Tidal Basin: Whether you’re strolling hand in hand around the pathway or peddling foot to foot in a rented paddleboat, the Tidal Basin offers a serene setting for you and yours. You’ll also have direct access to the Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials. Photo by Kate Warren
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The Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral: Your admiration for each other will abound while you both admire the beautiful architecture of the National Cathedral and its majestic gardens.
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Pictured: Evening on the National Mall
Grab a seat on the National Mall: Stroll from the tree-lined pathways next to the Reflecting Pool or near the Washington Monument and plop down on the lawn of the National Mall for some QT. (Photo credit: Mariana Oliveira)- Photo by Mariana Oliveira
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Pictured: Entrance to FDR Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: Set along the Tidal Basin, the FDR Memorial’s design includes waterfalls and natural elements along with a unique glimpse of history. It's also the only memorial to include a statue of the First Lady. Take a queue and remember to always honor your love.
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Pictured: Lincoln Memorial by moonlight
Lincoln Memorial: The Lincoln Memorial is even more breathtaking by night. It doesn't get any more romantic than sitting on the upper steps at moonlight (or hurrying for cover from an unexpected rainshower). (Photo credit: Alyona Vogelmann)- Photo by Alyona Vogelmann
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The Kennedy Center: A date night at DC’s famous performing arts center is always a must. Be sure to step out during intermission and admire the dazzling cityscape from the Kennedy Center’s wrap-around terrace. Photo by Victoria Pickering
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Pictured: Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink: Grab your mittens and your sweetie as you ice skate in the middle of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Afterwards, make a beeline for hot chocolate and cookies at the on-site Pavilion Café.
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Canal Park Ice Rink: DC’s up-and-coming Capitol Riverfront neighborhood features a fab ice skating track, perfect for making figure eights with your date. Enjoy a couples skate and then dine at Park Tavern, which overlooks this neighborhood attraction.
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Pictured: Jefferson Memorial through the cherry blossoms
Jefferson Memorial: Overlooking the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is a perfect place to sit, reflect - and whisper three things you love about your companion. It is also a top spot for proposals, in case you were thinking of popping the question.
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C&O Canal: Use your one-of-a-kind charm on your date as you walk (or bike) along the C&O Canal in Georgetown. Stop off for a sweet treat at Baked & Wired cafe or a game of bocce at Pinstripes. Photo by Doug Sonders
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Table #67 at DC Coast: The secluded table at this DC establishment overlooks 14th and K Streets, and is ideal for canoodling couples. Seal the deal with your date with course offerings including Chesapeake oysters, smoked lobster and a meal-capping soufflé.
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Rock Creek Park: Walk, jog or bike with your love through the rustic expanse of 2,100 acres surrounding Rock Creek. The historic park also includes attractions such as Peirce Mill and The Old Stone House as well as a nature center, riding stables, tennis courts, a golf course, picnic areas and playing fields.
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Pictured: Capitol columns at the National Arboretum
National Arboretum: Grow even more in love with a trip to the National Arboretum, a 446-acre living museum brimming with gardens, cherry blossom trees, as well as the original columns of the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo credit: Michael Bentley, Flickr user)- Photo by Michael Bentley, Flickr user
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Pictured: P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge & Terrace
P.O.V. Lounge, Rooftop of W Hotel: This chic, newly renovated rooftop spot is a beacon for Casanovas and the like. Sip some bubbly and pass the hors d’oeuvres while taking in awe-inspiring views of the National Mall and White House.
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Pictured: Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall
Moongate Garden: Inspired by the gardens and architecture of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, The Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Moongate Garden provides a serene scene for an afternoon stroll with your other half.
Ritz-Carlton Georgetown: Set up camp by the fireside with your babe in this crazy-sexy-cozy Georgetown hotel lobby. Grab cocktails from the Degrees Bistro and settle in for a long winter's night.
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Pictured: Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks: The beautiful, serene and quiet gardens at Dumbarton Oaks are just a few minutes stroll from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown proper. On a winter date, chart a course through the European designed garden to locate the ornaments and inscriptions. (Photo credit: Fletcher6, Flickr user)- Photo by Fletcher6
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Washington Harbour: Wake up with the one you love for a sunrise walk through Washington Harbour. Sip on hot coffee and munch on fresh-baked bread from the newly-opened Farmers Fishers Bakers while looking out over the Potomac River. Or, if you're feeling spry, lace up a pair of ice skates and glide hand-in-hand on the Washington Harbour Ice Rink.
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Pictured: National Gallery of Art East Building
National Gallery of Art: With its luscious Impressionist masterworks by iconic artists such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas, it’s easy to get dreamy while spending the day at the National Gallery of Art.
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Pictured: DC War Memorial
DC War Memorial: Nestled in a clearing among trees along the flank of the Mall (beyond the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial) sits the elusive DC War Memorial. Dedicated to the WWI veterans of Washington, DC, the domed temple serves as a romantic hideaway. (Photo credit: Adam Fagen, Flickr user)- Photo by Adam Fagen, Flickr user
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Pictured: Newly restored interior of the Howard Theater
The Howard Theatre: Newly restored to its former glory, The Howard Theatre (which helped launch the careers of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes) is the perfect place to get your groove back.- Photo by Tim Cooper
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930 Club: Take in the sweet sounds of live music with your sweetheart at the 9:30 Club on 815 V Street NW. The music venue has made DC cool since its opening in 1980, catering to national acts. Photo by Doug Sonders
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Pictured: Key Bridge at Sunset
Old Key Bridge: Sitting next to the Key Bridge that connects Georgetown to Arlington, Va., the Old Key Bridge offers a gorgeous, elevated view of the Potomac River. It is also one of the best spots in DC for watching the sunset – we’re sure your honey will agree.- Photo by Oblivious Dude via Flickr
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Pictured: U.S. Botanic Gardens
U.S. Botanic Garden: Love is always blooming in the luscious U.S. Botanic Garden’s conservatory.
Hillwood Estate: The expansive estate and gardens of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post offers select “Serene Sundays” perfect for snuggling up with your sweetie as you stroll the gardens and take in the museum’s lavish treasures.- Photo by Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens
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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Walk side by side through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and come face to face with the Spanish-language version of Robert Indiana’s iconic ‘LOVE’ sculpture. Photo by Marquis Perkins