National Harbor, located on the shores of the Potomac River in Price George’s County, Maryland, was started in 2008 as a multi-use waterfront development. The 300 acre site which was once a plantation, is directly across the Potomac from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. In 2010, National Harbor was delineated as a census designated place with a population close to 4,000. It consists of hotels, offices, retail stores, restaurants, and nightspots. There are also waterfront condos, a marina and convention center, Tanger Outlets and National Harbor’s most iconic attraction, The Capital Wheel. The development has not been without controversy due to environmental impacts and traffic congestion, as over 10,000 cars are expected to commute daily. Residents of National Harbor enjoy waterfront living with a marina, and a walkable community of shopping, dining and entertainment. Picture of National Harbor courtesy of Wikipedia and Andreas Praefcke (public domain). Picture of McCormick & Schmicks courtesy of Wikipedia and Juxtapos99 (public domain);
View of stores and restaurants at National Harbor (retail development) in Maryland, courtesy of Wikipedia and Tomwsulcer (public domain).