National Harbor Top Ten: Explore, Dream, Discover, April 3-6, 2024

July 24, 2023 by AACD Executive Office

"National Harbor is an ideal destination for individuals, couples, and families. Located along the Potomac River on 350 acres, the waterfront development holds more than 160 shops, 40 restaurants and eight hotels, as well as multiple entertainment venues and options for water-focused adventures."

From shopping to dining to nightlife, National Harbor, MD, has everything you need to make your next AACD Scientific Session getaway a great one. Whether you want to hang at the hotel and relax in the spa, or explore the DC area and Old Town Alexandria, this beautiful Chesapeake Bay location truly has something for everyone. 

  1. Gaylord National Resort provides a cool atrium, family events, and Relache Spa, as well as numerous dining options to create the best conference backdrop you can imagine.

  2. Don't forget to check out one, two, or all of the more than 40 trendy restaurants that make National Harbor a foodie paradise.

  3. A fabulous marina makes National Harbor a waterfront destination like no other. Take a water taxi to Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, or the wharf.

  4. Shop 'til you drop at the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor, a family-friendly shopper's paradise.

  5. Fleet Street entertainment district is the place to soak in the National nightlife with dueling pianos, mechanical bulls, and tons of bars, clubs, and restaurants that will keep you going all night.

  6. Feeling lucky? Take a gamble at the MGM National Harbor, where you will find the East Coast's premiere gaming floor.

  7. If you want to explore another side of esthetics, check out the Art Collection at Spirit Park for an inspirational and patriotic art installation.

  8. Stroll along the Promenade for unique shops and boutiques. And grab some Ben and Jerry's while you're there!

  9. History buffs can check out National Colonial Farm, a trip back in time to a historic farm museum tour through dwellings and gardens. 

  10. Continue your history lesson at Mount Vernon, George Washington's historic estate, including gardens, tombs, a distillery, and a museum. 

On top of spending time with your peers, networking, and learning from the industry's top educators, AACD 2024 National Harbor will allow you a chance to relax, kick back, and have fun. 


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