The DC waterfront known as National Harbor is brimming with excitement. Whatever your preference, this hotspot seems to have it. With a gorgeous location overlooking the Potomac River and host to the brand new Capital Wheel, a day spent here is well worth it.
Many options are available to get to National Harbor. Located right off Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge near interstate 95, driving there is quite convenient. For a more relaxing transit, water taxis are available from Old Town Alexandria which run throughout the day. The newest attraction, Capital Wheel, opened on May 23rd and offers views as distant as the Washington Monument and the US Capitol. The 180 feet high ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas. A new children’s museum opened at the Harbor and there’s also a large sandbox area where kids can play.
With restaurants lining the boardwalk area, there is no shortage of cuisine options. Seafood, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, and Italian food is available with outdoor seating for all of them. Pastry and coffee shops are abundant throughout the area. There’s a nice walking trail that traverses through the convention center and showcases several fountains. The center of National Harbor features a huge stage for musical performances and a massive LED screen showing movies throughout the summer.
If shopping is your thing, Tanger Outlets just opened up late 2013. This outlet contains many popular stores such as Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, and Gap along with many food options. As a bonus, there’s a free Tanger shuttle bus that runs from 4 PM – 9 PM to and from the National Harbor.
If that’s not enough, in the near future, MGM National Harbor will open which will include a luxury hotel, fine dining from local and celebrity chefs, world-class entertainment, shops from among the finest retailers in the world, and a luxurious spa. I’m quite sure the MGM Casino will be the highlight of the entire establishment. The MGM will host a myriad of musical events and performances, which will further attract crowds to the region. Real estate is sprouting up already with apartments under construction and ready to be inhabited by late 2014.
National Harbor is a great day trip with activities catered to all ages. The sky is the limit for its potential and growth. I definitely recommend it and plan to go back multiple times to enjoy everything it has to offer.