National Harbor is the perfect spot for your Maryland staycation.

Maryland is home to a lot of harbors and marinas, but none is as unique as the National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Located south of Washington, D.C., on the Potomac River, the harbor is home to resort hotels, shopping, dining, and gaming. A trip to the harbor can consist of dinner and a ride on The Capital Wheel or a weekend staycation complete with spa treatments and meals prepared by world-renowned chefs. The National Harbor also has a steady lineup of free entertainment and special events.

Things to Do

The harbor has an activity to fit every personality. Stroll along the waterfront, take a boat tour, or enjoy the views from The Capital Wheel. Shoppers will love the little boutiques on Fleet Street, the bargains at the nearby Tanger Outlets, and the upscale shops inside the MGM National Harbor. If you’re not into shopping, take a spin on lady luck in MGM's 160,000 square-foot casino. At the end of the day, watch the sunset with a cocktail or head over to Bobby McKey’s to listen to the dueling pianos. 

National Harbor waterfront, courtesy of National Harbor

Dining Out

The National Harbor has a diverse range of restaurants from quick-serve to fine dining establishments. Enjoy a quick bite at more than a dozen fast-casual spots, including Shake Shack, Capital Chicken and Waffles, and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls. In the mood for a steak? Try the Old Hickory Steakhouse inside the Gaylord National Resort. Grace’s Mandarin features Asian-fusion specialties and sushi, showcased by views of the Potomac River. Head over the MGM National Harbor for an interactive dining experience at Fish by José Andrés.

Where to Stay

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is a resort complex offering dining, shopping, and more. The hotel has sweeping views of the Potomac River and year-round activities inside its 19-story glass atrium. The newest resort on the block is the MGM National Harbor. Perched on the hill, the 308-room hotel has a casino, 3,000-seat theater, full-service spa, retail shops, and exceptional dining. Not into the big resorts? Try the Harborside Hotel. This boutique hotel has 196 rooms, free breakfast and is conveniently located in the waterfront district.

The National Harbor also hosts free movie nights, concerts, and special events throughout the year, check the website for details.