Great Dates: Where to Pop the Question

By: Gwendolyn Purdom

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In a city of monuments and museums, you and your one and only have plenty of options for making your own history. Here are some of the most romantic places to pop the question.

Bishop’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-537-6200). This walled garden is both intimate and grand next to the soaring cathedral. Try getting down on bended knee when the church bells are rung (7 pm Tuesday, 12:30 pm Saturday and Sunday).

Boardwalk in Old Town Alexandria. A waterfront stroll with a view of the capital skyline. Art lovers might first stop at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 N. Union St., Alexandria; 703-838-4565).

Georgetown waterfront. Twinkling lights, fountains, and shimmering water set the mood. Afterward, drinks in the glassed-in dining room at Sequoia (3000 K St., NW; 202-944-4200) can be nice.

Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo; 301-634-2222). Playful couples will find vintage charm in the former amusement park’s retro atmosphere, including an antique carousel (operational May through September).

Gravelly Point Park (off the northbound lanes of George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington; 703-289-2500). Couples can get a close-up view of Reagan National Airport’s departures and arrivals under a blanket in this park, which also offers an expansive view of DC.

Jefferson Memorial or Lincoln Memorial. A monumental occasion calls for a monumental setting.

Kennedy Center (2700 F St., NW; 202-467-4600). After a show, step onto the terrace for views of the Potomac River and Georgetown.

Martin’s Tavern (1264 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-7370). Legend has it that JFK popped the question to Jacqueline Bouvier in booth number three at this Georgetown eatery.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna; 703-255-3631) Seasonal foliage such as hollies and Lenten roses can be seen in the winter, and you can escape the cold inside the tropical glass atrium.

Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St., SE). About once a month, the baseball stadium broadcasts a marriage proposal live on the big screen. E-mail production@nationals.com for more information.

POV (515 15th St., NW; 202-661-2400). The trendy rooftop bar and restaurant at the W Hotel offers one of the best views of the monuments and the White House.