Romantic Destinations in Washington DC

Romance and politics seem to go hand in hand so why not head to Washington D.C. for a romantic escape with your loved one?

National Mall

The National Mall and Memorial Parks is known for its national monuments and memorials which include the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But beyond the historical significance the national mall is incredibly beautiful with a tidal basin, 2,000 American elms, 3,000 Japanese cherry trees, 35 ornamental pools and fountains, 170 flower beds and several museums. It’s the perfect destination for a couple who wants to spend a leisurely day strolling through the beautiful mall, enjoying the history and significance of the area.

Picnic in the Park

A friend of mine who lives in Washington D.C. suggests creating your own picnic at Cowgirl Creamery which has some fabulous products and a wide selection of fresh (and aged) cheeses from around the world. Then taking the picnic over to the mall area and enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park, people watching and soaking up the exciting vibrancy of our country’s capitol.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens was established by Joseph Hirshhorn who was an avid art collector who collected a massive amount of artwork during his lifetime. He bequeathed his modern art collection to the Smithsonian Institution and in 1966 an Act of Congress established the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the groundbreaking ceremony took place in 1969. Today the museum features the original Hirshhorn collection plus a number of other pieces with more than 12,000 works of art and it’s a wonderful way to spend some time with a loved one looking at beautiful creations.

The Kennedy Center

After President John F. Kennedy’s assassination the National Culture Center was redesignated as a living memorial to Kennedy and eventually grew into the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, better known as the Kennedy Center. Known for bringing some of the best performances and performers in the world to the stage, the Kennedy Center is host to more than 2000 performances annually and nearly 2 million patrons enjoy the Center’s performances. Check the schedule to see who is performing during your visit and if tickets are still available, this can be a big event and exciting part of a romantic evening for two.

Potomac River Lunch Cruise

See the city from a different perspective aboard a Potomac River lunch cruise. The luxury ships give you a feeling of comfort and relaxation as you snuggle into your seats and see the sites while enjoying fresh appetizers, entrees and desserts and a cocktail or two. It’s a much calmer experience for those looking to catch the sites of Washington D.C. than fighting the hoards at the monuments themselves and you can’t beat the luxury of the cruise.

D.C. After Dark

The monuments in Washington D.C. are striking during the daytime but almost eerily beautiful at night. Each one lit to optimally take advantage of its beauty with the velvety black backdrop of the night sky. Take a tour through the city to visit the most popular monuments such as the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and others. The three hour tour includes a number of stops and even more noted sites that you will get to experience from the tour coach. It’s a nice romantic way to wrap up an incredible day.

Fine Dining in Washington D.C.

The dining scene in Washington D.C. has really changed over the last few years. The shift has been towards more fine dining establishments and high end restaurants and the results have been remarkable. Washington D.C. has become a dining destination and some world class chefs have decided to establish signature restaurants in the city. For a couple looking for romance there are a number of restaurants to select from that offer almost every fare you can imagine in a variety of atmospheres, something for every couple.

Day Spa

Not that you have to go to Washington D.C. to enjoy a day spa, but it is a great way to distress after a long day of sightseeing. Look for a spa that has the same perspective that you have and one that offers a complete couple experience so you and your loved one can enjoy the soothing relaxation of a massage together. It’s quite a bonding experience and one you’ll never forget.

Georgetown Park

Georgetown Park is a great area for people who really enjoy shopping with nationally noted stores combined with one of a kind boutiques. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone and a day full of shopping excitement. But as with all good shopping centers today, there is so much more than just shopping at Georgetown Park. Explore the entire region to see what dining and entertainment option really tickles your fancy and then go wild and enjoy your day with your loved one.

The Inn at Little Washington

If you’re looking for the most romantic place to stay during your trip to Washington D.C. then The Inn at Little Washington has to be at the very top of the list. Owned by Chef Patrick O’Connell, it’s pretty clear that the restaurant is spectacular and you’ll walk away knowing that you’ve experienced one of the best meals you’ll ever have. But it’s not all about the food. The Bed and Breakfast is impeccable and is the very high end of romance offering stunning views, luxurious furnishings, a comfortable and idyllic surrounding and all the peace, quite and private time you could ever desire.

Roman Grinev is a Washington DC Wedding Photographer, who has been photographing weddings for the past 12 years. His studio is environmentally friendly and carbon neutral.
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