August 20, 2019
By Featured Venues & Destinations

Finding the right setting for your meeting can mean everything. It just so happens that 15
minutes south of Washington, DC there’s a spot on the Potomac River that has everything. National Harbor’s waterfront has been hosting small and large events that have enchanted and
delighted attendees since the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center opened in 2008. And over the years, the waterfront destination has only gotten better. Total meeting space has expanded to nearly 700,000 square feet with the opening of MGM National Harbor.
Here are the top reasons meeting planners love booking their events at National Harbor:

Unbeatable Location

No matter where they’re coming from, meeting-goers want it to be easy to get to their events.
Connected with the beautiful Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Capital Beltway, National Harbor
provides them with direct access to Reagan National Airport, Amtrak’s Union Station, and the
heart of DC.

Being so close to a big city has its perks. From the waterfront, all of Washington, DC’s culture
and history are only a short drive away. And for those who believe the journey is just as
important as the destination, Water Taxis take visitors for charming rides on the Potomac to Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and the monuments.

Delectable Dining Spots

With over 40 outstanding restaurants, attendees have no shortage of places to rub elbows and
exchange business cards. The smorgasbord of dining options will suit whatever kind of cuisine
they’re craving. In the Waterfront District, the colorful Capital Wheel and amazing sunset views
set the scene for riverside cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and entrées. While at the newly opened
MGM National Harbor, celebrity chefs turn dining out into an unforgettable experience.

Shopping Galore

The 160 shops and boutiques at National Harbor give visitors the opportunity to pick up more
than just souvenirs. They can spend an off moment strolling the Waterfront District and checking
out jewelry, outfits, and treats. Fashionistas will find new additions for their closets at SJP by
Sarah Jessica Parker, Stitched, and other retailers at MGM National Harbor. And Tanger

Outlets can outfit anyone looking for a complete wardrobe update.

Adventures Off the Clock

Event attendees don’t have to go far for fun. National Harbor is home to countless special
events and attractions. They can relax with a massage at Gaylord National’s spa Relâche,
dance to dueling pianos or ride on the mechanical bull on Fleet Street, try their hand at MGM
National Harbor’s casino, and so much more. The list goes on and on. And with National
Harbor’s “Show Your Badge Program,” a world of discounts open up to anyone wearing your
lanyard.

The Wow Factor

National Harbor takes meetings to the next level with a vast amount of activities and attractions

that can only be found on its shore. The dedicated team at National Harbor Convention &
Visitors Association have a comprehensive understanding of meetings and events and will help the planning process every step of the way. The gorgeous setting completes the experience for
any attendee and makes your event stand out from the rest. The Capital Wheel’s panoramic
vistas from 180 feet over the Potomac, over $10 million in art and sculpture on display, and
some of the best sunsets around DC are what make National Harbor a perfect place for

attendees and meeting planners alike.

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