Speaking of the Jefferson Memorial, it’s the ideal place to grab a seat, chat it up and look out over the Tidal Basin – especially at sunset and cherry blossom season.
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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 by Mariana Oliveira
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Pictured: Entrance to FDR 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
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 by Alyona Vogelmann
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A date night at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a must, but be sure to step out during intermission and admire the dazzling cityscape from the the wrap-around terrace. Or, keep the Kennedy Center in your sights with a walk along the Georgetown waterfront.-Photo by Victoria Pickering
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Pictured: Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
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 (reopening in February).
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DC’s lively Capitol Riverfront neighborhood features the Canal Park Ice RInk, which is perfect for making figure eights with your date. Fill up on some more ice afterward with a trip to Ice Cream Jubilee.
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Pictured: Jefferson Memorial through the cherry blossoms
Okay, I know we've mentioned 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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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 game of bocce or bowling at Pinstripes.-Photo by Doug Sonders
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Fuel up for a memorable, marathon talk with a cup of piping hot coffee at any number of neighborhood cafes, from The Wydown Coffee Bar (pictured) on 14th Street. Shaw, U Street, Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill and Eastern Market are also great neighborhoods with coffee shops, among others.
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Walk, jog or bike with your love through the rustic expanse of 2,100 acres that comprise Rock Creek Park. 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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Watch your love grow like a tree 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. One of the most romantic ways to see the Arboretum is during a full moon hike. -Photo by Michael Bentley via Flickr
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.
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Set up camp by the fireside with your babe in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C., with its crazy-sexy-cozy hotel lobby. Grab cocktails from Quadrant and settle in for a long winter's night.
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Pictured: 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 by Fletcher6 via Flickr- Photo by Fletcher6
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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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 by Adam Fagen via Flickr
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Pictured: Newly restored interior of the Howard Theater
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 on.- Photo by Tim Cooper
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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
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
Grab a seat at The Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. If you’re ready to reenact the noodle scene in Lady and the Tramp, we highly recommend ordering pasta at Osteria Morini, which overlooks the Anacostia River.
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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
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Pictured: Japanese Garden at Hillwood Estate
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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As one of the nation’s most walking-friendly cities, there’s no shortage of romantic strolls you can take in DC.