No doubt about it, there's a tourist version of Washington, D.C.. In fact, business travelers and families usually arrive armed with a busy sightseeing agenda, but, little known fact, it can also be a very romantic and relaxing destination.
Couples making the trip will have no trouble finding hidden treasures that provide picture perfect moments, quiet time away from crowds toting selfie sticks, while still taking in views of familiar sites, albeit from a slightly different vantage point. For instance, how about an after dinner walk that combines both history and romance?
Start at the Washington Monument At Dusk
As the sun starts to set the Washington Monument is a spectacular and romantic treat. Golden hour comes and brings with it fewer crowds and is one of the best moments to stand at its base. You can capture the Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial off in the distance as the setting sun casts a rosy glow on the white marble of both iconic places.
Take in A Rarely Seen Sight at the Lincoln Memorial
As the sun continues to set, make your way past the illuminated fountains at the World War II Memorial and head to the Lincoln Memorial. Climb past the throngs of tourists on the steps of the front of the Memorial, pay your homage to Mr. Lincoln, and then head back out and around either side. You can sit behind the Lincoln Memorial and soak in the view of cars passing over the 14th Street Bridge with Arlington National Cemetery in the background.
Be sure to dangle your legs over the edge! It's the perfect place to prolong a great date a little bit longer while relishing the fact that this out of the way spot at one of the most visited monuments is something most tourists never take time to see.
Pause by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and off to the left you'll find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. During the day, the black granite gleams in the sunlight, but when the sun dips below the horizon, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial takes on a different appearance. Lit from above, the lights cast a warm glow on the 58,000 names of service members who gave their lives during the war along with flowers, photos, and framed remembrances that gather at the Wall's base throughout the day.
Ever wonder what happens to the many tributes left to honor those who served in Vietnam? Turns out, the National Park Service collects them each night and some are catalogued to become part of a permanent collection.
Romantic Rest-stop at POV at the W Hotel
Before retiring for the night, keep walking left across the Ellipse to POV on the 11th floor of the W Hotel on 15th Street. One might think the best view in Washington, D.C. would come from atop the Washington Monument, but POV's glass windows provide a sweeping view of the roofs of the White House, Ellipse, and Washington Monument. It's a romantic spot to enjoy a nightcap and a view of the city!
Extend the Date at the Arlington National Cemetery and Memorial Amphitheatre
If you have an extra day to spend in Washington, D.C., consider crossing the border into Virginia to visit Arlington National Cemetery. It might not seem like the most romantic place in the world, but its hallowed grounds provide a rare chance for peace and quiet that you just won't find at other monuments. Paying respects means quietly walking along paths that mark graves of those who have served in our country as you make your way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the changing of the guard. After the changing of the guard, some choose to linger on the steps watching the uniformed soldier take calculated steps back and forth, but if you find yourself needing some time away from the crowds, head around back to Memorial Amphitheater where the architectural wonder's columns and rows inspire awe, moments of silence, reflection, and maybe just a touch of romance.
So round up the person you want to get romantic with and head over to the nation's capital. Getting to know some amazing history with the person you love is a wonderful way to spend a few days.