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Rockville is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Understand

Rockville is the second largest incorporated city in Maryland and is characterized by rolling hills, historic towns, and high tech industries. The city has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S.

Rockville is 12 mi (19 km) northwest of Washington D.C. and is just south of Olney and Gaithersburg.

Get in

By plane

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

Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA IATA) is a 30-minute drive from Rockville and is accessible via the Metrorail.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD IATA) is a 35-minute drive from Rockville but takes significantly longer using public transportation.

By train

Rockville is accessible on the Red Line of the Metrorail, which stops at White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville, and Shady Grove. MARC Train, Brunswick line, offers service to/from Union Station in Washington DC as well as service to/from GaithersburgGermantownFrederick, and Harpers Ferry. Also, Amtrak serves Rockville via its once-daily Capitol Limited train between Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

  • 1 Rockville station, 307 S Stonestreet Ave. (updated Dec 2018)

By bus

Ride-on-Bus and MetroBus operate service between Rockville and other locations in Montgomery County, including BethesdaSilver Spring, and Wheaton.

By car

  • Rockville is accessible via Interstate 270, which links I-70 with I-495, the Capital Beltway.
  • Maryland Route 355, known as Hungerford Drive in the downtown area, Frederick Road to the north, and Rockville Pike to the south, is the most important north-south thoroughfare in Rockville.
  • Downtown Rockville lies near the nexus of Route 355 with Maryland Route 28, called Montgomery Avenue to the west of the intersection.
  • Maryland Route 586, Veirs Mill Road, connects downtown Rockville to Wheaton to the southeast.
  • Route 189, Falls Road, runs southwest to its terminus at Great Falls.

Get around

By car

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

Parking meters in Rockville are linked to the MobileNOW payment system and app.

By bicycle

There are several bicycle trails in Rockville. For information on Capital Bikeshare, the bike sharing network of the Washington D.C. area, see Washington_DC#Get_around.

See

  • 1 Beall-Dawson House, 103 West Montgomery Ave, ☏ +1 301 762-1492. Built in 1815, it is generally well preserved and is now a museum showcasing life in the early 19th century. It includes the former residents' living quarters as well as an exhibit of 19th century medical equipment and medicine.  
  • 2 Peerless Rockville, 29 Courthouse Square, Room 110, ☏ +1 301 762-0096. In the Historic red brick courthouse, this is a mini museum about the city's important heritage. 
  • 3 St. Mary's School & Cemetery, 600 Veirs Mill Rd, ☏ +1 301 762-4179, mainoffice@smsrockville.org. Site of the grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald. (updated May 2019)
  • 4 VisArts, 155 Gibbs St, ☏ +1 301 315-8200. An arts center with public exhibitions and classes. 
  • Rockville Town Square. Community in downtown Rockville with stores, a movie theater, library, bars, an ice skating rink and community events located across the street from the Rockville metro station. (updated Feb 2020)

Do

  • 1 Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure, 6129 Needwood Lake Dr, ☏ +1 800 971-8271. 
  • 2 Lake Needwood Boats, 15700 Needwood Lake Cir. Rent kayaks, rowboats, canoes or pedal boats. 
  • Rockville Town Square. Community in downtown Rockville with a variety of stores, a movie theater, restaurants, bars, a library, an ice skating rink and community events located across the street from the Rockville metro station. (updated Feb 2020)

Parks

  • 3 Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, ☏ +1 301-299-0024. The nicest park in Montgomery County, it features an ice-skating rink; indoor and outdoor tennis courts; and many picnic areas, trails and camp sites.  
  • 4 Carl Henn Millennium Trail. A 10 mi (16 km) loop bicycle trail around Rockville. Free. 
  • Dogwood Park, 1098 Monroe St. Includes tennis courts, baseball fields and other recreational facilities. 
  • 6 Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Ln, ☏ +1 301 258-4030. 8 mi (13 km) of trails. 
  • 7 Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Rd, ☏ +1 301 314-8770. Kid-friendly trails. 

Golf

  • 8 RedGate Golf Course, 14500 Avery Rd, ☏ +1 240 406-1650. 

Buy

  • 1 City of Rockville Farmers Market, Corner of Route 28 & Monroe St. Every Saturday May-Nov, 9AM-1PM. 
  • 2 Second Story Books, 12160 Parklawn Drive, ☏ +1 301-770-0477. Su-W 10AM-8PM, Th-Sa 10AM-9PM. Very good and very large used book store with lots of used books, LPs, CDs, posters and antiques set in a warehouse. Free parking and about a 15-minute walk from Twinbrook metro station. (updated Aug 2017)

Eat

Budget

In addition to the restaurants below, all of the popular east-coast chain restaurants are represented in Rockville.

  • 1 A&J Restaurant, 1319 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 251-7878. Affordable but good Chinese cuisine and dim sum. 
  • 2 Silver Diner, 12276 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 770-2828. A classic American diner with milkshakes and a jukebox. 
  • 3 Taipei Tokyo, 11510 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 881-8388. Chinese, Thai & Japanese cafeteria style. 

Mid-range

  • 4 IL Pizzico, 15209 N Frederick Rd, ☏ +1 301 309-0610. Homemade Italian food. 
  • 5 La Brasa Latin Cuisine, 12401 Parklawn Dr, ☏ +1 301 468-8850. Everything Latin from quesadillas to Peruvian rotisserie chicken. 
  • 6 La Limena, 765 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 424-8066. Peruvian and Cuban cuisine. 
  • 7 Mosaic Cuisine and Cafe, 186 Halpine Rd, ☏ +1 301 468-0682. Waffle sandwiches in an artsy setting. 
  • 8 Nantucket's Reef, 9755 Traville Gateway Dr, ☏ +1 301 279-7333. A Cope Cod-themed seafood restaurant with beer specials. 
  • 9 Niwano Hana, 887 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 294-0553. Sushi. 
  • 10 Pho 95, 785 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 294-9391. Vietnamese food. 
  • 11 Pizza CS, 1596 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 240 833-8090. A lively pizza restaurant that also has games such as shuffleboard. 
  • 12 Siena's Vegetarian Pizzeria Restaurant, 4840 Boiling Brook Pkwy, ☏ +1 301 770-7474. Su-Th 11AM - 8PM, F 11AM - 3PM, closed Sa. All-vegetarian, kosher menu. 
  • 13 Trapezaria Mediterranian Kuzina, 11 N Washington St, ☏ +1 301 339-8962. A family-owned Greek restaurant. 
  • 14 Villa Maya Restaurant, 5532 Norbeck Rd, ☏ +1 301 460-1247. Mexican. 
  • 15 Yuan Fu Vegetarian, 798 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 762-5937. Vegetarian Chinese. 
  • 16 Tower Oaks Lodge (Clydes), 2 Preserve Parkway, ☏ +1 301 294 0200. Very tasty but fairly affordable cuisine, mostly American fare but some foreign or foreign-influenced dishes. Serves breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner. (updated Jul 2019)

Splurge

  • 17 Nick's Chophouse, 700 King Farm Blvd, ☏ +1 301 926-8869. Steakouse. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 18 Stanford Grill Rockville, 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd, ☏ +1 301 582-1000. Steak house with a good fish selection. (updated Dec 2018)

Drink

Bars

  • 1 Botanero, 800 Pleasant Dr #160, ☏ +1 240 474-5461. Good small plates and wine. 
  • 2 Cafe 2020, 4870 Boiling Brook Pkwy, ☏ +1 240 621-7112. Korean Bar 
  • 3 F M Karaoke, 2131 Veirs Mill Rd, ☏ +1 301 545-1191. Popular karaoke bar. 
  • 4 Full On Craft Eats & Drinks, 4007 Norbeck Rd, ☏ +1 240 669-3875. Good selection of craft beers. 
  • 5 Hank Dietle's Tavern, 11010 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 881-8711. Open since the 1950s, this bar is situated in a bungalow with a porch. Features a pool table & live music. 
  • 6 Jonathan's Publick House, 820 Baltimore Rd, ☏ +1 301 294-8010. Famous for serving beer in frozen mugs. 
  • 7 Quench, 9712 Traville Gateway Dr, ☏ +1 301 424-8650. Craft cocktail lounge. 
  • 8 Vibes Hookah Lounge, 1 Dawson Ave, ☏ +1 301 828-8273. 

Cafes

  • 9 Cafe 5601, 5601 Fishers Ln, ☏ +1 301 770-8901. 
  • 10 Carmen's Italian Ice & Cafe, 1115 Nelson St, ☏ +1 301 545-1154. A local favorite during the warmer months. Offers gelati, Italian ice, custard, and some other fare. On the 8th of every month, most chilled deserts are half off. 
  • 11 CremCafe, 199 E Montgomery Ave, ☏ +1 301 309-0956. Espresso bar. 
  • 12 Lavande Patisserie, 275 N Washington St, ☏ +1 240 468-4919. 
  • 13 PB's Coffee & Dessert, 5562 Norbeck Rd, ☏ +1 301 460-1072. 
  • 14 Tower Oaks Cafe, 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd, ☏ +1 301 424-6006. 

Sleep

  • 1 Best Western Washington Gateway Hotel - Rockville, MD, 1251 West Montgomery Ave, ☏ +1 301 424-4940. 
  • 2 Cambria Hotel & Suites Rockville, 1 Helen Heneghan Way, ☏ +1 301 294-2200. From $139. 
  • 3 Courtyard Rockville, 2500 Research Blvd, ☏ +1 301 670-6700. 
  • 4 EVEN Hotel Rockville, 1775 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 881-2300. 
  • 5 Extended Stay America - Washington D.C. - Rockville, 1775 Rockville Pike, ☏ +1 301 987-9100. From $100. 
  • 6 Hilton Garden Inn Rockville-Gaithersburg, 14975 Shady Grove Rd, ☏ +1 240 507-1800. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. 
  • 7 Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike (Next to Twinbrook Metrorail Station), ☏ +1 301 468-1100. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. 
  • 8 Homewood Suites by Hilton Rockville-Gaithersburg, 14975 Shady Grove Rd, ☏ +1 240 507-1900. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. 
  • 9 Radisson Hotel Washington DC - Rockville, 3 Research Ct, ☏ +1 301 840-0200. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. From $125. 
  • 10 Sheraton Rockville Hotel, 920 King Farm Blvd, ☏ +1 240 912-8200. 
  • 11 Sleep Inn Rockville, 2 Research Ct, ☏ +1 301 948-8000. 

Connect

  • 1 Rockville Public Library, 21 Maryland Ave #100, ☏ +1 240 777-0002. M-Th 9 AM-9PM, F Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 1-5PM. Computer, wifi, and internet policy: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library/policies/computers.html 
  • 2 Twinbrook Public Library, 202 Meadow Hall Dr, ☏ +1 240 777-0240. M-Th 10AM-8PM, F Sa 10AM - 6PM, Su closed. Computer, wifi, and internet policy: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library/policies/computers.html 

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