The Capital Wheel to open for Memorial Day


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2014_05_capwheel The Capital Wheel opens Memorial Day weekend (PRNewsFoto/National Harbor)

Who needs a Duck Boat or a double-decker bus when one can see the sights of Washington, D.C., in a climate-controlled, glass-floored gondola 180 feet above the Potomac River, all while your wine stays cool in a built-in chiller?

The Capital Wheel will begin spinning at National Harbor on May 23, just in time for Memorial Day visitors.

“The Capital Wheel is a tremendous addition to the National Harbor waterfront,” said Milt Peterson, principal and chairman of Peterson Companies, which developed National Harbor. “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.”

Not all of the wheel’s 42 cars come with wine buckets and a DVD player — just the $50 per person VIP unit named National Harbor One — but each 8-passenger gondola has panoramic city views giving riders a peak at the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol and the National Mall.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $11.25 for children 11 and younger.


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