Best Places to Propose in Washington, DC

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If you are getting ready to propose then one of your first questions is likely – where are the best places to propose in DC? Washington, D.C. offers some amazing backdrops and romantic settings that are perfect for when you are ready to pop the question. Here’s a guide to help you plan the perfect proposal in DC.

Proposal Locations in DC

1. The National Mall

The National Mall is a classic choice for a proposal. You have major landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Reflecting Pool, where you can find a picturesque spot that suits your style. Early mornings or late evenings are heavily suggested to avoid tons of tourists and note that some locations may require a permit.

2. Tidal Basin

A natural beauty, the Tidal Basin is perfect, especially during Cherry Blossom season. The blooming cherry trees create a romantic ambiance that’s hard to beat. You could also try a paddleboat ride or propose at the Jefferson Memorial for a truly enchanting experience.

3. Georgetown Waterfront

DC has many waterfronts and the Georgetown Waterfront offers a scenic view of the Potomac River and the iconic Key Bridge. You can enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on the water or take a romantic stroll on the boardwalk before finding the perfect moment to propose.

4. U.S. National Arboretum

Another great location that is in tune with nature, the U.S. National Arboretum provides a serene setting with beautiful gardens and the famous National Capitol Columns. Perfect area if you are looking for a private and intimate proposal.

5. Rooftop Bars

Along with the Nation’s Capital, DC is also the brunch capital! Home to many amazing brunch spots and rooftop bars that offer stunning city views. Consider proposing at sunset at a place like Top of the Gate at the Watergate Hotel, where you can enjoy 360-views of the Potomac River.

DC Proposal Planning Services

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