With the balmy temperatures, couples in the nation's capital are starting to take to the streets again. Why not take advantage of the good weather to mix up your kissing routine with a few of these romantic destinations tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the City. We've also listed an intimate destination for clinching over cocktails when you want to stay in.
Meridian Hill Park, 2400 - 15th Street, NW
A gathering point for many of DC's political rallies and professional drummers, Meridian Hill Park (also known as "Malcolm X Park") may seem to be an unlikely place for romance. But, the lush grounds lined with tall oak trees draw inspiration from Renaissance villas of old. Indeed, a statue of Italian poet, Dante, stands near the eastern edge of the park. Following the City's neoclassical architectural theme, the park is situated on the hilltop at the western boundary of 16th street. Winding paths lined with shrubs lead to a waterfall with blooming water lilies in the summer months. Staircases flank either side of the waterfall rising to a terrace where a bronze statue of Joan of Arc looks out majestically from between two bowl-shaped fountains. With its panoramic views of the city, the terrace is a prime spot for a smooch but you may want to grab a kiss from your significant other as you meander along the scenic paths. Meridian Hill Park is located near the Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights neighborhoods bounded by 15th, 16th and Euclid streets and Florida Avenue NW. Although the park officially closes at midnight, park officers patrol the grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Spanish Steps, Kalorama, 22nd Street and Decatur Street, NW
Tucked away amidst Embassy Row in the swank Kalorama neighborhood, the Spanish Steps were constructed in 1911 on a slope determined to be too steep for carriages to pass. The area includes an imposing lion head fountain and is relatively secluded from the north. City planners at the time believed the quiet beauty of the place overlooking some of the embassies would instill in residents a sense of civic duty and pride. Today, the Spanish Steps are a place for couples to lounge and people-watch in between locking lips.
The Gibson, 2009 14th Street, NW
With its low lighting and candlelit decor, the Gibson, located along the U Street Corridor, evokes the glamour and ambience of a 1920s speakeasy. In addition to pouring some of the best vintage cocktails in town as well as mixing perfect martinis, this cozy space is ideal for romance. The Gibson seats only 48 total occupants at the bar, booth, and tables with no standing allowed so the setting creates intimacy without feeling crowded. The soundtrack -- a mix of 60s and reggae -- adds a further seductive note to a night of amour.
The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood between the White House and the US Capitol Building, the Newseum is one of the newer additions to DC's many attractions and still somewhat off the beaten track. The 250,000 SF museum offers a high-tech look at the past, present, and future of journalism as well as a perfect spot for intrigue. The Observation Deck on the top floor overlooks the Capitol Building and offers seclusion as well as great vistas as a backdrop to a steamy embrace.
The Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street, NW and West Potomac Park
After the tourist busses have departed for the day, there is no place more serene than one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. The 19-foot marble statue of Lincoln in the atrium is lined with 36 Doric columns, perfect for twining around and stealing a kiss. This striking monument is also the site of many marriage proposals.