Posted on June 18, 2016
A waterfront wonderland at National Harbor
Love George Washington? Whether from the ferris wheel, in your hotel or along the Potomac, you’ll see plenty of history on our Founding Father at the new National Harbor.
Rising from the banks of the Potomac, the National Harbor is so big it has it’s own convention and visitors association! It’s aim is to lure not only large groups on business but families and couples looking for alternative places to stay, dine and shop.
This week I’m on assignment in this travel destination akin to a smaller, softer Walt Disney World. After recording keynotes and sessions inside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center all day, my producer unclips the leash, and I’m off to experience this 350-acre playground: scenic tours, nature trails, outdoor movie nights and shopping galore.
I manage to squeeze it all in before the sun sets.
Downtown D.C. is only 15 minutes away by taxi or, do what I did, and jog to it from the 3.5-mile concrete waterfront pathway called the Woodrow Wilson Bridge trail. The trail includes station bump-outs with viewing scopes along the drawbridge and several interesting pavers with carved glyphs of the fish species found in the Potomac River.
If only there was time to hop aboard the ferry parked outside the hotel for a tour of Mount Vernon, the plantation home of America’s first president.