Washington DC Romantic Getaway

Romantic locations for having destination weddings, honeymoon, celebrating anniversary, babymoon or just escaping from everyday life

Enjoy your Washington DC romantic getaway with flair. Washington DC is one of our favorite place for a romantic getaway almost anytime of the year. The cheery trees blossom in spring (March - April) and the fall is great to enjoy popular fall foliage.


Peak foliage viewing is usually in mid-to-late October, lasting on into early November at lower elevations. In the winter there are many free museums, art galleries and entertainment venues to visit.

Certain hotels offer a little something special for couples getting away from it all.

Private and intimate help define romantic accommodations - When traveling as a couple check out our selection of hotels to help you make sure that your trip is enchanting, passionate and romantic.


Here is our report on romantic places to visit and Best panoramic views in Washington -- we provide suggestions for romantic picnic / lunch and sightseeing combination. Also we note the best Fall Foliage viewing spots.

Washington DC has some of the most romantic locations for having destination weddings, honeymoon, celebrating anniversary, babymoon or just escaping from everyday life.

For spots for romantic wedding locations in Washington scroll to the bottom of the page.

Romantic things to do on a Washington DC romantic getaway ... Here is a list of our favorite things to do and see in Washington.

The Mall is the central point of most visits to Washington -- is the area with Constitution Avenue to the North, Independence Avenue to the South, 3rd Street to the East and 14th Street to the West.

Tour the National Monuments and Memorials on your Washington DC Romantic Getaway

Our favorite was The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool The memorial is an iconic place and the view from the steps toward the Mall is breathtaking. Try to be there for the sunset for great views over the reflecting pool toward the Washington Monument.


Take an elevator to the top of The Washington Monument ( this obelisk is the tallest structure in the Nation's Capital and towers 555 feet above the National Mall).The Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street, opens at 8:30 A.M. for distribution of free, same day, timed tickets on a first come first serve basis. During the spring and summer, tickets run out quickly and the line for tickets forms as early as 7:00 A.M.

Best Foliage Viewing Spot on a Washington DC Romantic Getaway:

The 5000 trees on DC's famous mall also make this a good spot for a lunch break. Picnicking is also allowed in most areas of the Mall (with some exceptions).

Visit Museums -- and grab a lunch at one of the National Museum of the American Indian or National Gallery of Art.


National Gallery of Art's Cafe of the East Building serves dishes themed on the newest exhibit.

On the first day we had lunch at the cafeteria of the National Museum of the American Indian. Yes I know it sounds not very romantic and we were not expecting too much either. However we were proven wrong as the food was of high quality and creative -- just make sure to grab a table next to the window with a view of the active creek bed flowing below. The museum’s diverse wetlands area—and the ducks, squirrels, and dragonflies that make it their home—represent the original Chesapeake Bay environment prior to European settlement.

The Mitsitam Café features authentic Native foods found throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso America and the Great Plains. Each of the five food stations depict regional lifeways related to cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavors found in both traditional and contemporary dishes.

The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., is located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. Its worth a visit on a Washington DC romantic getaway.


If you are looking for some culture and politics on your Washington DC romantic getaway then Tour the 3 Houses of Government.

U.S. Capitol Building Highlights

Rotunda, Frescs by Constantino Brumidi, Paintings by John Trumbull and Visit to the House of Chambers. Great views of the Mall.

U.S. Supreme Court Highlights

Bronze entrance doors, Plaza sculpture, Busts of chief justices, Film and exhibits on Court history and the court in session.

The White House Washington DC romantic getaway Highlights

Jacqueline Kennedy's Rose Garden, Abraham Lincoln -George P.A. Healy, French and English gilded silver, East Room, George Washington - Gilbert Stuart.


The presidents house holds an impressive display of decorative arts from the Sheraton, French and American Empire, Queen Anne and Federal periods. There are carved Carrara marble mantals, Bohemian cut-glass chandeliers and Turkish Hereke carpets.

Washington DC romantic getaway: The Tidal Basin is a partially man-made inlet adjacent to the Potomac River. It is part of West Potomac Park and is surrounded by the Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.


Cherry trees line the walk way around the basin and give way to great picture taking opportunities of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. The famous sakura (Japanese cherry trees) of Washington line the Tidal Basin and are the main attraction at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in early spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom.

The explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms happens in late March or early April. The thousands of cherry trees are spectacular in the fall as well.

Washington DC Romantic Getaway:

The Bishop's Garden at Washington National Cathedral is modeled on the medieval walled gardens of Europe and Britain and includes a gazebo-like, Shadow House.


This gem of a garden at contains two herb gardens, a rose garden, two perennial borders, a Shadow House and winding stone paths.

Enter the garden by a twelfth century Norman arch and enjoy the scents and sights of herbs, boxwood, magnolia trees and tea roses on your Washington DC romantic getaway.

Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.


Tour and Tea, combines a tour of the Cathedral with an elegant tea ( the traditional mid-afternoon meal typically eaten between 3 pm and 5 pm) on most Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in the St. Paul Room of south tower. Views from the tower are magnificent.

Reservations can be made using an online reservation system at www.tea.cathedral.org or by calling (202) 537-8993. the reservationist can be emailed at: misbister@cathedral.org

Washington DC romantic getaway: Take a walk through Georgetown or along the C & O Canal.

Take a river cruise on the Potomac leaving from Washington Harbour in Georgetown. See the main sights of the Capitol with fall colors. Or you can rent your own canoe or kayak nearby, in front of the Kennedy Center, and explore the beaches and coves of Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Walk the side streets of Georgetown or stroll along the Potomac. This is a good idea almost any time of the year but especially in the fall. The Potomac river and the C&O Canal are the Main Streets of fall foliage viewing.

While in Georgetown on your Washington DC romantic getaway try Dean and Deluca for all your picnic needs. This upscale grocery store carries the finest fruit, chocolate, cheese and a dazzling array of gourmet prepared foods. This grocer highlights regional specialties, such as rockfish and Maryland-style crabcakes made from the morning’s catch from the Chesapeake Bay. Locally grown, organic vegetables such as heirloom tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, fresh herbs, fingerling potatoes...

Georgetown Store
3276 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Sightseeing and Romantic Picnic Spots on a Washington DC romantic getaway

Washington, is a city full of public spaces and offers many romantic spots for picnics. The best is to combine a romantic picnic with excursions

Try the grassy expanses in Dupont Circle a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center commemorating Samuel Francis du Pont. It's located in a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of Washington, DC's finest museums, historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and private art galleries. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, DC’s nightlife.

Enjoy a romantic picnic at Rock Creek Park with fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and the ebb and flow of Rock Creek emanating the delicate aura of the forest.

There are meadows, and benches next to bridges and waterfalls. The Boulder Bridge is also a great spot for pictures. And the Carter Barron Amphitheatre offers concerts and Shakespearean theater during the summer months.

Rock Creek Park makes available 2 downloadable, self-guided tours of historic Fort Stevens and Battleground National Cemetery. Or visit the Old Stone House at 3051 M Street, NW in Georgetown, directly across from the Barnes and Noble bookstore.

These files may be downloaded from the Rock Creek Park website at www.nps.gov/rocr/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm.

Best Foliage Viewing Spots on your Washington DC romantic getaway:

Ridge Trail reaches the highest point in the park, on Glover Road near the Nature Center. Closer to the creek, foliage views are best along Beach Drive.

Washington DC romantic getaway: Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Located just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the plantation rests on the banks of the Potomac River.

Visitors are invited to tour the Mansion house and more than a dozen outbuildings including the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse. Stroll four different gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, a four-acre working farm that includes a re-creation of Washington's 16-sided treading barn. George and Martha Washington rest in peace in the tomb where wreathlaying ceremonies are held daily, and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground is nearby.

Best views on a Washington DC romantic getaway

Sky Terrace, Hotel Washington

Is a nice place to get a couple of drinks and enjoy a spectacular view of the Pentagon and the DC skyline at night. It's romantic early in the evening, but best dine somewhere else the food is horrible -- expensive, bland, and small portions.

Top Floor, Newseum
is one of the newest and best museums. With a great open terrace and scenic view of Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Ave it's a great destination on a Washington DC romantic getaway.

Washington Monument
This obelisk is the tallest structure in the Nation's Capital and towers 555 feet above the National Mall)

Romantic Places to Stay in Washington DC

Check out some Washington DC Hotel Deals on a Washington DC romantic getaway

Sometimes hotels have special rates and packages just for two and usually offer special welcome amenities and turndown services, reservations and activities for Washington DC romantic getaway, and room accommodations above and beyond a standard guest room.

Washington DC romantic getaway: The Hay-Adams

Looking like a mansion on the outside and an English country house on the inside. This historic property is located right accross the street from the White House and has unobstructed views of the White House, Lafayette Park, and St. John's Church. Ask for a room on the south side.

The Hay-Adams

Their romance packages a night tour in your private sedan and deluxe goodies basket to share while you experience the dramatic beauty of Washington at night.

Washington DC romantic getaway: Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. - a Kimpton Hotel

This sophisticated, stylish, warm and inviting hotel was Built in 1839 and has rooms with vaulted ceilings and timeless furnishings around a landscaped courtyard.

The classic beauty and inviting ambiance of the Hotel Monaco offer an alluring backdrop for a Washington DC romantic getaway.

Washington DC romantic getaway Special Packages:

Enjoy a leisurely and romantic night in a National Historic Landmark, featuring deluxe accommodations for two.

▪ His & her in-room body massages (25 minutes each)
▪ A drawn bath with essential oils
▪ Aromatherapy candles
▪ Herbal tea

Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. - a Kimpton Hotel

Check out more romantic getaways at Washington DC Hotel Deals

Romantic wedding locations in Washington

Rock Creek Park Wedding

Special Use Permits are issued for small wedding ceremonies ONLY and for three different locations in the Park - Old Stone House (garden area only), Montrose Park and Meridian Hill.

The Park does not allow WEDDING RECEPTIONS and Rock Creek Park only provides the site for weddings.

If you have any questions, please call the Special Park Uses Ranger at 202-895-6012.

The Hay-Adams Hotel -- In addition to a luxurious honeymoon suite as part of your wedding package you get the capital's most renowned florists, photographers and entertainers ensure that every aspect of your wedding day is perfect.

ph: (202) 638-6600

Washington DC romantic getaway -- Elope at the Poplar Springs Inn with a wedding package that includes the ceremony, champagne, romantic dinner for two in an intimate private dining room and a spa package for the following day.

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