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Valentine’s Day is coming up and if you’re planning on traveling here during that time, then it’s definitely worth refreshing yourself on DC’s best date spots. From the city’s most romantic restaurants, to a number of quintessential DC landmarks, these are some of our favorite ones.

The Washington Harbour

The Washington Harbour is a riverside development in Georgetown that’s comprised of a number of shops and upscale restaurants like Farmers Fishers Bakers and Fiola Mare. In the winter, it’s also home to an outdoor ice skating rink, making for an easy, romantic post-dinner activity.

Romantic Restaurants

Regarded as one of the best restaurant cities in the country, Washington, DC has a choice collection of romantic restaurants to bring a date to. Check out our most highly recommended of these establishments in this post, an discover gems serving up the best Italian food, steak, and French cuisine in town.

Any of The Smithsonian Outposts

There are a lot of us out there who will gladly trade a candlelit dinner for something that’s stimulating for the mind and soul. Taking a date to any of the Smithsonian museums is affordable, often free, and truly one-of-a-kind. Get to know one another while walking below historic aircrafts at the National Air and Space Museum, or by dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History.

The United States Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden is an interesting and treasured destination on The National Mall. In the dead of winter, take your Valentine’s date here—an indoor destination that fills your breath with life, and brings you back to the nature that’s frozen over all around you. It’s also a nice place for walking and talking in a vibrant atmosphere.

Capitol Hill’s Best Secret Bar

There’s something sexy about a well kept secret, which is why Capitol Hill speakeasy Harold Black has kept its reputation under wraps since opening in 2012. To learn how to find and take a date to this bar hidden behind a wall, check out our post on the romantic hideaway.