Couple on the National Mall looking at the Lincoln Memorial - Most romantic spots and landmarks in Washington, DC
The nation’s capital has a wealth of scenic arched bridges, waterfront walks and majestic landmarks that all add up to one seriously romantic city.
There's no denying that Washington, DC is a romantic city. It’s built on not one, but two rivers, the Potomac and Anacostia, has no shortage of iconic architecture and regularly ranks atop the country’s most walkable cities. What does all that mean? There’s endless possibilities for romantic strolls and dazzling sights in this 68-square-mile city.
The nation's capital really is the capital of romance, where the date possibilities are seemingly infinite. Discover DC’s most romantic spots and do date night right.
For some QT with your cutie, grab a seat on the National Mall and take in the world around you while gazing at DC's famous monuments and memorials.
The Lincoln Memorial is breathtaking at night. Lead your sweetheart up the stairs for a moment that will surely go down in history.
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Couple taking selfie on Kennedy Center Terrace - Romantic spots in Washington, DC
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 you can also keep the Kennedy Center in your sights with a walk along the Georgetown waterfront.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Couple walking along theGeorgetown Waterfront - Romantic spots in Washington, DC
Use your one-of-a-kind charm on your date as you walk through historic Georgetown. The beauty of the neighborhood's waterfront, cobblestone sidewalks and grand homes will draw you and that special someone further into this picturesque area.
U.S. National Arboretum
CityCenterDC's Palmer Alley
Rock Creek Park
Couple in Rock Creek Park - Free Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC
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.
POV Rooftop and Lounge at the W Hotel - Rooftop Bar With Great Views of Washington, DC Skyline
The chic POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace at the W Hotel serves as a beacon for cupids, 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.
National Gallery of Art
Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC
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.
District of Columbia War Memorial
Nestled in a clearing among trees along the flank of the Mall (beyond the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial) sits the elusive District of Columbia War Memorial. The domed temple serves as a romantic hideaway and is one of the few sites on the National Mall where you can get married.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
If you’re looking for more of a social atmosphere, Dupont Circle is especially woo-worthy (and people-watching friendly).The gorgeous fountain serves as the epicenter of one of DC’s most exciting neighborhoods, with a surrounding plaza that frequently features locals playing chess or lounging on benches.
The Phillips Collection
On the Potomac River
The Watergate Steps
Drop some knowledge on your honey at the Watergate Steps, which look out over the Potomac River. These steps were first created as a way to welcome foreign dignitaries and heads of state, and now they welcome in-the-know romantics.
Meridian Hill Park
Couple at Meridian Hill Park - Romantic Spots in Washington, DC
Stop by Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, and marvel at the longest cascading fountain in North America. Also, keep an eye out for the Joan of Arc statue, the only equestrian statue of a woman in the city.
Make a dash for the Spanish Steps, located on 22nd Street in Dupont Circle. This little lovers nook is a prime picnic spot and off-the-radar gem.
Alright, now that you’ve got the most romantic spots sorted out, you’ve laid the groundwork for a great date. For more ideas to woo your boo, check out how to do date night right in Washington, DC.