Destination guide

Get a spring in your step in Silver Spring

Bubbling up from between Maryland and Washington, DC, Silver Spring is a patchwork of laid-back residential sectors and fun-loving entertainment districts. It's a place where you can flit between theater houses and enjoy jazzy festivals in the late summer; where you taste the multicultural flavors of the Mexican kitchen or Creole home cooking; where you can put your finger on the local pulse and encounter a lived-in town of workaday folk. It's also where you can find a charming medley of stylish condos and studio flats, sprawling country homes, and elegant rowhouse Silver Spring vacation rentals close to the capital.

Things to do

Culture centers and parks abound in Silver Spring

Architecture buffs should be sure to start their vacation in Silver Spring with the curious medley of Japanese pagodas and Greek-revival architecture that dominates the town's famous National Park Seminary. After that, the evening's entertainments are usually handled by the screen shows and music performances of the sprawling Fillmore culture center, which is only bolstered by the mix of American steakhouses and Irish bars along Ellsworth. Also, don't miss the pretty hiking trails, golf courses, and river walks of both Sligo Creek Park and Rock Creek Park.


Getting jazzy in Silver Spring

True to its multicultural character, Silver Spring is a hotbed of ethnic festivals and yearly extravaganzas. Some 20,000 people or more flock for the foot-tapping evening shows and band battles of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival in September, while oodles of Silver Screen enthusiasts are drawn by the town's cinematic cultural centers and arthouse theaters. Meanwhile, lovers of the great outdoors will often look for Silver Spring vacation rentals close to babbling Rock Creek, where the trails and the biking tracks extend all the way to the famous museums of central Washington, DC.


It's all about the fall in leafy Silver Spring

The aforementioned Silver Spring Jazz Festival in September marks the beginning of what is probably the top time of year to come and enjoy all the cultural treats and creek parks of this small enclave of Maryland. Search for your Silver Spring vacation rentals between then and November and you'll get to enjoy the cool fall breezes as you wander the local streets and parks. And talking of parks, it's around fall that these come alive with the changing colors of the canopies, which glow red and auburn overhead.

Natural features

Creeks and forests abound in Silver Spring

Where the city of Washington, DC, gives way to the rolling countryside of southern Maryland, Silver Springs sits surrounded by beautiful pockets of seasonal woodland and babbling creeks. The town is peppered with top reserves like the Rock Creek Park and the Sligo Creek Park, where it's possible to wander the winding hiking tracks past old grist mills and fort bunkers. Rock Creek Park especially is known for its horse riding, and there are paddocks and bridle trails there for both beginners and experts who want to get in the saddle.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Silver Spring

The nearest airport is in College Park, MD (CGS), located 5.7 mi (9.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), which is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) away.

Consider catching the metro at Silver Spring Station or Forest Glen Station and easily see more of the city.

Where to stay around Silver Spring?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,837 vacation rentals near Silver Spring. From 555 Houses to 969 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Silver Spring for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Silver Spring?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Silver Spring:

  • Capitol Hill: 484 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,082 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 362 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 574 vacation rentals
  • National Harbor: 96 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Silver Spring?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Silver Spring. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Holy Cross Hospital: 2,079 vacation rentals
  • B&O Station: 2,090 vacation rentals
  • Northwest Golf Course: 1,750 vacation rentals
  • AFI Silver Theatre: 2,061 vacation rentals
  • Montgomery College: 2,087 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Silver Spring listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Silver Spring?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 555 Houses in Silver Spring. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Silver Spring include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 969 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 187 rentals available
  • Villas: 7 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Silver Spring?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 355 vacation rentals with pool available in Silver Spring. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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