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Five Things You’ll Love About National Harbor

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Hi, I’m Anna Marie. I’m a wife, mother, Irish dancer, and pug mom living in North Carolina. I also love to travel. Come along for the ride! If you see something you like, don’t be afraid to say, ‘Pull over and let me out.’

Visiting National Harbor

Just south of Washington, DC along the banks of the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County, Maryland sits NationalHarbor. Though a relatively new addition to the waterfront, the multi-use development has quickly become a popular tourist destination. With its direct access to I-95, it’s well worth taking the time to pull over and visit National Harbor.

Here are five things you’ll love about National Harbor:



There are over 150 shops and stores at National Harbor. From outlet stores, well-known retailers, to quirky one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques; there’s truly something for everyone.   Visitors can easily stroll from one retailer to the next while enjoying the waterfront ambiance.  It’s a unique shopping excursion.
The Peeps Store is a favorite with kids of all ages.
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Though National Harbor is only 1.4 square miles of land, it’s packed with good food and a variety of dining options. Walk along the waterfront and choose which cuisine suits your appetite and budget. There are more than 30 locations to choose from; you won’t go hungry.
Redstone American Grill, one of many cuisines to choose from at National Harbor.

Places to Stay

In addition to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, there are four other national brand hotels to select from within walking distance of the waterfront, shops, and dining. Westin, Hampton, Marriott and Wyndham hotels provide visitors an abundance of rooms as well as a range of styles and prices that make staying at National Harbor convenient.

Places to Play


There’s always something happening at National Harbor. Family-friendly adventure abounds with the Capital Wheel, The Carousel and the ever-popular sculpture, The Awakening. Kids will spend hours climbing, running and playing under the giant screen.

Giant screen?

Yes, there’s a giant screen where seasonal favorite, Movies on the Potomac National Harbor, features popular films shown under the stars.

But wait, there’s more!

There’s a marina, bike trails, paddle boats, water taxis, sight-seeing cruises, boat rentals……

Suffice it to say, this is a great place play.


The Washington, D.C. Area

National Harbor is only a few miles south of the nation’s capital, yet it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Water taxis provide access to a variety of locations in Washington, DC as well as Old Town Alexandria, making it an ideal spot to access not only this thriving waterfront and all it has to offer but also the entire Washington, DC area.

Bottom Line

If you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, National Harbor is a fun option for spending a few hours or a few days. There’s plenty to do, see, eat and it’s all within a short distance of some of the world’s most famous landmarks.


National Harbor

165 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745



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