National Harbor awaits: its live music, bars, entertainment, and more!

The National Harbor, near Washington D.C., runs along the beautiful Potomac River. With more than 70 shops and a range of restaurants, waterfront residences, parks, family areas and first-class marinas, this is the perfect place to unwind while enjoying the nation’s capital.

Have lunch with the family and then meander through the parks and along the water. In the evening, stroll under the stars, admire the glittering lights of the city, have a romantic glass of wine or share a drink with friends.

With an impressive range of retail stores, you can spoil yourself with a day of shopping. From designer brands to independent arts, funky boutiques and classic chic, there is something for every shopper’s needs. At the upscale American Market, find handmade crafts and locally sourced gourmet, specialty food. Afterward, visit the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the largest non-gaming hotel on the East Coast. Then, as you wander along the waterfront, see The Awakening, an enormous aluminum sculpture of a bearded giant emerging from the sand.

Inspire your children at the National Children’s Museum, ride on the Americana-themed carousel and have fun with your toddlers at the playground. In the summertime, watch the sunset, then enjoy a Sunday family movie under the stars.

Take advantage of the water activities on the Potomac River. Enjoy a relaxing cruise or sail, kayak, ride a paddle boat or take a guided fishing tour. If you are in town on business, stay fit with a jog or bike ride on the designated trails through the parks and along the waterfront.

The National Harbor is on the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland. It is 15 minutes from Washington D.C., and is easily accessible by water taxi or car. With a tranquil atmosphere and a variety of shopping and dining options, the National Harbor is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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Top Hotels in National Harbor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
4 out of 5
201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD
$237/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.2/5Excellent! (1,870 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this spa resort is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Tanger Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of George Washington Masonic National Memorial and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,870 reviews)

"It was soecial for my kids. They loved the Atroum view."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
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MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino
4.5 out of 5
101 MGM National Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD
$279/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.4/5Excellent! (709 reviews)

Located in the heart of National Harbor, this luxury resort is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Tanger Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of George Washington Masonic National ...

4.4/5Excellent! (709 reviews)

"Restaurant choices and casino"…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino
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The Westin Washington National Harbor
4 out of 5
171 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD
$143/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.2/5Excellent! (1,218 reviews)

Located in the heart of National Harbor, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Tanger Outlets and within 6 mi (10 km) of George Washington Masonic National Memorial ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,218 reviews)

"The property is beautiful. It is surrounded by restaurants and a wonderful waterfront view."…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

The Westin Washington National Harbor

Popular things to do in National Harbor

White House
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White House

Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.

Washington Monument
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Washington Monument

Centerpiece of the National Mall, America’s tribute to the country’s founding father stirs the soul while offering superb views from the top.

Arlington National Cemetery
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Arlington National Cemetery

Pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country in the best-known military cemetery in America.

Lincoln Memorial
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Lincoln Memorial

Epic words, exceptional architecture, and an inspirational view combine in this stirring tribute to America’s 16th president.

United States Capitol
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United States Capitol

Sitting on top of Capitol Hill is a Washington landmark that’s been the home of American democracy for more than 200 years.

Jefferson Memorial
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Jefferson Memorial

One of the National Mall’s more austere pieces of architecture, the Jefferson Memorial pays homage to one of America’s greatest presidents and visionaries.

Top activities in National Harbor

Capital Wheel at National Harbor Tickets
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Capital Wheel at National Harbor Tickets

$17

Just across the Potomac River, climb aboard this observation wheel for the best bird’s-eye view of the United States' capital city. Soar above the waterfront and marvel at incomparable views of famous landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Masonic Temple.

DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi
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DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi

$49

Named “Washington's Best Tour” by the Washingtonian Magazine, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the Nation's Capitol. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York
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Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

$169

Take a day trip out of the city to soak up the history and architecture of another East Coast metropolis—Washington, D.C. Check out the monuments and memorials of the National Mall, see the White House, and dive into the fascinating exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Guided Monuments & Memorials Tour at Dusk
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Guided Monuments & Memorials Tour at Dusk

$58

Your tour begins at the US Navy Memorial and loops around the National Mall, stopping at iconic landmarks and powerful tributes to key moments in American history along the way.

Best of DC – VIP Guided DC Bus Tour
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Best of DC – VIP Guided DC Bus Tour

$125

Explore the halls of our nation’s history and see the memorials that pay tribute to early presidents, fallen soldiers, and inspired citizens. Your all-encompassing tour of the capital puts you face-to-face with the documents and buildings that symbolize our patriotic past.

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

$50

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC, DC 20500 White House stop for a picture. Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: National World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Ave. SW Near 7th St.

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