Giant Observation Wheel Planned for National Harbor

Visitors to the National Harbor could soon get a bird's eye view of some of D.C.'s most loved sites.

Developers say the Capital Wheel at National Harbor will send riders soaring 175-feet over the Potomac River waterfront, offering views of the Washington Monument, White House, Arlington County and other D.C. attractions.

With an expected opening of May 2014, the Capital Wheel is modeled after observation wheels in other cities like the London Eye. 

Spokesperson Stephanie Lynch said each of the wheel's 42-closed gondolas is the "size of a small car" and will seat eight people. She adds the size and shape of gondolas attached to observation wheels differentiate them from the traditional bucket-style seat Ferris wheels have.

The site's developer plans to include 1.6 million lights that will illuminate the wheel at night.The Capital Wheel is being built in Wichita, Kan.

The Capital Wheel would also be available for private party rental.

The Capital Wheel would be open year-round from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at a cost of $15 per ride. Planners say it will attract 600,000 to 800,000 visitors each year.

National Harbor is already home to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Tanger Outlets and National Children’s Museum. Recently, MGM Resorts International won a casino license to build a $925 million casino.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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