Named for a freshwater spring set in stone flecked with silvery mica, Silver Spring, Maryland, is the Eastern seaboard's little taste of tinsel town. This city is known for its film festivals and red-carpet events, including AFI Docs, one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. As a part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, there's no shortage of entertainment or excitement to be had in Silver Spring.
Whether you're traveling around town or into neighboring communities, public transportation is the way to get around in Silver Spring. The MARC Train and the Metrorail whisk passengers throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, while Metrobus brings passengers anywhere around Silver Spring. This city even provides eco-friendly commuters with a free public transportation option, the VanGo, making it the decision to leave the car behind a no brainer.