In a city known for its speeches, what could be a more weighty question than “Will you marry me?” Some of the most beautiful places are also the best romantic places to propose in Washington, D.C.

National Christmas Tree

The Ellipse
17th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 208-1631

Not only is the National Christmas tree a festive place to pop the question during the holiday season, but surrounding it are trees from all 50 states, U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., so one of the most romantic places in Washington, D.C., to propose can reflect the couple’s home. Many a man has dropped down on one knee in front of his state tree to propose in Washington, D.C. The line may begin something like “Will you take this man from Maine? . . . or Colorado? . . . or Oregon?” The trees are up from the first week in December through January 1.

The National Mall and Memorial Parks

Independence and Maine Avenues, N.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Washington’s monuments and memorials would make a memorable backdrop for any marriage proposal. The steps of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials are particularly beautiful at night. But how about popping the question under a dreamy pink canopy? When the cherry blossom trees bloom in early April, Washington is at its most beautiful and most romantic. To miss the crowds, arrive early in the morning. Or better yet, escape the crowds by taking a pedal boat out into the Tidal Basin. You could even declare your love at the Declaration of Independence memorial, a tiny island in the middle of the lake at Constitution Gardens. Some of the best romantic places in Washington, D.C., to propose are also places you’ll want to return to year after year.

Bishop’s Garden

The National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6200

You might not promise your beloved a rose garden, but you can propose amongst roses, herbs and flowers at the glorious Bishop’s Garden on the close of the Washington National Cathedral. Designed as a “Garden for the Ages, the medieval style garden is one of the best romantic places in Washington, D.C. to propose almost any time of year. Even if it’s raining, don’t despair. The Cathedral’s chapels are gorgeous, and the Pilgrim Observation Gallery on the seventh floor with a panoramic view of the city are wonderful alternatives.