Rockville Town Center

Rockville is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland

Rockville is the second largest incorporated city in Maryland and is characterized by rolling hills, historic towns, and high tech industries. Rockville was ranked #66 in the “Best Places to Live in the US” by Money Magazine in 2008.

Get in

Rockville is well-connected by transit to Washington, D.C., located 12 miles to the southeast, and to neighboring areas of Montgomery County such as Gaithersburg, Olney, and Montgomery Village to the north and North Bethesda to the south.

Rockville Station, convenient to downtown Rockville, is served by the Metro Red Line, by the MARC commuter rail system's Brunswick Line, and by Amtrak's daily Capitol Limited service. It is also a key stop for Metrobus and the Montgomery County Ride On Bus service.

Eastern Shuttle and other discount "chinatown" bus lines have begun to connect Rockville directly to New York, picking up and dropping off a few blocks north of the train station at the Great Wall supermarket. Typical fares begin around $25 one-way or $40 round trip. Additional services are available from Bethesda, a few miles south of Rockville, or from Washington.

Rockville is accessible from all three Washington-area commercial airports.

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

Get around

Rockville is served by three stops on the Washington Metro's Red Line. Rockville Station, which also sees MARC and Amtrak service, is located across Hungerford Drive in the downtown area. To its south are Twinbrook and White Flint in North Bethesda, formerly sprawling suburban areas, but increasingly built up as mixed use developments such as Pike & Rose move in to replace former properties like Mid-Pike Plaza and the White Flint Mall.

Metrobus has several services along the major streets; for getting around town, Montgomery County's Ride On Bus service has more useful routes, particularly buses 26, 45 and 47.

Rockville is developing a network of bike trails. The signature route is the Millennium Trail, which encircles the city; several mixed use trails and bike lanes on roads are also available. As of 2015, there are thirteen Capital Bikeshare stations within the Rockville city limits, concentrated mostly in the downtown area.

Outside the downtown area and Rockville Pike corridors, there are walkable districts in Fallsgrove, King Farm, and elsewhere, but a car is most useful for getting around. As with other locations in Montgomery County, parking meters in Rockville are linked to the MobileNOW payment system and app, as oppsoed to the ParkMobile system used by most other local jurisdictions.


Rockville Town Center features some historic buildings and a nearby cemetery offers the grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald for all to see.

Beall-Dawson House 103 West Montgomery Avenue Rockville, MD 20850 301-762-1492

In the Historic Red Brick Courthouse Rockville Town Center 29 Courthouse Square Room 110 Rockville, MD 20850 301-762-0096

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Olney, MD 20832 301-924-3400


Other than shopping and eating there isn't much to do in Rockville for a night owl.

One can always stay up late and cycle down the empty major thoroughfares that are so busy during the day.

In terms of outdoors recreations there are many little parks hidden inside neighborhoods and bike trails. There is the Rockville Millennium Trail, which is smoothly paved and very user friendly, spanning the City of Rockville in a 10-mile loop. There is Dogwood Park, located off of Wooton Parkway, offering tennis courts, baseball fields and other recreational facilities. There is also the downtown Rockville area, very recently developed, featured shops and restaurants and some cute little fountains where you can sit and people watch. Very upscale, not very adventurous if you're looking to do more than eat and drink. Cabin John Regional Park is located on Tuckerman Lane. It is a very large park consisting of numerous jungle jim's, slides, swings, picnic areas, and a train that takes you around the Park. It has baseball and softball fields, and other sports facilities to keep active.

Shopping wise there are 4 main malls around Rockville. Montgomery Westfield Mall is located on Democracy Blvd off I-270. Tysons Corner is a little distant but is much larger than the other malls. It is located on Rt 7 and I-495. It includes some designer stores and the Rainforest Cafe. Lakeforest Mall is located off I-270 at exit 11, Montgomery Village Ave.

There are also many plazas to walk around in such as Congressional Plaza located off the beltway (I-495) on Rockville Pike (355). It has a grocery store, shoe stores, children's stores, jewelry/accessories, health and beauty, and many service stores. Wintergreen Plaza is also located on Rockville Pike (355) with a marketplace, Fitness First, Musical Theatre Center, and many stores.

Olney Indoor Pool is located on the border of the town of Rockville and Olney. It is a public facility with a little pool and a larger pool with a high diving board and lap lanes.

Golf courses are popular in Rockville as Redgate Golf Course is the public golf course in the area located off Norbeck Road (28).

The Montgomery County Public Library is located on Rt 108 on Olney/Laytonsville Road.

There are also a couple movie theaters in the area to watch movies. AMC Loews Rio 18 is located at 9811 Washingtonian Boulevard and consist of stadium seating in the theater. Regal Cinemas is located at 199 E Montgomery Ave in Rockville off Rockville Pike (355).


Asadur's Market featuring Arabic, Persian, and Mediterranean foods and is located on Nicholson Lane in the shopping center right before the train tracks.

Russian Gourmet is located right before the Rockville Pike intersection of Nicholson Lane; Russian food and cultural products.

Congressional Shopping Center has lots of privately-owned clothing, baby and jewelry stores.


Maryland Ave

Many popular fast-food restaurants can be found in Rockville. In addition to the fast-food restaurants there are plenty of smaller, privately owned family restaurants. Rockville Pike holds an enormous amount of different restaurants as well.

Rockville Pike (355)

E.Gude Drive

Norbeck Road (28)


A great place to drink in Rockville is Clyde's, with half price wine and seafood on Monday nights (off of Wootton Parkway). Other good places are Orange Billiards (Rockville Pike) and various new places only newly opened in Rockville Town Square. There is also Winston's with pool tables and lots of liquor, located on 1776 E Jefferson St. (301) 881-3000

Another great place to drink is Hank Dietle's Tavern, located on the right hand side after you pass White Flint Mall on Rockville Pike going south toward D.C . It is so old that its liquor license is numbered '1', as it was the first issued when the prohibition was repealed in the thirties. It serves cheap pitcher/mug brew and does not serve food other than potato chips. There are always interesting, friendly people to talk to and it is the last thing from a pretentious/ intimidating atmosphere. The real estate agents will say its located in 'North Bethesda' but that's baloney since its technically still Rockville.

There aren't any clubs in Rockville. You drive to the bar or restaurant, you enjoy yourself at exorbitant prices, you drive home. If you'd like to find some better nightspots look further down the Metro red line, such as the Dupont or Adams Morgan stations.

In Rockville town square there a many great restaurants and with the new kid fountain in the center of the town it is a great place to take the little one on a hot day. La Tasca is a Spanish restaurant with little appetizer size dishes everyone loves. Austin grill is a tex-mex place with large servings and great atmosphere.

The Olney Ale House is an Irish Pub located on Olney/Laytonsville Road (Rt108). There is an outdoor beer garden. It is also attached to a delicious homemade ice cream walk-up window. It is located on 2000 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. +1 301 774-6708

The Stained Glass Pub Too is also a fun place to drink. It consists of a bar, serves pizza and subs and is fun for the whole family. A clown with balloons comes every Friday night to entertain the kids. It is located on 3333 Olney Sandy Spring Rd. +1 301 774-3778


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Routes through Rockville

Pittsburgh Harpers Ferry  W  E  Washington, D.C. END
Frederick Gaithersburg  W  E  Bethesda Washington, D.C.
END Gaithersburg  N  S  Bethesda East End, Washington
Martinsburg Gaithersburg  NW  SE  Kensington Washington, D.C.

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