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National Harbor

National Harbor is one of the D.C.-area’s most exciting and unique communities, taking full advantage of its waterfront location on the Potomac River. In addition to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, you’ll find plenty to do in the area including: Tanger Outlets, waterfront restaurants, a marina and The Capital Wheel -- a 180-foot observation wheel giving riders panoramic views of the nation’s capital. Next door is home to MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion integrated casino resort complex overlooking the Potomac River. The MGM National Harbor boasts a 24-story, 308-room hotel, 125,000 sq. feet of gaming, 18,000 sq. feet of high-end retail, 12 restaurants from renowned local and national chefs, and a 3,000-seat theater.

Alexandria, Virginia

Old Town Alexandria delights travelers from all over the world. Just a ten-minute taxi drive or a 20-minute scenic ride on the Alexandria Water Taxi from the National Harbor, Alexandria is easy and economical to access. A nationally designated historic site once home to George Washington, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Visitors can also enjoy the free King Street Trolley or take advantage of the Key to the City museum pass for discounted access to 8 historic sites.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a city where history is made every day! Discover it for yourself at the National Archives, the National World War II Memorial, Mt. Vernon, the incredible Smithsonian Museums along the beautiful National Mall or visit Washington’s historic Black Broadway where you can also catch a live jazz performance.

Accessible via the Alexandria Water Taxi with stops at The Wharf and Georgetown, be sure to plan ahead and take some time to play in the nation's capital.

Looking for more ideas? is the official site of the Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation and has plenty of information to help you plan your stay in the beautiful city. Check out a few of the National Council Staff’s favorite things to do.