Just twelve minutes from Porto Vecchio, the Capital Wheel soars 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront at National Harbor. This world-class attraction provides spectacular views of the Washington area. Enjoy the 42 climate-controlled gondolas on a ride that lasts 12 to 15 minutes. You can see the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, National Cathedral, the National Mall, Alexandria, Arlington National Cemetery, along with parklands throughout the region. The VIP gondola accommodates 4 passengers and features a glass bottom, four leather bucket seats, wine chillers, and a retracting monitor/DVD player. The other 41 gondolas accommodate up to 8 passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views. The most spectacular views on the Capital Wheel come at sunset, but they are stunning no matter when you take the ride. When you ride at night, you'll see the wheel all lit up with a spectacular spectrum of 16 million colors, not to mention the Capitol dome, the White House, and monuments shining brightly. The Capital Wheel operates throughout the year and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This family-friendly attraction also hosts various public, corporate, and private events. The hours of operation vary seasonally so check the website before planning your visit.