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Most Romantic Places in D.C. for Valentine’s Day

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Most Romantic Places in D.C.

Despite its monumental image, there are plenty of places in the Washington D.C. area that are perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for a romantic date idea for you and your sweetheart, this list can help you figure out a memorable date night in one of America’s most culturally driven cities with one of these eight romantic places in D.C.

Jefferson Memorial

For the history buffs in town, take a stroll along the Jefferson Memorial this Valentine’s Day. The dramatic lighting used to light up the memorial at night offers a uniquely romantic spot to sweep your partner off their feet. Take a few minutes to sit upon the steps at night and look at a jaw-dropping view of the city’s lights.

Iron Gate

Located on a historic site, this restaurant was reopened by renowned chef Tony Chittum and serves high-end, artisanal Greek-inspired plates. The restaurant boasts scenic interior designs, such as giant arched doorway leading into a revamped stable. And from now until February 14th, Iron Gate will be hosting their very own tunnel of love, The Carriageway Bar.


Another beautiful and historic restaurant, Plume is Michelin-star rated concept located in the Jefferson Hotel. Share a bottle of wine with your special person during an elegant meal is this tastefully decorated atmosphere. Chef Ralf Schlegel is classically trained and provides an array of European dishes cooked to perfection. And if you’re up for a later night, stay in one of the many elaborate apartments of the Jefferson Hotel.

Odyssey Dinner Cruise

For those looking for a more unique night to remember, consider taking a dinner cruise beneath the stars. The Entertainment Cruises’ Odyssey Dinner Cruise steams along the Potomac River where you’ll be able to see some of Washington D.C.’s best sites, like the Washington Monument and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The cruise line is inspired by the romantic dinner boats in Paris that cruise along the Seine—what could be more romantic than bringing a little Parisian twist into your evening?

Nusta Spa

What’s more romantic than a couple’s massage or a relaxing spa day? Nusta is just a short drive from the main D.C. area, making it easy to get to after a day of work or over the weekend. Whether you want a massage or want to experiment with some relaxing essential oils, Nusta sets clients up with a calm vibe to make your day with your partner extra special.

Union Market

For those looking for some touristy fun, check out Union Market. The famous heart wall, created by graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash from Los Angeles in 2015 for International Women’s Day, is the perfect spot to take Valentine’s Day pictures with your partner. After your photo shoot, take some time browsing for gifts for each other in the artisan stalls and shops, complete with tasty snacks and crafty souvenirs.

Folger Theatre

Poetry lovers will fall even more in love with the classics at the Folger Shakespeare Library, located in the same complex and the Folger Theatre. This library is known for having the largest collection of Shakespeare in the world. And if you have the time, grab some tickets for Nell Gwynn, the latest production being directed by Robert Richmond.

Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art

The cold shouldn’t stop you from having some romantic time outside. Wrap up in matching outfits and visit the Sculpture Garden. Stroll among some of the city’s most prominent art pieces before heading over to the winter ice skating rink on the frozen fountain. Afterward, grab some hot chocolate and desserts from the Pavilion Cafe.


Lexi Carr

Lexi Carr

Freelance Writer

Lexi is a freelance blogger and a passionate renter. She loves change and relishes her freedom to move all over the world without the constraints of homeownership. When she’s not writing localized content, you can find her singing to her brindle Queensland blue heeler, Bruno.

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