What to Do around The Westin Washington National Harbor
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Not far from the heart of Washington, D.C., Washington National Harbor offers the best of both worlds—quick access to the nation's capital, and a small-town feel that allows for easy escapes into nature along the Potomac.
Daingerfield Island, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Daingerfield Island is a pleasant spot off George Washington Parkway where visitors can picnic and watch boats and wind surfers float down the Potomac. The name is misleading—the facility is not an island, but rather a peninsula covered with park...
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Easier to visit after the renovations at Jones Point Park just under the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, the Jones Point Lighthouse can be a great place to take in the shoreline. Alexandria was once one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. back in...
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182, USA
A diverse collection of plant life come together at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Explore well-groomed ornamental plant displays, delicate gazebos, indoor tropical plants, and wild native foliage across their 95-acre gardens. In every aspect...
National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD 20745, USA
The National Harbor Marina is a great place to stroll and enjoy views of the Potomac River. The piers are lined with benches and Adirondack chairs that are perfect for relaxing. At the very end of the East Pier is a viewer that overlooks the...
Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Marvel at Washington, D.C.’s iconic skyline from the Capital Wheel. Located on National Harbor’s waterfront, the 180-foot observation wheel is the only one of its kind in the northeast United States. Bring the whole family or a gang of friends: up...
8626 Fort Foote Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744, USA
For a solitary walk through history overlooking the Potomac River, stroll the two-mile trail around Fort Foote Park. Originally fortified to defend D.C. during the Civil War, it is now a National Park site, with woodlands to explore and ruins to...
153 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
I love public art and one of my favorites is “The Awakening,” which was created by the famed American sculptor, J. Seward Johnson, Jr. The Awakening is an iconic sculpture was originally installed by the artist at Hains Point in Washington, D.C.,...
151 St George Blvd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
The National Children's Museum is a fun place to spark the imagination of young kids. The museum is full of interactive exhibits designed to help children learn about the world around them. The Map Zone and World Cultures areas are of particularly...
6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
The rolling green expanse of Oxon Cove Park transports you from city to countryside in a matter of minutes. Here you can experience rural life as it once was and see how it's changed over time—from a plantation home during the War of 1812, to a...
171 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Art Whino is one of the few galleries near D.C. dedicated to showcasing underground artwork from all over the world. The shop also stocks an interesting collection of illustrated skateboard decks, vinyl toys and books and sells its merchandise at...
137 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
I love merry-go-rounds. In this day and age, when everything is fast, faster and fastest, this slow ride is a throwback to a simpler time in family entertainment. Reminds me of my happy childhood. Located on the edge of the Potomac River, the...
8405-F Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309, USA
An exceptional experience awaits you beyond the doors of this magnificent Colonial, located on a hill on the banks of the Potomac River. Situated on 8,000 beautifully landscaped acres, the home exudes the style and opulence worthy of a true...
150 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Whether you’re five or fifty-five, you’ll love the Peeps & Co store. You’ll start smiling before you enter the store—there’s a bright yellow VW with a giant yellow Peep on top, parked out front. Stop for a quick photo op. Once inside, the kid in...
Fort Washington, MD 20745, USA
Undoubtedly, the heart of National Harbor is its marina and waterfront. You’ll likely spend time here so check out the options. Here is where you can board a water taxi to go over to Alexandria, VA or further afar to Mount Vernon and even...
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
The Torpedo Factory is a celebrated part of Alexandria that helps promote a thriving arts community. A former ammunition factory during World War II, it now houses media from a variety of artists, many of whom are locally based. Some have...
201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745, USA
Taking a picture of a couple of my cousins and their friends as we navigated through this winter wonderland of Christmas holiday-themed scenes made up of over 5,000 blocks of ice at a combined weight of two million pounds! Hosted by the Gaylord...
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