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National Harbor

National Harbor has 3,000 hotel rooms -- and plenty are waterfront. The biggest is the Gaylord National (tel. 301/965-2000; www.gaylordhotels.com), a mini-version of its Opryland in Nashville, with 2,000 rooms and a convention center. The Westin National Harbor (tel. 301/567-3999; www.starwoodhotels.com/westin) has some of the best views, as it sits right on the waterfront. Cool, sophisticated rooms highlight Aloft (tel. 301/749-9000; www.aloftnationalharbor.com). There are also a Marriott Residence Inn (tel. 301/749-4755; www.marriott.com/residenceinn) and Hampton Inn and Suites (tel. 301/567-3531; www.hamptoninn.hilton.com).

National Harbor has restaurants for just about every taste. Most are chains, including the upscale Ketchup (tel. 301/749-7099), Aston Kutcher's place; McCormick and Schmick's (tel. 301/567-6224); and the casual Elevation Burger (tel. 301/749-4014). Grace's Mandarin (tel. 301/839-3788) is the only local entry here.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.