5 Romantic Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary in Washington, D.C.

Romantic couple having a picnic by the Potomac River

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Plan to celebrate your anniversary in Washington, D.C. but putting together the perfect day, evening or getaway. You can make that milestone memorable by choosing the right place to stay and finding unique things to do that can only be experienced in D.C. The nation's capital has stunning historic buildings and monuments (many lighted at night), impressive luxury hotels, some offering romance packages, and cozy places in quaint neighborhoods where you can get away for a special day or evening.  

So to start, do some pre-planning and, if you are surprising your special someone, give them a card with the itinerary or tickets enclosed, perhaps accompanied by a small romantic gift for the outing. 

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Stay in a Luxury Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC
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Plan a romantic weekend stay in Washington, D.C. in a hotel that makes you feel pampered. You don't have to travel far to find a wide range of activities. From walking and touring attractions like the Smithsonian sculpture garden to a couples massages at a full-service spa, you'll find many fun ways to spend time together.

There are many unique hotels right in the city that are conveniently located near the district's best museums, restaurants, and live entertainment. The Fairfax at Embassy Row, for example, is a boutique hotel on a tree-shaded avenue near high-end boutiques, and excellent restaurants. 

The Willard International Hotel has been a central gathering place for elegant dinners, meetings and gala social events for more than 150 years. The historic luxury hotel is a Washington institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce in 1853. 

Many romantic hotels in D.C. have fine dining at the hotel and some have an on-site spa. Boutique hotels offer intimacy and personalized service and luxury hotels will pamper you with amenities and luxe rooms.

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Dine at a Romantic Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Plume at The Jefferson, Washington DC
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The nation's capital is a great destination for dining and there are a number of restaurants that offer both outstanding food and a romantic setting. Some of the best restaurants to celebrate an anniversary can be found in the nation's capital and a reservation may be a necessity. 

Plume, located in The Jefferson, boasts a special couple's space known as “The Nest.” Marcel's, an elegant French-Belgian restaurant, offers a multi-course fixed-price menu by award-winning chef Robert Wiedmaier. 

If you want to combine a bit of sightseeing or shopping combined with a nice dinner, consider a quaint neighborhood like Georgetown for walking, exploring and dining. 1789 Restaurant, in Georgetown, is housed in a Federal period residential building and features six dining rooms that are beautifully decorated with American antiques and classic maps and prints.

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See a Show or Attend a Concert in Washington, D.C.

The National Symphony Orchestra performs at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
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Washington, D.C., is home to a wide variety of performing arts venues ranging from large stages such as the Kennedy Center to small black box experimental theaters. You'll find plenty of places to enjoy Broadway musicals, contemporary plays, concerts, opera, and dinner theaters. 

The history lover will enjoy the National Theater, a 1,676-seat Federal-style theater. It's the oldest playhouse in the United States and has operated in the same location since 1835. Historic Ford's Theater, where President Lincoln was assassinated, houses a museum on the lower level. A variety of performances still take place at the theater. 

The capital city attracts performers ranging from internationally renowned pop stars to local musical groups. You can enjoy live performances of jazz, pop, rock and roll, opera, classical music, and more.

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Visit the Memorials by Moonlight in Washington, D.C.

Couple sitting at night, at the World War II Memorial on the Mall with Lincoln Memorial at right.
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Visiting the national memorials in Washington, D.C., at night is magical and memorable. Enjoy great views of the city and see some of the country's most important landmarks. You can visit them on your own or take the Old Town Trolley Monuments by Moonlight tour or D.C. After Dark tour to hear entertaining stories about the monuments and federal buildings in the capital. Sights that are particularly impressive at night include the Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.

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Make a Toast on a Rooftop Bar in Washington, D.C.

POV at W hotel, Washington DC
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What's more romantic than enjoying a special occasion with a scenic vista? Fall in love all over again at one of the capital's rooftop bars that offer a wonderful way to enjoy the ambiance of the city. With a craft cocktail in hand look out over downtown D.C., or oversee the new waterfront area. Dine at The Rooftop at Dupont Circle and you'll get access to the neighborhood's only rooftop pool and bar. 

In historic Georgetown, enjoy sweeping views of the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, and the skyline of Rosslyn, Virginia as you sip your cocktail on The Graham Georgetown's 3,000-square-foot rooftop.

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