Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg is in Montgomery County, Maryland. The former small town and railroad stop has become a connected suburb of Washington, D.C. and a significant city in its own right. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) headquarters is in Gaithersburg.

Get in

As a suburb of a major city (Washington, D.C.) with another major city less than an hour away (Baltimore), getting into Gaithersburg is relatively easy. Flights into the region are plentiful, with three commercial airports to choose from: Reagan National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Marshall-Baltimore (BWI).

Inter-city bus and train service is harder to come by. The nearest Greyhound terminals are located in Frederick, Silver Spring, and Washington, some distance away. The nearest Amtrak station is in downtown Rockville, located to the south. Regionally, however, Gaithersburg fares better. The western terminus of WMATA's Metro Red Line is at Shady Grove, lies just over the city's southeastern boundary. Gaithersburg sees Brunswick Line service on the MARC commuter rail system at Washington Grove, Gaithersburg, and Metropolitan Grove. These stations, in turn, form the hubs for bus service throughout the city operated by Metro and Montgomery County's Ride-On system.

But outside of Old Town and a few developments like the Lakelands or the Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg is easiest to get into and around by car. The city is convenient to Washington from Interstate 270 North, about 10 miles north of the Capital Beltway (I-495); use exits 8, 9, 10, or 11. Gaithersburg is also near the terminus of I-370 / MD-200, which locals know as the Inter-County Connector, a toll road which connects I-270 to U.S. Route 1 and points in between, including Interstate 95. Maryland 355, called Frederick Road or Frederick Avenue through most of the city, runs all the way from downtown Frederick, about 20 miles north, to the border with D.C., where it continues to the Potomac as Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Get around

The Montgomery County Ride On bus annd WMATA's Metrobus carve several routes through Gaithersburg, connecting its neighborhoods to Gaithersburg's rail stations and to other points in the region.

Bike Gaithersburg has mapped a number of bikeways through the city, representing a mix of surface streets, trails, and mixed-use pathways. Old Town Gaithersburg and some of the newer mixed-use developments also offer pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining options. But otherwise, a car will be a great help for getting around.

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Routes through Gaithersburg

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