Local Attractions

Make your trip to TAGC 2024 a memorable experience. You can enjoy National Harbor or take a short trip into Washington, DC via rideshare or public transportation. With all the nation’s capital has to offer, you’re sure to find something you love, whether it’s a new cuisine, a free museum, or a new (or renewed) interest in American history.

National Harbor

National Harbor offers a campus-like setting with restaurants and entertainment just a short walk, bike ride, or bus ride away.

Many restaurants and attractions are walking distance from the hotel, and for those a little farther away, there is the National Harbor Circulator bus that is free for attendees staying at the conference venue.

Grab a bike from the Capital Bikeshare or take a walk down the tree-lined streets to visit any of the attractions that make National Harbor a great destination for TAGC.


Attendees will be free during meal times to explore all that the Gaylord Hotel and National Harbor has to offer. If you want to stick around and chat, stop by the Potomac District Café & Market to grab a quick bite while meeting up with colleagues in the exhibit hall. The Market has everything you might need for a quick bite: breakfast bagels, soups and sandwiches, pizza, salads, and dessert.

In addition to the restaurants available at Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, you can choose from more than 40 dining options within walking distance of the venue. Some of the options include casual American, Indian street food, American fast food, Italian fine dining, and an assortment of other contemporary restaurants. After dinner, you have your choice of ice cream, frozen yogurt, Belgian waffles, and more.


TAGC 2024 coincides with the very beginning of Cherry Blossom season in Washington, DC, which is the perfect time to take in all that National Harbor has to offer. Whether it’s riding the Capitol Ferris Wheel, taking a water taxi tour, or just walking or biking along the Potomac waterfront, there are plenty of ways to relax and view the early blossoms.

On top of that, National Harbor has an impressive array of activities and nightlife for every person and every interest. Whether it’s a team outing to Top Golf, a drink with old friends at an Irish pub or paint bar, or a brunch or dinner with newfound colleagues at Succotash, a restaurant run by a James Beard Award Winner, you’ll find exactly what you need within walking distance or a short shuttle trip away. 

Want to venture a little further out? Take advantage of the variety of tours offered by Old Town Trolley Tours/Trusted Tours & Attractions of Washington, DC. Conference attendees will get a 20% discount by using the code TAGC24! Most tours depart from the Washington Welcome Center (1001 E Street NW) or any Old Town Trolley boarding location. The Monuments by Moonlight Tour departs from the Gaylord daily at 5:40 p.m. Be sure to book your seat online in advance. The Gaylord concierge, located in the hotel lobby, can provide you with additional information.

Washington, DC

For those who don’t mind a short trip, Washington, DC is a treasure trove of culinary hotspots waiting to be explored. To get there, you can call a taxi or rideshare, take the water taxi, or ride the NH1 or NH2 buses to the nearest DC Metro station (King Street-Old Town Station or Southern Station). 


Below are a few places that the GSA staff enjoys for brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks:

And if you’d prefer to try something else, here are a few lists of DC’s best restaurants:


With a short trip into the city with a taxi, rideshare, or public transit, you’ll have access to more world-class museums, entertainment venues, and nightlife than you could experience in only one week. To help guide your choices, we’ve included a list of some amazing experiences in Washington, DC.


Just on the other side of the Potomac, Alexandria offers a smaller city for people looking to visit somewhere close to National Harbor, but still experience the amenities of the Washington, DC metro area. To get to Alexandria, you can take a taxi or rideshare or ride the NH2 metro bus. Once in Alexandria, all buses are free including the King Street Trolley and Old Town Circulator, offering great access to a vibrant community.


Why say anything when the restaurants in town speak for themselves? With stunning waterfront dining, restaurants built into 200-year-old buildings, and a restaurant named after pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace, there is an abundance of unique places to dine during your time at TAGC.


While you’re in Alexandria, be sure to visit the cobblestone streets of Old Town. Take a walk down the King Street mile which has the largest collection of independent boutiques in the DC Metro area. Find a postcard to send to a loved one or a souvenir or keepsake to remember your time. If shopping isn’t your speed, there are a number of other things to do while visiting Alexandria, like biking the Mount Vernon Trail, checking out local architecture like the Spite House, and going on a ghost tour.