National Harbor has moved up to #29 on Cvent's list of Top U.S. Meeting Destinations. Located along the historic Potomac River, the waterfront destination is ideal for meetings and events for a variety of reasons.
Among them are its accessibility, scalability and flexibility. National Harbor is accessible from three local airports; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Dulles International Airport, and Amtrak. It also offers a multitude of meeting facilities for groups of any size, including the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and the AC Hotel. Its Tanger Outlets and designer stores offer an incentive for team members, and the Capital Wheel is great for networking events.
"There are undoubtedly other cities that can offer certain aspects of what meeting attendees can experience at National Harbor, but what really sets our destination apart is the centralization and packaging of those elements. Meeting planners will notice how seamless it is to plan itineraries from sleeping rooms to sessions to post-work team-building," says Josh Winston, director of tourism, National Harbor Convention & Visitors Association. "We are an incredibly pedestrian destination and attendees will appreciate the ease of the guest experience at National Harbor. With everything so centralized, visitors can take the liberty of self-exploring without worrying about missing the next meeting or take some downtime to handle their business in one of our relaxing and scenic restaurants. It’s all possible at National Harbor!"
If you're interested in getting your group involved in a team-building activity, Winston says they have some unique venues, including the opportunity to get your hands in the dirt at National Colonial Farm. "From their “Escape Farm” program, to trust walks, and green meetings education, the staff at Accokeek Foundation, which stewards National Colonial Farm has the perfect program to bring your team closer together."
Winston says March through May is the busiest time at the National Harbor. "This tends to follow the Congressional calendar, as many corporate and association groups want to forward their agendas when their representatives are accessible. The best month from a weather perspective is November, which is the driest month of the year in Maryland, and also kicks off the start of National Harbor’s festive holiday season," he adds.