. and 7th St. SW, Washington, DC. The modern and contemporary art exhibits include arts of traditional historical themes and collections addressing emotion, abstraction, politics, process, religion, and economics. Smithsonian Freer Gallery - 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC. The worldrenowned collection highlights art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East. Paintings, ceramics, manuscripts, and sculptures are among the favorites of this museum. The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium provides free programs relating to the collections of the Freer and Sackler galleries, including performances of Asian music and dance, films, lectures, chamber music, and dramatic presentations. Smithsonian Sackler Gallery - 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC. This unique building is connected underground to the Freer Gallery of Art. The Sackler collection includes Chinese bronzes, jades, paintings and lacquerware, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalware, and sculpture from Asia. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art - 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC. The collection includes ancient as well as contemporary works from Africa. There are special events, storytelling, demonstrations and children’s programs. Smithsonian Natural History Museum - 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. At this family favorite museum you will see a variety of artifacts including an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton, a life size model of a blue whale, an enormous prehistoric white shark, and a 45-and-a-half carat jewel a known as the Hope Diamond. The Discovery Room is a great hands-on display for young children. Feel the skin of a crocodile, examine the jaws and teeth of different animals or try on clothes from around the globe. Smithsonian American History Museum - 12th to 14th Sts. NW, Washington, DC. With more than 3 million artifacts of American history and culture, visitors learn about the nation's history from the War of Independence to the present day. At the heart of the museum, the Star-Spangled Banner—one of the most recognized symbols of the nation—has been given a new state-of-the-art gallery. New galleries such as the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Hall of Invention, presenting “Invention at Play,” join old favorites including “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden” and “America on the Move.” Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC. The newest museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC showcases Native American objects from ancient pre-Columbian civilizations through the 21st century. Multimedia presentations, live performances and hands-on demonstrations will bring the Native American people’s history and culture to life. Smithsonian International Gallery - 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC. Housed in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, this is the education and membership branch of the Smithsonian Associates and hosts a variety of traveling exhibits. The Smithsonian Discovery Theater and conference facilities are also located here. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC. The 300,000-square-foot museum is under construction and is expected to open in 2015. The museum has created a website to involve the public in planning a variety of exhibits and educational programs on topics such as slavery, post-Civil War reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement. Monuments and Memorials in Washington DC Washington, DC is a city of monuments and memorials. We honor the generals, politicians, poets and statesmen who helped shape our great nation. Although the most famous monuments and memorials are on the National Mall, you will find statues and plaques on many street corners around the city. Since Washington, DC's monuments are spread out, it is hard to visit all of them on foot. At busy times, traffic and parking makes it difficult to visit the monuments by car. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum 1200 U Street, NW. A Wall of Honor lists the names of 209,145 United States Colored Troops (USCT) who served in the Civil War. The museum explores the African American struggle for freedom in the United States. Museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arlington National Cemetery Across the Memorial Bridge from DC This is America's largest burial ground with the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. DC War Memorial National Mall, west of 17th St. and Independence Ave. SW. This lesser known memorial commemorates the 26,000 citizens of Washington, DC who served in World War I. Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been approved for $7.3 million to restore the memorial. Eisenhower Memorial Between 4th and 6th Streets SW. Plans are underway to build a national memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a four-acre site near the National Mall. The memorial will feature a grove of oak trees, huge limestone columns, and a semicircular space made monolithic stone blocks and carvings and inscriptions that depict images of Eisenhower’s life. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial West Potomac Park near Lincoln Memorial on Ohio Drive, SW This memorial is divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each of FDR's terms in office from 1933 to 1945. Several sculptures depict the 32nd President. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. George Mason Memorial 900 Ohio Drive, in East Potomac Park, SW. Monument to the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which inspired Thomas Jefferson while drafting the Declaration of Independence. Mason persuaded our forefathers to include individual rights as a part of the Bill of Rights. Jefferson Memorial 15th Street, SW This dome-shaped rotunda honors the nation's third president. The 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson is located on the Tidal Basin, surrounded by a grove of trees making it especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season in the spring. Hours are 8 a.m. to midnight daily. Korean War Veterans Memorial Daniel French Drive and Independence Avenue, SW Our nation honors those who were killed, captured, wounded or remain missing in action during the Korean War (1950 -1953). Nineteen figures represent every ethnic background. The statues are supported by a granite wall with 2,400 faces of land, sea and air support troops. A Pool of Remembrance lists the names of the lost Allied Forces. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Lincoln Memorial 23rd Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW This memorial was dedicated in 1922 to honor President Abraham Lincoln. Thirty-eight Grecian columns surround a statue of Lincoln seated on a ten-foot high marble base. This impressive statue is surrounded by engraved readings of the Gettysburg address, his Second Inaugural address and murals by French painter Jules Guerin. Hours are 8 a.m. to midnight. Touring the Three Houses of Government in Washington, DC The White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court The White House, built between 1792 and 1800, is the oldest public building in Washington, DC and serves as both the home of the U.S. President and a museum of American history. George Washington selected the site for the White House in 1791 and chose the design submitted by Irishborn architect James Hoban. The historic structure has been expanded and renovated many times throughout history. There are 132 rooms on 6 levels. The decor includes a collection of fine and decorative arts, such as historic paintings, sculpture, furniture, and china. The U.S. Capitol Building, the meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives, is one of the most recognizable historic buildings in Washington, DC, located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Washington Monument. It is a prominent landmark and an impressive example of 19th-century neoclassical architecture. The Supreme Court, our highest judicial authority, is located at One 1st St., NE between E. Capitol Street and Maryland Avenue. Court is in session Monday through Wednesday from 10 a. m. until noon, October through April. You can watch a case being argued but seating is limited. Arrive at least an hour early to wait in line. When the court is not in session you can tour the building and attend a free lecture about court proceedings and the building’s architecture. Old Towns, Georgetown and Alexandria Georgetown, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC, served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times because of its prime location on the Potomac River. Today, Georgetown is a vibrant community with upscale shops, bars and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Many of the homes along the tree-lined streets are 200 year-old restored row houses with beautiful gardens. Georgetown housing is expensive, so most Georgetown University students live on campus or rent apartments uptown or nearby in Virginia. Alexandria is a quaint historic town just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s riverfront was an important colonial port during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods. Today Old Town Alexandria is a revitalized waterfront with cobblestone streets, colonial houses and churches, museums, shops and restaurants. Great Falls Park Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River, is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The natural beauty of Great Falls Park and its close proximity to downtown Washington, DC make this park popular with local residents and tourists who are visiting the area. Great Falls Park offers a variety of activities including hiking, picnicking, kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, and horseback riding. You can view the falls from several observation areas. The falls cascade into 20 foot waterfalls displaying the steepest fall line rapids of any eastern. .