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Washington DC’s Most Romantic Spots

Whether you’re looking for a casual hideaway to snuggle with a blanket and cup of coffee or you’re in search of the ideal place to pop the question, Washington, DC, has the spot to suit your mood. Winter is the best time of year to admire the architectural landmarks of the capital city. Bare tree branches and fewer crowds make the city’s monuments, bridges and buildings even more prominent as you stroll the sidewalks. If you’re looking for a romantic backdrop, check out these stunning selections.

The gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown provide year-round joy with plants blooming every season. Meandering paths and benches tucked among trees and shrubs divide the sprawling property into intimate spaces to enjoy each other’s company. Check the Dumbarton Oaks website for detailed maps and a schedule of what’s in bloom.

Inside the newly restored Howard Theatre, you’ll feel your heart race with music and romance. Catch a jazz, gospel or blues show in the circa 1910 venue that helped launch the careers of such superstars as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole.

Both of you will stand in awe at the Washington National Cathedral. Tour the Cathedral on your own or participate in one of the guided tours. The reverence of the building and its history encourages you to be still and reflect. Fifty-nine acres surround the Cathedral, including Olmsted Woods, one of the few old-growth forests remaining in the DC area.

The capital city’s monuments and memorials are beautiful during the day, but they’re even more striking at night. Sit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gaze across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument. The lesser-known DC War Memorial, along the edge of the National Mall, has a domed temple that’s intimate and photogenic.

After a day of sightseeing, dine fireside at the 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown. The renovated Federal-style house is timeless. Enjoy a glass from the extensive wine list and finish the evening with a decadent slice of dessert.

For more about these romantic date night spots and a list of others throughout Washington, DC, click here.