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Things to do in Potomac

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Great Falls Park is an 800-acre park located just off the Potomac River and has earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor 7 years in a row ~ A must see. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Nice Mall, See Bethesda while you are there...lots of shops and restaurants in walking distance.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Walk, run or bike on the towpath along the C&O Canal. Visit Fort Frederick, Hancock, Williamsport, etc.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Amazing "Great Falls" views, easy walking path + options for harder trails with rock scrambling”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Peace, serenity, invigorating life is all around you at Great Falls. Bring a camera and hiking boots, you won't want to miss a minute of this gorgeous park!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Route
“Billy Goat Trail is set within the C & O Canal and is a 4.7 rigorous hiking trail which offers incredible vistas of the Potomac River and Great Falls. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“One of the most popular hiking trails in the area, the Billy Goat trail is a great option for beginning as well as advanced hikers. There are multiple trail segments, so you can shorten or lengthen the hike according to your ability, interest, and available time.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Glenstone is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“The coffee, breakfast and salads are heavenly! ... and try the red velvet cake!!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Cabin John Regional Park offers something for every sports lover and is situated just minutes north of Washington. Recreational options include summer ball games on the various athletic fields, tennis on both indoor and outdoor courts, Tai Chi, and even ice skating in the summer at the fully enclosed Cabin John Ice Rink. Visitors can also connect with nature through a variety of environmental nature programs, become entranced by a ride on the model train, or spend the afternoon relaxing with family and friends at various picnic and playground areas. One of the special attractions for children is the Adventure Playground. Don’t miss the totem pole! If an afternoon isn’t enough, spend the night enjoying the natural beauty of the park at one of seven walk-in campgrounds. And with over five miles of hiking and biking trails, there is plenty of scenery to explore. Picnickers have a variety of opportunities at Cabin John. The group picnic area features 11 shelters, each with six picnic tables and a large double grill. Be sure to get a permit first!”
  • 3 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“My favorite outdoor eating spot! This cozy, romantic, and beautiful upscale modern American restaurant with a terrace & beer garden is a neighborhood staple for seasonal eats. An early evening walk on the scenic C&O Canal across the street before dinner makes for a perfect date or an unforgettable family outing. Only 6 miles away! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“5 min drive or 25 minute brisk walk is a huge 24/7 CVS, Giant Food grocery store, California Tortilla, The Grilled Oyster, Broadway Pizza, Starbucks, Attman's Deli, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Wine & Beer, and so much more.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Golf Course
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a local restaurant, few tourist. Excellent food. The Fish Taco next door is also lovely and has great frozen drinks”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Interesting interiors, nice food and service, open till late night; happy hours for raw oysters”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“Nice Mall, See Bethesda while you are there...lots of shops and restaurants in walking distance.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“The coffee, breakfast and salads are heavenly! ... and try the red velvet cake!!”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“My favorite outdoor eating spot! This cozy, romantic, and beautiful upscale modern American restaurant with a terrace & beer garden is a neighborhood staple for seasonal eats. An early evening walk on the scenic C&O Canal across the street before dinner makes for a perfect date or an unforgettable family outing. Only 6 miles away! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a local restaurant, few tourist. Excellent food. The Fish Taco next door is also lovely and has great frozen drinks”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Interesting interiors, nice food and service, open till late night; happy hours for raw oysters”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“A modern, sit-down restaurant with a large bar and delicious dishes to please anyone”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A change of pace from Starbucks, or Vie de France for a quick bite to eat. There is indoor seating. But this is casual”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Casual dining on one side of the restaurant and a bar w/televisions on the other side. Probably best to call in a reservation. Great happy hour menu and enjoyable atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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