The 10 Most Romantic Spots in Washington, DC

The 10 Most Romantic Spots in Washington, DC

Between hordes of tourists and bewigged Ben Franklin lookalikes running around, Washington, DC, might not be the first place you think of when trying to get in touch with your inner romantic. But spots for clandestine candlelit dinners and midnight strolls abound — you just have to know where to go. After all, Ben Franklin was known as quite the ladies’ man in his day. So take a cue from ol’ Ben and sweep your sweetie off his or her feet with a visit to one of these utterly romantic spots in and around DC.

10. Bishop’s Garden, National Cathedral

“A space of peace set apart forever from the rush of the everyday world.” That’s how Florence Bratenahl, wife of the Dean of the Cathedral during the early 1900s, described the Bishop’s Garden at DC’s magnificent National Cathedral. Filled with lush florals, brick-lined paths, and medieval sculptures, the gardens here are the perfect place to stroll the day away hand-in-hand with your date. The garden’s visual delights are matched by its olfactory ones; stop by the Hortulus, or “little garden,” to take a sniff of fragrant 19th-century herbs and flowers. Saunter into the Olmsted Woods, a five-acre old growth forest on the Cathedral grounds, to steal a kiss among the privacy offered by towering oak and beech trees.

Bishop's Garden, Washington

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