National Harbor, Prince George's County, Md.

Distance from Baltimore: 44 miles, about a one-hour drive Why it's worth the gas: It's the potential site for an MGM Resort Casino, so why not visit it before the crowds descend in full force. Right now, the waterfront complex offers restaurants, shopping, marina, hotels, farmer's market and more. Within the next year, the National Children's Museum will open its facility here. Don't miss: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The hotel features a 19-story atrium with indoor gardens and some 2,000 guest rooms. At Christmas, the hotel offers special events that create an indoor winter wonderland. Information: Go to
Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun
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