At first blush, Washington, DC, may not appear to have a lot of romantic things to do. In fact, the capital is full of nooks to nuzzle your significant other. What's more, many of the most romantic things to do in Washington, DC, are located near the city's top attractions.
Not surprisingly, several of our top picks for romance in Washington, DC, are located along the Potomac River. Prime among them is the Jefferson Memorial, which is the highlight of an area known as the Tidal Basin. In the springtime, lovers flock to the Jefferson Memorial to admire the cherry blossoms, whose white and pink hue create a lovely ambiance. We also like Great Falls Overlook, for a little taste of Niagara Falls in DC, as well as Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria, both of which have historic harbors on the Potomac.
Of course, this is Washington, so we'd be remiss if we didn't mention some smart - but sexy - locales in our romantic round-up. Consider the romantic appeal of the National Gallery, with its Italian and French galleries, and the Library of Congress, where you can steal glances at your beloved between the stacks.
Washington D.C., District of Columbia
On Ohio Dr. SW, at the south shore of the Tidal Basin, in West Potomac Park
No visit to the Mall is complete without stopping by this monument to one of the country's best-known presidents... read more
M Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Washington's oldest neighborhood... read more
Constitution Avenue Northwest
On National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets
The premier art museum in the Nation's Capital, the National Gallery houses an extensive art collection from the world's most famous artists... read more
Independence Avenue and 7th Street South West
Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW (on the south side of the Mall)
Modern Gallery with 19th- and 20th-century artworks... read more
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Explore gardens and woodland year round... read more
5200 Glover Road Northwest
9835 Georgetown Pike
Views of Potomac River crashing 70 feet... read more
2700 F St. NW
At New Hampshire Avenue NW and Rock Creek Pkwy
101 Independence Ave. SE
At 1st St. SE
The national library offers tours, exhibits, and grand architecture... read more