When making your travel arrangements, please refer to this schedule so you don’t miss any of the top things on your list.
Please note: that if you DID NOT purchase an All-Access pass, you will not be able to attend the workshops on Friday, October 18. If you wish to upgrade your pass and attend a workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda at a glance (see complete agenda here)
About National Harbor
Just a 15-minute drive or water taxi ride from the heart of the nation’s capital, National Harbor features 350 premium acres along the shimmering Potomac. Whether you’d like to roll the dice at MGM National Harbor®, take a trip to historical sites like the Washington Monument, or kick back with a beverage overlooking the Potomac River, you’re sure to love your time here. See below for more information on things to do in the area. Download a map of the National Harbor area.
We have discounted rates at the Gaylord National Resort, so you can easily stroll right from your room into sessions. And when you’re out of the classroom, you can revel in the 19-story high, glass atrium with lush indoor gardens, enjoy a nice dinner at one of the seven restaurants within the hotel, get pampered at the full-service luxury spa and salon, or snuggle up in your comfy bed.
Please book your room(s) here to get the #mpb2b rate, starting at $297 a night.
There are three main airports in proximity to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Super Shuttles, taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available at each of the airports. Driving directions and approximate costs for transportation are below.
Airports serving National Harbor
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the airport winner, being only seven miles from the Gaylord National Resort. Driving in no traffic will get you there in about 15 minutes, but budget 25 minutes in case of accidents, roadwork, and/or traffic.
Taxis and Ubers are available at the airport terminal
Estimated transportation costs:
SuperShuttle: $18 (one way); a reservation required. Special Gaylord discount on SuperShuttle with discount code GNR50 (prepaid reservations only. Also available on SuperShuttle app)
Taxi fare: $28 (one way)
Driving Directions: Follow signs to George Washing Parkway South to Alexandra. Veer right at the sign to Slaters Lane, make a right at traffic light. Follow signs to US Route 1 and merge onto US-1. Follow signs to I-95 North (Maryland). Veer right at signs toward I-95. Veer left toward I-95 and merge onto I-95 North / I-495 East (Capital Beltway). Cross Woodrow Wilson Bridge toward Maryland. Take exit 2A toward National Harbor. Turn right on Waterfront Street. The resort is on the right.
Washing Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the runner-up at 35 miles distance from the Gaylord National Resort. In theory it should just be about a 45 minutes minute drive, but budget at least an hour. Remember that rush hour is from approximately 5:30am-10am and then starts back at about 2pm and can last until 8pm.
Estimated transportation costs:
SuperShuttle: $44 (one way) ;reservation required. Special Gaylord discount on SuperShuttle with discount code GNR50 (prepaid reservations only. Also available on SuperShuttle app)
Taxi fare: $80 (one way)
Driving Directions: Follow Airport Exit signs. Take VA-267 East toward Washington and follow signs to I-495 South toward Richmond/Alexandria. Take I-495 South (Capital Beltway - Outer Loop) toward Richmond/Alexandria. Continue on Capital Beltway, but merge with I-495 East/ I-95 North toward Baltimore. Stay to right, following signs for Local Traffic to National Harbor. Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge toward Maryland. Take Exit 2A toward National Harbor. Turn right on Waterfront Street. The resort is on the right.
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the final airport within driving distance. It usually has some of the cheapest flights, but it’s 40+ miles from the Resort, so you will need to budget at least an hour and a half for driving.
Estimated transportation costs:
SuperShuttle: $45 (one way); reservation required. Special Gaylord discount on SuperShuttle with discount code GNR50 (prepaid reservations only. Also available on SuperShuttle app)
Taxi fare: $70 (one way)
Driving Directions: Follow Airport Exit signs toward Washington DC. Take exit 2B for MD 295-South / Baltimore Washington Parkway toward Washington. Merge onto I-295-South toward Washington. Stay on I-295-South for about 35 miles. Take Exit 1B (the very last exit on I-295-South, past exit 1) toward National Harbor. Turn right on Waterfront Street. The resort is on the right.
The Gaylord National Resort has its own parking facility. Current rates (subject to change): $14/hour; $30/day
There are five additional garages and lots in the National Harbor area. For pricing information and maps, visit the National Harbor website.
Gaylord National Hotel is connected to the Washington Metro system (Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or WMATA), via a limited-stop bus route. For bus schedules, route maps and current prices*, please visit the WMATA website and view information on the NH1 / National Harbor Bus Line.
To learn more about transportation to and around the the Convention Center, visit the Gaylord Resort website.
There’s so much to do and see around National Harbor. If you plan to arrive early or stay a few extra days, here are some tidbits to help you make the most of your time.
Home to more than 40 restaurants, National Harbor has everything from quick taco places to elegant waterfront dining. The Gaylord alone boasts seven restaurants, including the decadent Old Hickory Steakhouse and the Pienza Marketplace where you can a healthy breakfast with ingredients from local farms.
Looking to try your luck at black jack or slots, hop on the National Harbor Circulator Bus (free to guests at the Gaylord) for short 1.3 mile ride to the MGM National Harbor. Along with gaming, the MGM hosts a state of the art theater and multiple bars and restaurants.
Looking for the best view in town, don’t miss the Capital Wheel. Soaring 180 feet above the waterfront, you’ll get views of everything from the National Cathedral and Washington Monument to City of Alexandria and the parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virgina area.
Forgot something? Or in desperate need of adding to your shoe collection? With more than 160 retailers, from boutiques to the Tangier Oultets, you’ll have plenty of options to fulfill all your shopping needs.
Downton DC: Have an extra day and want to take in the historic sights in downtown Washington DC, like the Washington Monument or Capital Hill, but don’t want to bother with driving and parking? Gaylord National Resort provides shuttle service to downtown, and regional tours of the Capital area in partnership with Old Town Trolley. Contact the hotel concierge for details 1-301-965-4000.
Cruise the Potomac: If you have a hankering to get out on the water, there are plenty of options. From dinner and brunch cruises to a roundtrip sightseeing cruise to Mount Vernon. Learn more at Odyssey Cruises and Sprit Cruises.
Visit historic Alexandria, VA: Voted a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria ia nationally designated historic district founded in 1749. Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront, making it an excellent day trip or place to spend a long weekend of relaxation after the conference.
From J. Seward Johnson’s The Awakening sculpture and Steven Weitzman’s 1,600 square foot Terazzo, to statues of George Washington and Henry Ford, National Harbor is home to an extensive outdoor art collection. Much of the collection is along American Way (home to many restaurants and shops as well), a short five minute walk from the Gaylord. Take your time admiring these magnificent pieces of local and national art on your own with A guided cell tour, which can be downloaded by texting ACNH to 56512.
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail is a well-loved train by pedestrians and bikers alike. This easy 3.5 mile trek takes you across the Potomac to Alexandria, VA, with observation points, benches, and historical markers along the way so you can enjoy the history and beauty of the landscape.
If you’re looking for even more of challenge, the trail connects to the 18 mile Mount Vernon Trail in Virginia, so you can walk, run, or peddle for hours.
Can’t bring your bike with you? No problem. Capital Bikeshare has a station close to the Gaylord at Fleet St and Waterfront St, so you can get your cycling fix.
And so much more
For more information about National Harbor and all it has to offer, visit their website.