Beyond gaming, shopping and eating, there are bars, nightclubs and a 3,000-seat theater where headliners such as Lionel Richie, Bruno Mars, Cher and ZZ Top have already been booked. A sculpted iron archway by legendary musician and Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan adorns one entrance, and a wall-mounted interpretation of the National Harbor created with soil dug from the resort's construction site hangs behind the check-in desk.
A signature amenity of MGM National Harbor is a conservatory that's actually 20 percent bigger than its Vegas counterpart at the Bellagio. The 15,000-square-foot showcase has three display beds, an 85-foot-tall glass atrium and will present seasonally changing botanical exhibits made from thousands of flowers and plants.
More than 150,000 flowers were used in the MGM National's inaugural "Holiday Reflections" exhibit, and all the flowers going forward will come from Melwood, a local nonprofit that employs people with disabilities.
Lucky for MGM National visitors, the resort-casino's strategic location offers lots of additional entertainment nearby.
The facility is part of the larger, 350-acre National Harbor development, which offers many shops and restaurants, movies, hotels, a carousel and a pirate ship adventure. One such attraction, the Capital Wheel, is a 189-foot observation vessel with heated and air-conditioned gondolas that offers spectacular views of the Washington Monument, the National Cathedral and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, among others.