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National Harbor is in Prince George's County, Maryland. Home to Marriott's Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor is a common destination for people traveling to the Washington DC area for conventions and business. Although National Harbor is known as a tourist destination, it has about 3,800 residents (2010).


The site has a convention center, six hotels, restaurants, shops, and condominiums. National Harbor hosted Cirque du Soleil in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 and features outdoor activities such as a culinary festival and outdoor concerts by military bands, an outdoor movie screen facing the river, an annual ice sculpture exhibition, and a Peeps Day with a Peeps eating contest. The national spelling bee competition is held there. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, with 2,000 rooms, is the largest hotel between New Jersey and Florida, and the largest in the Washington area.

The site includes a beachfront walking path and a connection to a bike trail on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge that crosses into Alexandria, Virginia. Amusements include a children's carousel, and the Capital Wheelk a 175-foot Ferris wheel on a pier that extends into the Potomac River.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

National Harbor is just south of the intersection of I-95 and I-295. There are numerous parking garages in the area.

By bus[edit]

  • Metrobus NH1 & NH3[dead link] operate service from/to the Branch Avenue Metro Station, where further connections can be made to Washington DC. For more information on riding the Metrorail and Metrobus, see Washington DC#Get_In.
  • National Harbor Passenger Shuttle[dead link] operates between hotels in National Harbor and the King Street Metro Station in Alexandria, Virginia. The bus is free for guests staying at a hotel in National Harbor (show your key card) or residents/employees of National Harbor and costs $10 for non-guests.

By boat[edit]

  • Potomac Riverboat Company[dead link] operates a water taxi between Alexandra, Virginia, the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, and downtown National Harbor. Round-trip fares are $16 for adults, $8 for children and the rides lasts about 25 minutes.
  • National Harbor Marina[dead link] allows docking of private boats. Advance reservation required.

By air[edit]

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closest airport to National Airport, about 8 miles (12 km) away. It has mostly domestic flights and a few international flights.
  • 1 Washington Dulles International Airport has domestic flights and many international flights. It is 36 miles (57 miles) from National Harbor.
  • 2 Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has domestic and international flights. It is 38 miles (61 km) from National Harbor.

Get around[edit]


National Harbor is very easy to walk around, and walking around is one of the pleasures of being there. The hotels are all within a short, pleasant walk from many restaurants and shops. A few places, such as the MGM casino and the outlet mall, are further away, and are easier to reach by using the National Harbor Circulator, a bus operating 7 days a week from 11AM-4AM. It costs $5 for an all-day pass. The National Harbor Circulator bus stops at:

  • Downtown National Harbor (St. George Blvd & Waterfront St bus shelters)
  • Gaylord National
  • Tanger Outlets (by the merchant wall on Oxon Hill Rd)
  • MGM National Harbor (on Monument Dr)


Capital Wheel, a Ferris wheel, at National Harbor
  • 1 Awakening Sculpture, 153 National Plaza (beachfront). Sculpture that looks like a giant person awakening after being buried in the ground. The Awakening (Q7715069) on Wikidata The Awakening (sculpture) on Wikipedia
  • [dead link] Local Motors Tours. Daily noon–6PM, on the hour. Showcases the latest innovations in vehicle technology, from 3D-printed cars to autonomous vehicles


  • 1 Boat Rental @ Boating in D.C., 165 Waterfront St. Swan pedal boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals. Also offers paddleboard lessons. Hourly rates: single kayak $15; double kayak $20; stand-up paddleboard $20; pedal boat (up to 4 adults): $25; swan or duck pedal boat (4 adults + 1 child): $30.
  • 2 The Capital Wheel, 116 Waterfront St, +1 301-842-8650, . M-Th noon-10PM, F Sa 10AM-11PM. 175-foot (53-km) Ferris wheel with views of the major sights of Washington D.C., and the surrounding area. Adult $15; senior $13.20; child $11.25. Capital Wheel (Q17082713) on Wikidata Capital Wheel on Wikipedia
  • 3 The Carousel at National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, +1 301-842-8650. Carousel with painted animals, a playground, and picnic tables near the water. Child $5.
  • 4 Big Apple Circus, 238 Waterfront St. Frequently hosts shows in a tent at National Harbor. Big Apple Circus (Q4904939) on Wikidata Big Apple Circus on Wikipedia
  • 5 MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave, toll-free: +1-844-346-4664, . MGM National Harbor (Q22984612) on Wikidata MGM National Harbor on Wikipedia
  • Movies on the Potomac. Seasonal; check schedule for dates and times.. Outdoor movies on the waterfront.


  • 1 Peeps & Company, 150 National Plaza, +1 301 749-5791. M-Th 10AM-9PM, F Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Candy store.
  • 2 Tanger Outlets, 6800 Oxon Hill Rd, +1 301-567-3880, toll-free: +1-866-956-9235. Over 85 stores, including Adidas, American Eagle, ASICS, Calvin Klein, Coach, Converse, Fossil, H&M, Hollister, Tommy Hilfiger, UGG, and Under Armour.
  • [dead link] Miller Farms Farmers Market, Located on American Way by the fountain. Every Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd – November 20th 10AM – 5PM.




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Routes through National Harbor
BaltimoreCamp Springs  N  S  AlexandriaSpringfield
Baltimore ← Becomes ← Becomes Washington, D.C.  N  S  END
Silver SpringCamp Springs  N  S  AlexandriaSpringfield

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