National Harbor is a census-designated place along the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland just south of Washington, D.C. near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It originated as a 300-acre (1.2 km2) multi-use waterfront development. The development was delineated as a census-designated place for the 2010 census, at which time its population was 3,788. It has been redeveloped since 2008.
The site has a convention center, six hotels, restaurants, shops, and condominiums. National Harbor hosted Cirque du Soleil in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and also features outdoor activities such as a culinary festival and outdoor concerts by local artists, an annual ice sculpture exhibition, and an annual international Beatles festival, "Abbey Road on the River." The site includes a beachfront walking path and a connection to a bike trail on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge that crosses into Alexandria, Virginia. Amusements include a children's carousel, and the Capital Wheel, a 175-foot Ferris wheel on a pier that extends into the Potomac River.
The Walt Disney Company had announced that it would build a new resort hotel at National Harbor, but backed out of the project in November 2011. An MGM-branded casino is expected to open at National Harbor in 2016, following voters' approval of an expansion to the state's gambling program in the November 2012 elections. The MGM resort is planned to have a 300-room hotel, a 135,000-square-foot (12,500 m2) casino, stores, a spa, restaurants, a 1,200-seat theater, a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) convention area, and a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) parking garage. In addition, on November 29, 2012, ground was broken for a Tanger Outlets shopping facility at National Harbor, which opened in November 2013.