Couple walking through town together at night, smiling

The nation’s capital is an incredibly romantic spot, whether you’re meeting up on a first date or taking a trip with your longtime partner. Check out our recommendations below for tips on the ten most romantic spots in DC:

Spanish Steps

You’ll think you’ve wandered into Rome when you come across this set of Spanish Steps near DC’s tony Dupont Circle neighborhood. The European-style stone terrace is one of DC’s best-kept secrets and a great place to steal a moment with a loved one.

Meridian Hill Park

Just steps away from nightlife hotspot on U Street lies the tranquil Meridian Hill Park, home to a cascading water fountain and a number of concrete benches. This is a great location to spend a day relaxing before a night on the town.

2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20008

A Kayak on the Potomac River

Rent a boat for two at Georgetown’s Boathouse and set sail on the blue waters of the Potomac, where you can take in stunning views of the city.

The Tidal Basin

Enjoy a sunset walk across DC’s Tidal Basin, where you can take in the Jefferson Memorial and walk through the soft pink shade of DC’s cherry blossoms. On colder nights, you can share a mug of hot cocoa as you take in the vista of American history.

Dumbarton Oaks

Spend the day exploring the sprawling, verdant gardens of this gorgeous Georgetown estate. Our vote for the best spot to share with your sweetheart definitely goes to the Rose Garden, which has over nine hundred red, white, and yellow blossoms of its namesake flower.

1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 339-6401

Chez Billy Sud

This Georgetown oasis is located a stone’s throw from the main M Street thoroughfare, but it might as well be a world away. Enjoy a glass of red at neighboring wine spot Bar a Vins before retreating for dinner in the Provencal restaurant’s European-style courtyard.

1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-2606

National Arboretum

Take a mini-vacation to the tropics with a visit to DC’s National Arboretum, where you can take in palm trees and mangroves. You’ll feel like you’re on honeymoon—only without any of the lost luggage airport fiascos.

3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726

Kennedy Center Terrace

Get to this famous theater venue a half-hour before your event to relax with a drink or two outside. Before the start of the ballet show, orchestra performance, or musical you’re watching, enjoy a glass of champagne under the stars and look out on the sprawling city.

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8555

Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden

This magical butterfly sanctuary is a dreamy location perfect for nature-adoring lovebirds. You’ll be surrounded by live butterflies and tropical plants in what feels like an enchanted garden made for two.

9th Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20050
(202) 633-2220

Washington National Cathedral Gardens

Situated next to the Gothic National Cathedral, the stunning Bishop’s Garden is especially gorgeous in spring, when the grounds’ multicolored flowers are in full bloom. Bring a picnic lunch and sit on a nearby bench.

Pilgrim Rd, Washington, DC 20016