National Harbor: An iconic getaway
From seeing historical sites and local attractions, to world-class entertainment, to shopping to your heart’s content, the Potomac region, the host area of AO’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, is home not only to the United States’ capital, but also to a diverse array of cultural and historical attractions reflecting the country’s rich heritage.
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, the site of the meeting, is a 19-story glass atrium with lush indoor gardens that will greet you for an unrivalled stay. With seven stylish, award-winning eateries, cafes and bars available right on the premises, you won’t have to travel far for fine dining. Try an array of cuisine, visit the hotel’s rooftop lounge, or the Pose Lounge & Nightclub with its exotic cocktails and breathtaking views. Other key amenities include a full-service luxury spa and salon, fitness center and indoor pool.
Located on the Potomac River, the Gaylord is just steps from the shopping and entertainment National Harbor is known for, with an expert concierge team to assist with planning your stay. Explore popular attractions, many of which are located right in the heart of the Waterfront District:
The Capital Wheel. Soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront while getting a view of the sights, including the National Cathedral, Washington Monument, Masonic Temple, City of Alexandria, Prince George’s County, and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.
Find your perfect style shopping at Tanger outlets, just a complementary shuttle ride away from the Gaylord. Shop on the waterfront from a diverse blend of more than 160 retailers, including Pandora, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Under Armour, Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, and many more.
On the evening of September 14, take in the best views of the sunset while playing cornhole, Connect Four, giant Jenga, hula hoops, hopscotch, and more with your colleagues and family at “Summer Fridays” held right on the waterfront. Get a different view of the waterfront with other recreational activities, including renting a kayak, pedal boat, or stand-up paddleboard.
Nightlife is just steps away in the Fleet Street Entertainment District, including Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar.
Other live music options will include the Salute the Sunset Concert Series featuring Air Force Singing Sergeants performing on the evening of September 15. For fans of Motown, Smokey Robinson, front man, chief songwriter and producer of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, will be performing on September 15 at the 3,000-seat theatre at the nearby MGM National Harbor.
Art at National Harbor. National Harbor is home to more than $10 million in public art. From your arrival to your departure, there’s something to see at every turn.
For families, the Carousel at National Harbor is a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel featuring a herd of whimsical creatures with the Potomac River as the backdrop.
In case you don’t get enough of your fill from all the local restaurants, the Farmer’s Market by Community Foodworks, an innovative model for local food distribution that increases access to healthy, fresh, local food will be bringing a diverse group of vendors on Sunday, September 16 to National Harbor’s American Way.
Learn about the history of the Potomac River and the nation’s capital while enjoying the scenic views of National Harbor and reaching many of Washington, DC’s historical sites, the history of nearby Old Town Alexandria and Mt. Vernon via the Potomac Riverboat Company. Sightseeing tours and a regular schedule taking you between sites and areas of visitor interest are available.
Whether you will be networking with colleagues or spending time with family, the Gaylord and National Harbor area will provide a memorable stay.