Written by Jody Trammel

Silver Spring

Visiting Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MDJust north of the District is the lively, unincorporated area of Silver Spring, Maryland. Silver Spring is currently the fourth most populous area in the state, and with a rich history and countless cultural and artistic events each year, it’s easy to see why.

If you’re headed to Silver Spring, use Affinity Airport Sedan to get you around town. Our friendly, personal car service can pick you up and get you wherever you need to be. So whenever you need a lift, just call Affinity!

About Silver Spring

Silver Spring was founded in 1840 by Francis Preston Blair, who discovered a mica-flecked spring in the area and later called the surrounding land Silver Spring. The city later adopted the name.

By the end of the 19th century, Silver Spring saw significant growth, and this major expansion continued through the 1950s, when Silver Spring became the second largest retail market between Baltimore and Richmond. However, in the 1960s, the city entered a period of decline.

Silver Spring today

After years of development, the downtown area started to see signs of revitalization in the 21st century, upon the creation of a new outdoor shopping plaza and several large corporations moving to the area. In 2005, downtown Silver Spring was even awarded with the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence silver medal.

With several ethnic, entertainment, art, film, and music festivals each year, Silver Spring has grown to be a cultural and entertainment center. In addition to countless events, it’s home to The Fillmore, a 2,000 seat live music venue, and the American Film Institute’s Silver Theater and Cultural Center, a movie theater that showcases artistic American and foreign films.

In addition, Silver Spring’s extremely diverse population has led to a wide array of local restaurants, with dining options from virtually every corner of the globe.

If your travel plans bring you to the D.C. area, don’t forget to soak in some of the arts and culture of Silver Spring. And be sure to call Affinity to get you there. We’ll do the driving so you don’t miss a beat!