One of the main reasons why I got interested to visit the National Harbor is to get up close with the Capital Wheel, - the harbor's newest iconic attraction.
I don't have plans on getting up into the wheel since I have fear of heights, but I was able to acquire some facts about the Capital Wheel.
The wheel has a climate-controlled gondolas that can seat 8 people in each. It can hold a total of 336 passengers and is 180 feet tall.
At the top of the Observation Wheel is a bird's eye view of the Washington Monument, US Capitol including Alexandria and Prince George's County which can be seen from a distance. Other visible sights include the White House, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and the lush parklands of the DC-MD-Virginia regions.
The wheel recently had its debut in May 2014 and set to operate year-round which is a good chance to see the four-seasons changing from a bird's eye-view! ;)