10 Best Places to Propose in Washington D.C. (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



Washington D.C. is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for waterfronts, beaches, gardens, parks or good food and wine, there’s a beautiful spot to create a lifetime of memories. But where, exactly, should that most important question be asked? This guide describes some of the best places in Washington D.C. to ask that special woman or man.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic Locations in Washington D.C. For Outdoor Lovers
  • Tidal Basin
  • Georgetown Waterfront Park
  • The Wharf
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island
  • Kennedy Center Rooftop Terrace
  • Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
  • National Arboretum
  • Romantic Destinations in Washington D.C.
  • Meridian Hill Park
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Inn at Little Washington
  • 1789 Restaurant
  • Best places to Propose in Washington D.C.

Romantic Locations in Washington D.C for Outdoor Lovers


1. Tidal Basin

This iconic location is famous for its cherry blossom trees and stunning views of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. During the cherry blossom season in spring, the Tidal Basin becomes a particularly enchanting backdrop for a proposal.


2. Georgetown Waterfront Park

Located along the Potomac River, Georgetown Waterfront Park offers a charming and romantic setting for a proposal. Take a stroll along the waterfront, find a scenic spot by the river, or consider a private boat ride for a memorable moment.


3. The Wharf

The Wharf is a vibrant waterfront neighborhood along the Potomac River, featuring a variety of restaurants, shops, and a lively atmosphere. Consider proposing during a romantic stroll along the waterfront or at one of the scenic overlooks.

4. Theodore Roosevelt Island

This secluded island sanctuary in the Potomac River provides a tranquil and natural setting for a proposal. Explore the walking trails and find a serene spot with views of the river to create an intimate and memorable moment.

5. Kennedy Center Rooftop Terrace

The Kennedy Center is a renowned performing arts venue, and its rooftop terrace provides stunning views of the Potomac River, the Watergate complex, and the cityscape. Consider proposing against this backdrop of beauty and culture.


6. Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Located in the Georgetown neighborhood, Dumbarton Oaks Gardens is a hidden gem with enchanting landscapes, winding paths, and beautiful garden settings. Find a secluded spot within the gardens for a romantic and intimate proposal.


7. National Arboretum

This sprawling botanical garden provides a serene and picturesque setting for a proposal. Explore the various gardens and find a secluded spot among the colorful flowers or by the columns of the National Capitol Columns for a unique and romantic setting.


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Romantic Destinations in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.is full of romantic parks, and restaurants. These are some especially romantic locations for a proposal over a glass of wine, a spectacular garden, or at a beautiful restaurant.


8. Meridian Hill Park

Located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, Meridian Hill Park features cascading fountains, lush greenery, and stunning views of the city. Find a secluded spot on the park's terraced steps or near the serene reflecting pool to propose amidst the park's beauty.


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9. The Inn at Little Washington

Located in a charming small town just outside of D.C., this Michelin three-star restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience in a luxurious and romantic setting. The elegant ambiance and world-class cuisine make it an ideal place for a special proposal.

10. 1789 Restaurant

Housed in a historic Federal-style townhouse in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant exudes old-world charm and elegance. The cozy and intimate dining rooms, complemented by a menu featuring American cuisine, provide a romantic atmosphere for a proposal.

Best Places to Propose in Washington D.C

Whatever you and your soon-to-be fiance or fiancee enjoy, Washington D.C. has beautiful and memorable places to propose. Make one of these romantic locations your special place by proposing with the perfect vintage engagement ring.



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Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.
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