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Right at the doorstep of the inspiring science of TACG 2020, attendees can enjoy National Harbor, a “waterfront playground” just a 30-minute drive away from Washington, DC—the heart of American politics and one of the most exciting cities in the nation, full of world-class restaurants, entertainment, and attractions.

Restaurants

In addition to the restaurants available at Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, attendees can choose from more than 40 dining options within walking distance of the TAGC 2020 venue, from fast food to grocery stores to high-end dining. Some of the options include:

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill
Attendees looking for the most flavor for the least amount of cash will appreciate Mezah’s extensive, customizable menu. It’s also a great spot to find vegetarian and vegan options.

Granite City Brewery
In addition to its own craft beers, this chain offers a large menu of classic American fare such as burgers, wings, salads, and much more.

Grace’s Mandarin
At this upscale Pan-Asian eatery, guests will be wowed by the waterfront views and whimsical, modern design.

Learn about more of the extensive dining options near the conference center here.  

For those who don’t mind a short drive, Washington, DC is a treasure trove of culinary hotspots waiting to be explored:

The Oval Room
Politicos won’t want to miss indulging in a meal at The Oval, a known favorite of members of Congress and lobbyists. Located near the White House, this refined restaurant offers traditional steakhouse fare with an upscale twist.

Ben’s Chili Bowl
A true American classic, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a mainstay of the DC food scene since 1958. Even Barack Obama visited the humble but beloved restaurant for a famous “chilli half-smoke” just 10 days before his 2009 inauguration.

For a broader list of delicious eats ranging from high-end to hole-in-the-wall, check out this guide to DC restaurants that are worth a special trip.

Entertainment and nightlife

Potomac Riverboat Company
While you could take a taxi or an Uber from National Harbor to DC, why miss a chance to enjoy some scenic views on the way? The Potomac Riverboat Company runs a Wharf Water Taxi network offering roundtrip service between National Harbor and popular DC neighborhoods. The company also offers designated sightseeing tours of landmarks like Mount Vernon and the national monuments.

Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar
Bobby McKey’s is an ideal spot for those looking for an entertaining and unique night out in National Harbor. One reviewer raved that the experience became the “buzz of the conference” she attended.

Nationals Park
Sports fans can take advantage of the nearby Nationals Park, home of DC’s Major League Baseball team. Groups of 13 or more are eligible for discounted tickets and special benefits, making the park a great option for a team outing.

Attractions

The Capital Wheel
From 180 feet above the Potomac River aboard the Capital Wheel, attendees will experience striking views of the National Cathedral, Washington Monument, City of Alexandria, and Prince George’s County. It’s a great way to sightsee without ever having to leave National Harbor.

Cherry blossoms
Though DC’s famous cherry blossoms usually hit their peak in early April, there will likely be blooms left to enjoy while TAGC is in town. Take a ride up to the city to see one of its most iconic and photo-worthy sights.

Historical & political landmarks
No trip to the DC area is complete without visits to iconic landmarks such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Any one of these sights alone is worth the short drive from National Harbor!

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