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[quote]The Capital Wheel is a tremendous addition to the National Harbor waterfront and will open on May 23, 2014.” — Peterson Companies Principal and Chairman Milt Peterson[/quote]

National Harbor, MD, USA — The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is poised to become a must-see destination when it opens to the public on Friday, May 23rd in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Soaring 180-feet above the Potomac River, The Capital Wheel will join a roster of large-scale observation wheels around the globe.


The Capital Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The VIP gondola, National Harbor One, seats four passengers and features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. The remaining 41 gondolas accommodate up to eight passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views of the National Mall, White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and beyond.

To celebrate the iconic addition to the Washington, D.C., skyline, The Capital Wheel will have extended operating hours this summer. From May 2014 to August 2014 The Capital Wheel is open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.


“With its spectacular views of the Potomac River and Nation’s Capital, family-friendly appeal and first of its kind technology – including LED lighting with a stunning spectrum of 16 million colors – The Wheel solidifies National Harbor’s reputation as a can’t-miss destination for visitors of all ages and interests,” said Peterson Companies Principal and Chairman Milt Peterson.

Creative seasonal concessions from Wolfgang Puck Catering will be available beside the 180-foot-tall observation wheel on National Harbor’s pier. The Capital Wheel will host a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck Catering. The entire pier can be rented for a special private event.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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