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New Ferris wheel to overlook D.C. from Md.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Maryland's National Harbor is adding a new 175-foot Ferris wheel with views of the nation's capital and Potomac River, similar to the London Eye and other large-scale observation wheels around the world.

Rendering courtesy: Brown Craig Turner Architects + Designers

This wheel will be the latest attraction at the Harbor, joining the recently opened Tanger Outlet Mall and the $900 million MGM casino set to open in 2016.

Developers announced Thursday that the 17-story Capital Wheel will debut in May. It will be based at the end of a pier overlooking the river with views of the Capitol, National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Unlike a regular Ferris wheel, visitors will ride in a covered compartment as the wheel slowly spins around, giving you a chance to see the area sights. However, not everyone we spoke with likes the idea of adding a big wheel to the changing D.C. skyline.

The $15 million attraction will include 42 gondolas with sound systems, heating and air conditioning. Planners say it will operate year round and will attract 600,000 to 800,000 visitors each year.

Ferris wheels are named for the engineer who built the first one for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The Capital Wheel is being built in Wichita, Kan.

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