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10 Romantic Things to Do in Washington D.C.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but there are many romantic things to do in Washington D.C. year-round.

Check out the list below for ideas for wooing your special someone, whether your Washington D.C. travel is for a romantic getaway or you live in-town and want to treat a special date.

  1. Enjoy the serenity of the Tidal Basin, the reservoir between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. The Tidal Basin is home to the famous Cherry Blossom Festival each spring, but there’s plenty to do year-round. Ride in a paddle boat, check out the Japanese pagoda, and visit the Martin Luther King, Jr., Jefferson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials. (Bonus: The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial includes waterfalls and other natural elements. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!)
  2. Have a garden picnic. Mother Nature offers plenty of beauty and romance at Washington’s gardens. Two local favorites are the Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral and The National Arboretum. Bring lunch and a picnic blanket, then enjoy the beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees.
  3. Experience free art. Visit the National Gallery of Art for everything from Greek sculpture to modern art and photography. (Bonus: be sure to check out the romantic Art Sculpture Garden.) If galleries are more your style, head to Dupont Circle on the First Friday of each month, when galleries stay open late and offer free wine and snacks.
  4. Hit the park. All Washington D.C. travel should include a park! The city has a lot of great outdoor spaces, and Rock Creek Park is one of our favorites. In addition to 2,100 acres to explore, there’s a nature center, picnic area, horseback riding, golf, tennis courts, and the historic Peirce Mill.
  5. Go stargazing. While you’re at Rock Creek Park, check out the free planetarium in the nature center. There are programs on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  6. Stroll or bike along the canal. The towpath along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal runs 184.5 miles between Georgetown and Cumberland, Maryland. It’s a popular place for walking, jogging, and biking.
  7. Watch the sun set. Head to the historic Old Key Bridge in Georgetown for spectacular views of the Potomac and the setting sun.
  8. Relax on the terrace at the Kennedy Center. Whether you’re at the Center for a performance or stopping in for a romantic drink, the terrace offers amazing views out over the river.
  9. Soak up some luxury. Visit Hillwood, a historic Georgian mansion and museum in northwest D.C. You can tour the mansion, view an extensive art collection, and walk in the gardens or surrounding woodlands.
  10. Ride The Capital Wheel. Romance your date while enjoying a birds-eye view of the Potomac waterfront from The Capital Wheel at National Harbor. Located less than 15 minutes from D.C., National Harbor also has 150 shops, 30 restaurants, kayak and paddleboard rentals and more, so there’s something for everyone.

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What are some of your favorite romantic spots in Washington D.C.? Please let us know in the comments!

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