Washington DC is known for many things: it is home to a long list of historic monuments and museums, the host of the world-renowned cherry blossom festival, the venue for countless presidential inaugurations—and it has continued to be the backdrop for countless perfect proposals!

With the beautiful scenery, iconic architecture and unmatched historical significance found here, what better place to propose than in our nation’s capital? Choosing the perfect location and setting for your proposal is almost as important as the question itself, and you’re sure to find the ideal spot for your proposal in Washington DC!

When it comes to engagements and proposals in our nation’s capital, as DC’s Oldest Jeweler you could say that we’ve been around the block a time or two. With over 125 years of experience in helping countless couples create their perfect proposal time and time again, we came up with a list of our favorite proposal spots in the city. Here are a few of our favorites from the long list of perfect places to propose in our nation’s capital:

The Lincoln Memorial: this trademark DC spot is the ideal for a truly romantic proposal—whether you’re facing the reflecting pool or the memorial!

The Jefferson Memorial: this truly remarkable monument is sure to be an unforgettable spot if you’re planning a proposal in the evening, and at the heart of DC!

The Tidal Basin: with its picturesque, serene setting there’s no doubt that this signature DC spot will offer the perfect place to pop the question!

The Decatur Terrace: this secluded garden walkway, known to DC locals as the “Spanish Steps”, is a perfect spot for a romantic stroll (or private proposal); hidden from the hustle and bustle of Dupont Circle.

The Kennedy Center’s Rooftop Terrace: the wrap-around terrace of DC’s infamous performing arts center is a perfect place for a proposal with its dazzling view of DC’s cityscape and the Potomac.

The National Arboretum: if you are looking for more or less private proposal location, consider the National Arboretum! This 444 acre garden is a great spot for nature loves and history buffs alike!

The Key Bridge at Sunset: this bridge offers a spectacular view of Georgetown and Arlington on the Potomac River—making it by far one of the best spots to watch the sun set in Washington DC, or propose to a loved one!

The Georgetown Waterfront: if you don’t think a proposal on the Key Bridge is your style, consider a proposal on the Georgetown Waterfront! This destination offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center.

Dumbarton Oaks: located minutes from the heart of Georgetown, the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks provide the ideal romantic setting for a proposal, with its serene atmosphere and sophisticated European design.

Meridian Hill Park: while this park may not be as well known as the others on our list it is a truly beautiful spot, with an impressive cascading fountain! This best-kept DC secret.

Can’t decide on just one location for your proposal? Don’t stress, consider planning a scavenger hunt instead! With a scavenger hunt proposal you can take your loved one on a journey to a few of the spots in DC that hold special significance to you both.

No matter where you decide to propose, keep in mind that the most important part of a proposal is the person you are proposing to, (and the engagement ring of course). For more tips on engagements and engagement rings, stop by one of our two locations and talk to an engagement ring expert today!

Sources: washingtonpost.comwashington.orgUSAToday.com