Formerly a bedroom community for Washington, DC, Rockville is steadily coming into its own. Once there was little for teenagers to do other than cruise “the Pike,” a seemingly endless strip mall-lined thoroughfare. Today there's a modern town center and a growing number of biomedical, technology and hospitality companies migrating here.
The third largest city in Maryland and seat of the county government, Rockville’s origins date back to colonial America. But it’s hardly stuck in the past – this growing city’s outlook is firmly towards the future. It's the heart of the Interstate 270 technology corridor and home to the National Cancer Institute, Human Genome Sciences and Lockheed Martin Information Systems.
Biking and walking trails snake through well-maintained parks (try Rock Creek, Cabin John and Glen Echo). For a bit of culture, check out the Strathmore Music Center or the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center. And if you have time for serious sightseeing, the nation's capital is less than 30 minutes away by Metro, Marc commuter rail, Amtrak or car.