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Harborfront Area

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Address: National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20744
Phone Number: +1 301-203-4170
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Perched on the historic Potomac River, National Harbor is a unique,...

Perched on the historic Potomac River, National Harbor is a unique, all-in-one destination and all-American tradition, offering unrivaled shopping, dining and attractions and a roster of year-round, family-friendly events.

Featuring expansive views from the riverbank-and from 180 feet up on The Capital Wheel, the waterfront's newest iconic draw-National Harbor combines an approachable, resort-like personality with a singular, dynamic experience for local residents and visitors alike.

Attractions include:

The Capital Wheel

The Awakening

The Carousel

Tanger Outlets

Waterfront Dining

Boat Cruises & Tours

Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

Free Events & Entertainment

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An Artificial World - Yet Enjoyable

National Harbor is isolated from anywhere else in the DC area creating a very artificial feel; yet for conference goers you have wonderful lively entertainment or you can choose... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Orlando, United States
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Wildwood, MO
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely surprise during a quick business trip! Beautiful water views, safe and friendly shopping with lots of choices for dinner. Highly recommend!

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Orlando, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

National Harbor is isolated from anywhere else in the DC area creating a very artificial feel; yet for conference goers you have wonderful lively entertainment or you can choose relaxing views of the river and peaceful walks on the boat docks. For all that one part of me wants to be critical of its sterility; I cannot help ... but... More 

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I was in high school, in the mid to late 1970s, there was talk about the National Harbor being built in the next few years. Needless to say, it took decades, and was worth the wait. Forever growing, it is now its own small town (National Harbor, MD) and is filled with storybook streets, upscale shops, bars, restaurants, apartments/condos,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must be the sixth times we've been to here. It's our family go to place whenever we want a break from the hustle and bustle of big city. Stay in Gaylord National and take a stroll down the river bank. The scenery is beautiful. Area is clean and safe. Nearby outlet shopping and ten min drive to all the DC... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Need to visit if you haven't been. Beautiful scenery. Great location to stay to if you are in the that area

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at the Gaylord and decided to venture out to the Harborfront area. It's a mini-city where you can find dining, chocolates, entertainment and even the CVS.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just came back from my trip here and I already miss the locale. The waterfront area was simply stunning and had great park walking/running/bicycling paths. Breathtaking views!

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little bit off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. It has a small town feeling with big city accomodations and restaurants.

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1 Thank SoCalScotts
Sewell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My fourth visit to this area! Absolutely love it! It offers something for everyone. Shopping, great restaurants, history, close to many other interior attractions. It's a place I love going back over and over!

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time at the National Harbor. The first time it was 105 degrees and I didn't enjoy it at all. However we went back on a beautiful Sunday and enjoyed it a lot. There are so many eating places and shops, I'm not sure how they all stay in business.Kids seemed to enjoy the huge movie screen... More 

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