10. The American Way Art Exhibit
Oxon Hill is full of beautiful sculptures. To those feeling particularly patriotic, the streets adjacent to the Gaylord host recreations of American historical figures including George Washington, Marilyn Monroe, Louis Armstrong, Henry Ford, and many others.
9. Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar
Tickets range from $7 to $20 for an evening of fantastic live music.
8. Potomac Riverboat Water Taxi
If you’re planning to head into Old Town Alexandria for a night stroll or some ice cream, the water taxi is a fun, scenic way to get some fresh air after sitting through conference sessions.
7. The Capital Wheel
Okay okay, so this one might be a little more basic than the rest, but the ferris wheel gives you a beautiful view of the city! It makes a great place for a romantic evening, fun treat for the kids, or even an experience to share with friends.
From the riverside shops and boutiques to the Tanger outlets which can be reached via free shuttle, shopping in National Harbor is a great way to take a break. Just don’t break the bank too much!
5. Get to Know the Journos
After hitting up media row at the conference and connecting with your favorite journalists, it never hurts for you and a group of friends to ask them to dinner or, if you’re over 21, maybe grab a drink. The journos are just regular people, and often willing to invest in the younger generations.
4. Big Apple Circus
The show will be in town until March 24 with tickets starting at $15.
3. Steal the Declaration of Independence
This might be a slight stretch given the distance from National Harbor, but if you get ambitious, going full Nicholas Cage is never a bad idea!
2. Vast Array of Parties, Luncheons, and Other Similar Gatherings
Sometimes these are invitation only, sometimes you have to know someone to get in, but sometimes you can just walk right into events and end up with some free food. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open!
1.… and if you happen to get kicked out, finding a quiet place to hang out and talk with friends is sometimes the best thing to do anyway. The Gaylord has plenty of space in the lower floors for sitting around, and any hotel room with a willing host can give you some of the best talks with the greatest people you will remember.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.