48 Hours in Silver Spring

Looking to get away for a long weekend or road trip? Just outside Washington, DC, there are numerous options to shop, dine, and experience Maryland’s culture capital, Montgomery County, Maryland—and we’ve highlighted a few of our Silver Spring favorites in this 48-hour itinerary.

Day 1: Stay at Home2 Suites
A recent addition to the area, Home2 Suites is located conveniently within Silver Spring to serve as a comfortable home base for your trip. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, bicycle rentals, fitness room, and a pool.

Day 1: Visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine
Established during the Civil War, the National Museum of Health and Medicine features a collection of photographs and specimens from the battlefields originally intended for research in military medicine and surgery.

Day 1: Cheers at Silver Branch Brewing
Take a moment to decompress and celebrate the start of your Silver Spring getaway at Silver Branch Brewing. The taproom and biergarten regularly host a variety of events including live music, limited beer releases, game nights, and yoga.

Day 1: Dine at Tacos Tortas & Tequila
After enjoying your beer, head over to Tacos Tortas & Tequila for tempting flavors and thoughtful décor. This taqueria (located on the lower level of the building, below their sister restaurant Buena Vida) has fresh tacos that satisfy everyone’s cravings.

Day 1: Enjoy a Movie at AFI Silver Theatre
Now that you’re properly fed, wrap up your first day with the newest independent film, an award-winning documentary, or a feature throwback film at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. You can browse and purchase tickets to shows ahead of time on their website.

Day 2: Brunch at Copper Canyon Grill
Sit down to a made-from-scratch, American brunch at Copper Canyon Grill. The menu includes one complimentary drink to pair with your selection of benedicts, eggs, omelets, and other great morning staples.

Day 2: Play a Round of Golf
Get out on any of the three public golf courses located in Silver Spring: Hampshire Greens, Northwest or Sligo Creek. All courses offer snack bars, merchandise shops, instruction, leagues, practice ranges, putting greens, and tournament facilities.

Day 2: Explore Downtown Silver Spring
Stroll around the downtown Silver Spring area where you’ll find bustling activity like a street party on the second Friday of every month on the Fountain Plaza or the FRESHFARM farmers market every Saturday on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue.

Day 2: Unwind at Urban Winery
Wrap up your getaway with an evening at Urban Winery, the first winery in the region to be located in an urban environment. Learn about wine and food pairings in their classes or attend one of their nightly events including live music, trivia nights, and flight night.

For more ideas on shorter getaways and road trips to the area, give our one night weekend in Bethesda, Maryland or 48 hours experiencing Montgomery County, Maryland’s art scene a read.