National Harbor in Washington, DC

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National Harbor is a census-designated place along the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland just south of Washington, D.C. near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It originated as a 300-acre (1.2 km2) multi-use waterfront development. The development was delineated as a census-designated place for the 2010 census, at which time its population was 3,788. It has been redeveloped since 2008.

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National Harbor is one of my favorite place. I come here most of the time since my relatives place is 3 minutes away from where they lived. During holidays, my cousins and I come here to watch some animated fireworks on 4th of July, walking around in Gaylord Palms, hangout at the bars or take my nieces to the park and watch the beautiful sunset.


The site has a convention center, six hotels, restaurants, shops, and condominiums. National Harbor hosted Cirque du Soleil and also features outdoor activities such as a culinary festival and outdoor concerts by local artists, an annual ice sculpture exhibition, and an annual international Beatles festival, “Abbey Road on the River.” 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 Wheel, a 175-foot Ferris wheel on a pier that extends into the Potomac River.


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The Walt Disney Company had announced that it would build a new resort hotel at National Harbor, but backed out of the project in November 2011. An MGM-branded casino is expected to open at National Harbor in late 2016, following voters’ approval of an expansion to the state’s gambling program in the November 2012 elections. The MGM resort is planned to have a 300-room hotel, a 135,000-square-foot (12,500 m2) casino, stores, a spa, restaurants, a 1,200-seat theater, a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) convention area, and a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) parking garage. In addition, on November 29, 2012, ground was broken for a Tanger Outlets shopping facility at National Harbor, which opened in November 2013. Tanger Outlets is 2 minutes away from my relatives place.

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National Harbor has direct road access to Interstate 95/495 (the Beltway), Interstate 295 (Anacostia Freeway), and Oxon Hill Road. Commuters travelling via Virginia states and Maryland states.

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I hope everyone enjoy my travel stories and photographs. Have a lovely day! 🙂

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