Top 10 Things to do in Potomac, United States

July 25, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Potomac ( listen (help·info)) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, named for the nearby Potomac River. Home to royalty, billionaires, diplomats, and the international business elite, it is one of the most prestigious communities in the Washington, D.C. area (and the US). In 2013, CNNMoney listed Potomac as the most affluent town in all the United States based on median household income. Potomac is also the seventh-most top-educated American small town according to Forbes. Bloomberg Businessweek labeled Potomac as the twenty-ninth-richest zip code in the United States in 2011, stating that it had the largest population of any U.S. town with a median income of more than $240,000. In 2012, The Higley Elite 100 published a list of highest-income neighborhoods by mean household income, which included four neighborhoods in Potomac; one of these neighborhoods, "Carderock-The Palisades" was ranked the highest-income neighborhood in the United States, followed by "Beverly Hills-North of Sunset" in Beverly Hills, California, and "Swinks Mill-Dominion Reserve" of McLean, Virginia. More recently, two Potomac neighborhoods were ranked among the ten wealthiest neighborhoods in the country by CNBC in 2014. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that Potomac was the sixth-wealthiest city in the United States. Many Potomac residents work in nearby Washington, D.C.
Restaurants in Potomac

1. Billy Goat Trail

11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659 +1 301-767-3714
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
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4.5 based on 222 reviews

Billy Goat Trail

Reviewed By tikidream - bethesda, md

This is one of our favorite hikes. It is a moderate to strenuous hike with some rock scrambling. In the summer bring water and year round bring a snack and enjoy the scenery.

2. Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019 +1 703-757-3101
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Great Falls Park

An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

Reviewed By Bodacious123 - Atlanta, Georgia

This place is a real treat.
Its easy to find- you have two choices, depending on where you are coming from. We were on the Virginia side, so we got the full visitors Center experience.

Start your visit at the visitors center. Learn about what you are about to see. The history of the are is surprising- the use of locks on the river for navigation of the river for trade, life in the area, animal life, etc.

The falls themselves are beautiful. The sheer power that you feel as you watch the water thunder down the rocks is impressive. We were luck y to visit the park after some rain, so the water was in full display.

Families can visit this are in less than an hour- depending on the attention span of everyone. We spent about 2 hours there and didn't see everything. Bring your hiking shoes

3. Riverbend Park

8700 Potomac Hills St, Great Falls, VA 22066-4125 +1 703-759-9018
Excellent
58%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Riverbend Park

Reviewed By DM N

I have lived in the area for years but had never ventured to Riverbend Park until recently. This is a beautiful and tranquil area for kayaking, hiking and enjoying nature. The fall foilage was beautiful and the river was clean and fresh. For the beginner paddler there is some movement and rocks to navigate but that makes it even more fun! Go with someone who understands the currents and paths if you are a beginner, or be sure to ask about the direction to go after launch for an easier paddle.

4. Strathmore

5301 Tuckerman Ln, Bethesda, MD 20852-3385 +1 301-581-5100
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Strathmore

Reviewed By mrdesign - Washington,Dc

Have attended numerous events at Strathmore and all were delightful. Convenient parking close by, inside acoustics are very good, they offer a wide range of events, snacks/drinks are lovely, and in summer the outdoor concerts are fun.

5. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182-1643 +1 703-255-1900
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 587 reviews

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

The only national park dedicated to the performing arts, with spaces for indoor and outdoor performances.

Reviewed By Alberta S - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We went with a group of friends and sat upstairs in the balcony are. These were perfect seats, you could see everything with no obstruction. This is not a large building so the performance was intimate. Loved the rustic atmosphere.
This was a great location for a music performance.
The seating was comfortable. Parking was easy.

6. Rockville Town Square

Rockville, MD
Excellent
41%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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4 based on 316 reviews

Rockville Town Square

Reviewed By Michael R

It's really too bad. Very comfortable seating with the recliner seats. The problem is that the staff is so incompetent and rude that I'll never go back there. I asked for tickets for a particular movie, and they gave me tickets for a different movie. When I brought it to their attention they didn't even apologize. They acted like I was trying to rip THEM off! They finally gave me my money back, but I never got to see my movie. Another time I asked for a ticket for a show at one particular time but they gave me a ticket for a different time that the movie was showing. What are they smoking?

7. Washingtonian Center

231 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312 +1 301-921-4684
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 202 reviews

Washingtonian Center

Reviewed By LolaGo1 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

it was very cold and windy when we visited here. We saw a movie at the AMC Theaters and had delicious dinner at the Copper Canyon Grill Restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed both places.

Other attractions/places to visit here: Shops like Target and Dick's, smaller shops, restaurants, man-made lake, etc.

We'll definitely visit here again when the weather becomes warmer: eat at other restaurants, shop, and just walk around the lake.

8. Glen Echo Park

7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812-1200 +1 301-492-6282
Excellent
48%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 80 reviews

Glen Echo Park

National Park Service offers year-round activites for residents and visitors in dance, theater and the arts.

Reviewed By fiamma11 - Vienna, Virginia

The carousel is historic, delightful and beautiful. There are other offerings but for me everything pales in comparison for the carousel. I would recommend going just to see the carousel.

9. Lockhouse 10 - C&O Canal Trust

7906 Riverside Dr, Cabin John, MD 20818-1600 +1 301-745-8888
Excellent
16%
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84%
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4 based on 6 reviews

Lockhouse 10 - C&O Canal Trust

Reviewed By Barbara R - Erie, Pennsylvania

Heard about this from a friend who had stayed at one of the lock houses recently. Since we are American history buffs, decided to check it out. Five of us stayed here in March, 2013. Two adults & 3 young boys. It was quite a good experience for us all. So much history oozing out of this area. The house we stayed at was heated, w/bathroom and full kitchen and could sleep 6-7. Quaint and beautiful location with walking or biking just outside your door. Also the house we stayed in was very close to D.C., so we took advantage of that. There are quite a few lock houses, but only two or three have indoor pluming and heat, but they can all be rented for overnight stays for a reasonable cost. A great family experience for history and nature lovers!

10. Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659 +1 301-767-3714
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

Reviewed By MoJoTours - Scotland, United Kingdom

The National Park Service really have done a great job of keeping the history of this old canal alive as well as transforming it into a superb recreational area for walking, hiking and cycling. Entry fee to the parking lot is $5 a person or $10 a car, valid for three days. The visitor centre is very informative, staffed by helpful NP staff and volunteers. We went on a Sunday to try to get a canal boat towed by the mules, but unfortunately the water level was too low for the boats to operate. Instead however, we were able to meet one of the mules, up close and personal, at the back of the visitor centre and listen to a really informative talk on the mules from their NP handler.
A short walk from the visitor centre takes you to Great Falls overlook, which was beautiful but there are many other greater falls than these!!!
Back outside the visitor centre, you could hire a bicycle for FREE for two hours, an ideal way to get along the canal path quicker than walking. Full marks to the volunteers providing this service...especially the kids who were amazingly helpful!
All in all a great place to spend some recreational time ........and if the water level is high enough, spend a few moments in the past!!!

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