Image Credit: Nathan Jones\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNational Harbor is a city chock-full of entertainment options when you have downtime on your vacation or business trip to Alexandria and DC. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore while in National Harbor:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAn Entertainment Destination: MGM National Harbor\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHit the casino floor at the MGM for poker, slots, and game tables. After your bets, check out The Theater. It has a 3,000 person seating capacity and state of the art lighting and sound for notable performers such as ZZ Top and Joe Bonamassa. With numerous gaming and event options, the MGM National Harbor is the perfect entertainment stop while you’re in town.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nShop Your Heart Out at the Tanger Outlets\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMore than 75 stores make up the incredible shopping experience you’ll find in the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor. Some of the stores we enjoy taking a stroll through include:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tOld Navy Outlet – Everyday wear comes at great prices in this outlet store. Keep an eye on their page for current deals.\r\n\tAuntie Anne’s – Shopping can leave you famished, so stop in for a pretzel to keep your energy up.\r\n\tFamous Footwear Outlet – The whole family can find their perfect shoes here. Options range from casual & athletic to dress for kids, women, and men.\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nFun Events to Attend in National Harbor in 2019\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWhile you’re in the area checking out the MGM National Harbor and the Tanger Outlets, don’t miss these fun and community-inspired events:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tPotomac River Cleanup at National Harbor – Participate in a community day to support a clean environment at the Potomac River. This year’s last cleanup is being held on Saturday, September 14 from 9 AM to 11 AM.\r\n\tSummer Fridays at National Harbor – Enjoy games of cornhole, giant Jenga, and more with the family while listening to great tunes from the DJ every Friday until September 27 at the Plaza.\r\n\tDCHA 5K Run – On September 28 from 9 AM to 12 PM, run in this 5K to support the DC Housing Authority in their goal to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need this year.\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSelecting a hotel for visiting National Harbor in 2019\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIf you’re going to be in Alexandria and National Harbor for the incredible events and shopping opportunities, it’s important you have a dependable place to stay. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir you can enjoy the free Express Start® hot breakfast to get your day started, a complimentary local shuttle to get you traveling, and competitive rates on each night of your stay.\r\n\r\nCheck out our DC Shopping Package to see how you can earn a gift card and Tanger Outlets coupon book when you stay with us. Come see why so many visitors to the Alexandria and DC region stay with us to get the most out of their time in the capital.