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National Harbor is just 15 minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C. and Old Town Alexandria, VA. A town within a town, you’ll find more than 30 restaurants and 40 retailers for every kind of shopper. And best of all? It’s all perched right on the sparkling Potomac River. You’ll find the riverside views—particularly the spectacular sunsets—relaxing after your busy day. Take an interactive walkthrough of the official Forum hotel, the Gaylord National.
So much of aerospace begins and ends in the Washington, DC area—beginning with Congress and ending at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museums. The area is home to NASA Headquarters, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Naval Sea Systems Command, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and the Pentagon. It's home to the headquarters of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Aurora Flight Sciences, with scores of aerospace company branches located here as well. It's also home to some of the finest young minds in aerospace, at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Catholic University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Naval Academy. You'll find the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and everything in between at the Smithsonian's two Air and Space Museums. And a bit off the beaten path, the little-known but delightful College Park Aviation Museum—located on the grounds of the world's oldest continuously operating airport—is just a hop, skip, and a jump from National Harbor.