Room Blocks and National Harbor Details

Get all the information you need to enjoy your trip to the National Harbor for commencement. We hope to see you there!

Hotel room

Join us at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center where you and your guests will receive a discounted rate.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
You may also call 877-491-0468 (and mention American Public University System). The university rate is $211/night plus taxes and resort fees for a standard room from May 8-12. The room block cutoff date is April 16, 2024 or when they reach capacity, whichever comes first.


Exterior of the Gaylord

Take a virtual tour of the Gaylord, located directly on the Potomac River just minutes away from downtown Washington, D.C. Experience fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and a 20,000 square foot spa and fitness center, along with a rooftop lounge for evening entertainment.

National Harbor

The National Harbor is a place to stay, work, and play. Shop top brands and local boutiques, satisfy the families appetite with more than 40 restaurants, visit attractions for all ages, and you will have access to downtown Washington, D.C. from two piers. View more information about local area attractions and how to make the most out of your stay.

The Gaylord is located eight miles north of Washington, D.C. and is accessible from I-495 and I-295. It may not register on GPS, so please consult the most current driving directions.


Gaylord National is just a 15-minute drive from Reagan National Airport (DCA) and a 45-minute drive from both Dulles Airport(IAD) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Shuttle and car service are available from either airport to the hotel; Hertz is a Gaylord Hotels preferred partner for car rentals. Please click here for more details on transportation options.

Metro Bus

The Gaylord National Resort is not directly connected to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority by the METRO rail system, but is accessible by the METRO bus system. For bus schedules, route maps and current prices, please visit the WMATA website.

Taxi & Uber

Taxi, UBER, and Lyft services are available to any location in and around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Water Taxi

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers regular water taxi service from the Gaylord National’s pier to points in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact them online.


Parking is available in the hotel parking garage and guests of the Gaylord will receive a $5 discount off the daily self-parking rate. Additional parking is available in the harbor.