Legendary DC Date Ideas

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DC may be a top destination due to its historic sites and landmarks, but the District also presents an ideal location in terms of coming up with some legendary date ideas. In fact, DC is packed with unique experiences, whether you’re a foodie, outdoorsy, or want to tap into your artistic side.


Foodies are sure to appreciate the diversity in terms of dining in DC. No matter which type of food you’re in the mood for, you’ll likely find it. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can always make meal prep part of the date by signing up for a local cooking class or putting those skills to work at home.

Eastern Market is a longstanding staple in Capitol Hill, where you can load up on gourmet food and beverages. Also consider taking a stroll through one of the local farmers’ markets for a picnic at the Lincoln Memorial or National Arboretum. If you’d rather make it a nightcap, there are mixology classes, or you can take part in a wine tasting.

The outdoors

If you both enjoy the outdoors, why not make it a date exploring all that DC has to offer. The C&O Canal includes 185-miles of trails for biking, or you can simply take a romantic stroll through the United States Botanic Garden. During the winter months there are several outdoor ice rinks set up in area neighborhoods too, including at The Wharf or at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden.  

The arts

If you’d rather explore the arts, make time to see ARTECHOUSE. This popular, interactive art venue is truly unique. You can also try making your own art in a glass blowing class, a woodworking class, or even a sewing class.

If you’d rather be a spectator, the Kennedy Center is always fun, or you can opt for live jazz at Blues Alley in Georgetown. Of course, the Smithsonian Art Museum is free, so you don’t have to worry about rushing through and can make plans to come back for a second date.

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