The Capital Wheel at National Harbor


You’ll feel like you’re sitting on top of the world when you experience National Harbor’s newest iconic attraction, The Capital Wheel!

As you soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, you will marvel at the incomparable views. Sights visible include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, City of Alexandria, Prince George’s County and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.


With its 42-closed, climate-controlled gondolas each seating eight, The Capital Wheel will operate year-round, so you can take in the changing seasons from a bird’s eye view! The Capital Wheel will be available for a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck, whose team will provide creative seasonal concessions.

Set to debut in May 2014, The Capital Wheel is destined to be the newest world-class icon of the National Capital area, just like its counterparts in other U.S. cities and around the globe. You’ll want to be among the first to experience this eagerly-awaited addition to National Harbor – a sophisticated yet family-friendly adventure for all ages.

Pier Daytime


Fun Facts About The Capital Wheel:


  • Size: 180 Feet Tall (diameter of wheel is 165 feet)
  • Visible from the Top of the Observation Wheel: Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Alexandria, Prince George’s County
  • Number of Climate-Controlled Gondolas: 42 (including 1 VIP Gondola)
  • Maximum Number of Passengers: 336 (8 per Gondola)
  • Price (estimated): $15 per ride (VIP Gondola will cost more)
  • Hours of Operation (estimated): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round
  • Ride Speed: 1.5 rotations per minute
  • Lighting: 1.6 million LED lights, fully programmable, with a spectrum of 16.7 million colors
  • Concessions: Wolfgang Puck Catering will operate concessions, and the Observation Wheel will be available for private party rental.
  • Other Cities with Observation Wheels: London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.
  • Manufacturer: Chance Rides, Wichita, Kansas
  • Architect: Brown Craig Turner, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Construction Manager / General Contractor: Cianbro
  • Scheduled Opening Date: May 2014


Watch how we build it:


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See our progress in time-lapse form here.

Media Inquires:


Stephanie Orton Lynch
VP, Communications | Delucchi Plus
202.248.5855 | slynch@delucchiplus.com

Angela Sweeney
VP, Corporate Marketing & Communications | The Peterson Companies
443.691.2957 | asweeney@petersoncos.com




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