Destination guide

Natural beauty and national treasures near Germantown

Surrounded by vast lakes, dense forests, and meandering streams, Germantown is a beautiful place for outdoor adventures, with the bright lights and big city life of Washington, DC, only a short drive away. Germantown vacation rentals are close to parks where you can play tennis, volleyball, or inline hockey, trails for mountain biking in summer and hiking in winter, and fascinating historical sites that make the past come to life. You can take the train into the nation's capital and explore national monuments and museums, then head back to Germantown for unique shopping experiences and fine dining at great local restaurants.

Things to do

Living history and a pumpkin festival

Button Farm Living History Center is a gripping destination for the whole family, a place to see 19th-century slave plantation life first hand, and witness the heroism and courage of the workers on the Underground Railroad. Germantown vacation rentals are also close to Butler's Orchard, a 300-acre family farm that grows more than 25 varieties of flowers, vegetables, and fruits, and allows visitors to harvest plump raspberries, tart cherries, and crunchy sugar snap peas when they're in season. In fall, you can attend the annual Pumpkin Festival and wander through a hay maze, enjoy fall crafts, and take a jolly hayride.


Soccer and musicals in Germantown

Germantown is a haven for soccer fans where you can cheer wildly at professional soccer and lacrosse tournaments. Meanwhile, a thriving arts center is an inspiring place to take an art class or dance lessons, and take in a musical or play. Germantown vacation rentals are close to nearby parks where you can play rousing games of miniature golf, hone your aim at the archery range, and beat the summer heat with your kids in a splash playground. To escape the hustle and bustle of town, you can rent a canoe, explore the lake shoreline, and stop for a picnic.


Live theater and canoeing in Germantown

Once a rural farm area, Germantown is now a thriving suburb with a humid subtropical climate. Winters are cold with temperatures ranging from the high 20s to low 40s. It's a good time to snowshoe and sled in nearby parks, or keep warm indoors by attending live theater, dance productions, or musical performances. Summer is hot, with temperatures in the 80s with spikes up to the 100s, and very humid. It's a good time to head for the lakes and dive into the cool water for long, sunny days of swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, and numerous breaks for ice cream.

Natural features

Green spaces and lakes in Germantown

Surrounded by lush parks, Germantown is only 45 minutes north of the political center of the United States, Washington, DC. An hour west of Baltimore and the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Germantown is a gateway to the nation's capital, and a lovely place of ample green spaces and glittering waterways. Fishing enthusiasts will find largemouth Bass and bluegill sunfish in Little Seneca Lake, while in nearby Black Hill Regional Park, visitors can spot osprey and eagles soaring overhead, wood ducks nesting in specially built nesting boxes, and cute turtles sunning themselves on logs at the lake edge.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Germantown

The nearest airport is in Gaithersburg, MD (GAI-Montgomery County Airpark), located 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Washington, DC (IAD-Washington Dulles Intl.), which is 18.6 mi (29.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Germantown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 135 vacation rentals near Germantown. From 53 Houses to 59 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 Germantown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Germantown?

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 Germantown:

  • Capitol Hill: 499 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,115 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 367 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 598 vacation rentals
  • National Harbor: 105 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 Germantown?

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

  • Seneca Creek State Park: 373 vacation rentals
  • United States Capitol: 2,101 vacation rentals
  • National Mall ( Mall): 1,197 vacation rentals
  • Nationals Park: 2,080 vacation rentals
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: 2,113 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Germantown 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 Germantown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 53 Houses in Germantown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Germantown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 59 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 8 rentals available
  • Farmhouses: 2 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Germantown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 41 vacation rentals with pool available in Germantown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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