Glen Echo is a small town, founded in 1904, located between the banks of the Potomac and Bethesda. Its main attraction is Glen Echo Park. Established near the end of the 19th century with the advent of electric rail, the park featured amusement rides and was used to hold “Chautauqua” cultural events. It was also the stage for an important scene during the Civil Rights Movement. Like many of the facilities in and around Washington, Glen Echo was segregated for 63 out of 70 years of its history. The park opened its gates to all in 1961 after a group of college students staged a sit-in protest on the carousel. In 1968 the park closed and was placed under the supervision of the National Park Service in 1971.
Quality of Life:
Glen Echo is a quiet, residential suburb only three miles outside of the District. Unique housing options abound. Glen Echo features everything from small, modern cabins and cottages to pre-Civil War frame houses.
Cabin John Parkway, Macarthur Boulevard, and Clara Barton Parkway are the major thoroughfares that serve Glen Echo residents. There is Ride-On bus service available in between Glen Echo Park and the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metro stations. Metrobus service is also available.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 20 miles.
Washington Dulles International Airport: < 25 miles.
Baltimore Washington International Airport: < 45 miles.