Bethesda Public Parking Garage Power Rankings
1. Cordell – St.Elmo
Located on two more secluded streets of Bethesda, this simple four story garage on a quaint block of the Woodmont Triangle area is the best parking garage in Bethesda. The visually appealing teal colored railings and convenient stairway on Cordell Avenue gives the Cordell – St. Elmo Garage just enough for first place.
2. Waverly Garage
In the heart of the “Bethesda Financial District”, Waverly Garage even stretches over Waverly Street and shows its magnificent seven story construction along with numerous ways to
enter/exit. The immense stature, coupled with a magnificent view of Downtown Bethesda permits Waverly Garage a runner up finish. Current construction deterred it from the top spot.
3. Bethesda – Elm
Street Parking spots in Bethesda Row are typically few and far between, so this lovable garage offers easy access to both Bethesda Ave and Elm Street, as well as picturesque views of the vast Bethesda skyline.
4. Auburn – Delray
This massive, six-story parking garage is a slight bit far from Woodmont Triangle, but it makes up for it with a great view of the Bethesda skyline from the north. The Auburn – Delray Garage also offers very easy access to both Old Georgetown Road and Norfolk Avenue.
5. Woodmont – Rugby
Although this garage is very small (only two stories), it really stands out with the eloquent mural
that was recently painted on it. Also allows for great access to the recent developments near the intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane.
6. Woodmont Corner
Solid location near Woodmont Triangle, however its aggressively average appearance and colossal size makes the Cordell – St. Elmo Garage a much better bet for Woodmont Triangle visitors. This Garage is however titanic in size, and even stretches all the way to Old Georgetown Road.
Located near the Bethesda Transit Center, the Metropolitan Garage allows for easy access to the Red Line, but not much else. The Metropolitan Garage also contains Parking Lot Attendant Booths, which are quite the rarity in Bethesda’s Public Parking Garages. For that reason alone, I’d bet dollars to donuts that it is the most confusing Garage in Bethesda to park in.
8. Capital Crescent
Although this garage is close to Bethesda Row, it is primarily underground and doesn’t really stand out from any of the other exquisite garages in Bethesda. It does however give intrepid hikers, runners, bikers, and even rollerbladers great access to the Capital Crescent Trail just a block away.
A slight bit off the beaten path nearing the East Bethesda neighborhood, this garage is also basically just a hole in the wall. Even being home to the Bethesda Parking Permit Sales Store couldn’t keep the Cheltenham Garage out of the ninth and final spot in the rankings.
By Tom Merritt