Destination guide

A waterfront escape on the Potomac

Perched on the mighty Potomac River, just 20 minutes by car from the heart of Washington, DC, National Harbor is a gleamingly modern waterfront community, and a compelling choice for an action-packed weekend getaway. Whatever your idea of a good time may be, you'll be spoiled for choice here, with cavernous casinos, sleek shopping centers, awe-inspiring art installations, and irresistible gourmet restaurants. And that's before you've factored in the glimmering harbor itself, where you can enjoy active pursuits while taking in jaw-dropping views of the DC skyline. National Harbor vacation rentals range from slick studios to luxurious family-sized condos, so you're sure to find one to suit.

Activities

Shopping around in National Harbor

Shopping is a serious pastime in National Harbor, with bargain-hunters flocking from far and wide to Tanger Outlets throughout the year. At this sprawling center you can buy dazzling designer fashion, cool sportswear, luxury cosmetics, and much more besides, all at vastly reduced prices. The local dining scene is similarly sensational, with waterfront eateries serving everything from American comfort food classics to elegant pan-Asian cuisine. And no visit to National Harbor is complete without a spot of downtime on the river. Jump on a boat bound for the awe-inspiring Washington Monument, or splurge on a decadent dinner cruise and eat, drink and dance the evening away.

Weather

Vivid seasons in National Harbor

National Harbor enjoys a varied climate, ensuring that no 2 visits are quite the same. National Harbor vacation rentals are in particularly high demand in summer, when the weather is typically very warm, with plenty of sunshine. Humidity can be high at times, but this is often alleviated by rainfall and thunder storms. Winters tend to be chilly rather than bracingly cold, with light snowfall often occurring between December and February. Spring and fall are great times to visit, with mild weather, and fewer out-of-towners competing for sought-after accommodation.

Natural features

Heavenly hikes around National Harbor

National Harbor is conveniently close to the bright lights of the nation's capital, but it's equally easy to escape to a world of unspoiled nature. Around 30 minutes away by car, Piscataway Park is a tranquil expanse of fragrant forests, lush meadows, and tidal wetlands. Amble along any of its easy-to-follow hiking trails, and you may catch sight of darting deer, playful beavers, or bushy-tailed foxes. The park is also a haven for birders, with majestic osprey and bald eagles often to be spotted circling overhead.

Transport

How to get to and around National Harbor

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into College Park, MD (CGS), which is 13.8 mi (22.3 km) away.

Where to stay around National Harbor?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 90 vacation rentals near National Harbor. From 55 Condos/Apartments to 7 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near National Harbor for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to National Harbor?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in National Harbor:

  • Georgetown: 1,114 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 602 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 518 vacation rentals
  • Capitol Hill: 527 vacation rentals
  • Crystal City: 56 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in National Harbor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 55 Condos/Apartments in National Harbor. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in National Harbor include:

  • Houses: 7 rentals available
  • Villas: 3 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in National Harbor?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 66 vacation rentals with pool available in National Harbor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.