MGM National Harbor: Washington DC’s Newest Playground

The recently opened MGM Resort Hotel and Casino at National Harbor in Maryland provides both residents and visitors to Washington, DC a new and exciting place to experience. Most people don’t exactly come to the nation’s capital to indulge on a lavish spa day; or try their hand on a game of blackjack. The allure of the MGM National Harbor lies in its shiny exterior, its fine dining selections and the massive entertainment theatre whose lineup this year includes Cher, Chris Rock and Boyz II Men. If you haven’t been there, I highly suggest you pay a visit during your stay in Washington and experience what DC’s newest playground has to offer.

MGM National Harbor: Washington, DC’s Newest Playground

Fine Dining Experience

MGM National Harbor. Appetizer at Fish by Jose Andres
Appetizer at Fish by Jose Andres

If you’ve been to any MGM properties around the world, you’ve come to expect high caliber entertainment and culinary offerings. The MGM National Harbor is no exception. Leading the list is Fish, the newest restaurant by Michelin-star chef and Washington, DC’s own Jose Andres. Washington Post’s lead food critic Tom Sietsema named it one of the best new restaurants for 2017. To add a local touch, the resort also features a Voltaggio Brother’s Steakhouse location, whose proprietors are Maryland-born. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth cravings at Bellagio Patisserie where you can sample a variety of heavenly desserts while you marvel at its floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain display.

Brand New Entertainment Destination

Cher at The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Cher at The Theater at MGM National Harbor

The Theater at MGM National Harbor opened with a bang at the end of last year; welcoming Bruno Mars in a sold out concert. The 3,000-seat concert hall features a state of the art sound, visual and lighting that enhances your viewing experiences. It serves as one of the District’s premiere entertainment destinations, joining the ranks of The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performance Arts, and the Verizon Center. Catch a show by the legendary Cher; or indulge in the VIP lounge as you await the stand-up performance of long-time comedian Chris Rock. Even though we’re more than halfway through 2017, The Theater still has a number of exciting performances in store. So check out the calendar and plan for an exciting night out at DC’s newest entertainment destination.

World-Class Shopping

Boutique Clothing at Stiched. MGM National Harbor
Boutique Clothing at Stiched

MGM National Harbor hosts a number of boutique stores. One of them is Specs New York, a premier lenses store offering luxury eyewear; and Stitched, makers of custom made suits, shirts and shoes.  Visitors to the MGM National Harbor can also head over to Tanger Outlet, located right next door, for bargain prices on brand name labels such as Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren.

MGM National Harbor is Washington, DC’s newest playground and has everything you can possibly ask for. From the latest fine dining selections to world-class shopping, visitors to the nation’s capital can learn about history and take in a bit fun at the same time.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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