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Best Places In Washington DC To Propose

August 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Hillwood Museum

Photo Credit: Hillwood Museum

You’ve bought the ring, made your decision and now it’s time to pop the most important question in your relationship. But the question is where and when. While we may not be able to help you with the when, here are some ideas of where in DC to propose. Each sweetheart is unique, so selecting the right location is equally as important as the question itself. You may have already checked out the Best Romantic Places In Washington, D.C. to Propose, so here are five more to consider.

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 962-1400
www.montgomeryparks.org

Brookside Gardens is a beautifully kept park in the Wheaton area of Montgomery County, Maryland. As the name suggests, the gardens are a variety of paths that run through manicured lawns and ponds that are always studded with geese, birds and even butterflies. For a romantic outdoor proposal, there’s a Japanese-style pagoda in the middle of a pond where many Washingtonians say their vows as well. Or see the vibrancy of colorful butterflies in the Conservatory. Whether you’d like to take a stroll or sit down at one of the many park benches, Brookside gardens is the place to go for a romantic garden proposal.

Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-8500
www.hillwoodmuseum.org

The Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is an off-the-beate- path DC gem. With a gorgeous collection of art and decorative items, the museum is worth a look through and the grounds are even more stunning than the trinkets inside. Proposing in the gardens is a perfect place. There are so many nooks and hidden places. You can choose from three different themes depending on what your sweetheart enjoys. There’s the tranquil Japanese garden with flowing water, statues and ponds. For those that prefer a manicured garden, the French Parterre, which is accessed through arches in the bushes, is a stately garden to ask the important question. Or if she’s all about flowers, the rose garden is irresistibly romantic. Whatever your choice may be, Hillwood is a quiet and scarcely populated place to share an intimate moment in your time together.

Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000
www.kennedy-center.org

The Kennedy Center is a stately building where the finest performances in Washington are hosted. The grounds of the building are romantic and the halls amazing, but one of the perfect places to pop the question is high above the stage. The Rooftop Terrace offers stunning views of the Potomac and monuments as far as the eye can see. Whether you choose the views of the daytime or the lights of the night, it’s the perfect place to get down on one knee with the city at your feet as you propose to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

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National Portrait Gallery
8th and F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-1000
www.npg.si.edu

While proposing by portraits of famous people may not seem like the most romantic idea, it’s actually the courtyard inside the National Portrait Gallery that is an architecturally stunning place to propose. The National Portrait Gallery’s square courtyard is surrounded by a Greek revival façade that is capped with a wavy construction of glass reminiscent of an ocean wave in the sky. The courtyard, constructed by architects Foster + Partners, is a contemporary nod to the romantic surroundings. The trees are encased by large marble retaining walls and in the center, there’s a café where you can sit and make the perfect proposal.

Sculpture Garden
7th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 737-4215
www.nga.gov

Whether it’s in the warmer weather where you can stroll along the intimate garden or in the winter when the classic ice skating rink is set up, the Sculpture Garden is a DC gem and a perfect place to ask for your sweetie’s hand in marriage. You can make it a clever lead-in using some of the sculptures. There’s the Parisian Metro sign that lends itself to a conversation about where to go on your honeymoon. The Lichtenstein house can spark the idea of taking the first steps to settling down with a family. Whatever way you propose, celebrate with some sangria or hot chocolate (when the weather is colder) at the café.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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