1. Meridian Hill Park Flickr: justinschuck Tucked up and away from the craziness of 16th street, this leafy park is full of joggers, dog walkers, and tightrope walkers. Don't miss the drum circle on Sunday afternoons! 2. The Tidal Basin (during cherry blossom season) Flickr: dancingnomad3 In late April, the cherry blossoms are in peak bloom. The tidal basin is a ring of pink, flowering trees that make the path along the water one of the most magical and romantic spots in the city. 3. Kingman Island Flickr: 97330421@N08 Maybe you've never even heard of it, but this quirky island in the Anacostia river is a gem in DC. The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival is a popular event for hipsters and music lovers in the springtime. 4. The Lincoln Memorial Flickr: egansnow This monument to our 16th president is one of the most striking memorials in the nation's capital. You can't miss the unobstructed view of the Washington Monument from the front steps, and the back of the monument looks out over the Potomac River. 5. The National Arboretum Flickr: dcgardens With its lush landscape and acres of rolling hills, the arboretum is one of the most secluded parts of the district. Explore the forest and the zen bonsai gardens for a true taste of all things green. 6. POV at the W Hotel Flickr: wallyg The W Hotel is one of Washington's oldest hotels, but they are best known today for their swanky rooftop bar. The deck boasts nearly 360 degree views of the city and the dim lights, tasty cocktails, and breathtaking scenery make it one of the most romantic venues on the east coast. 7. The Southwest Waterfront Flickr: kathmandu Located just around the corner from Nat's stadium, the southwest waterfront is a newly constructed area of green space in the up-and-coming neighborhood. Stroll the riverwalk or stop in one of the restaurants along the water for a quick bite. 8. The Gardens at The National Cathedral Flickr: afagen In the shadow of the looming National Cathedral, the well-kept garden is overflowing with rose bushes, weeping willows, fresh herbs, and a small gazebo... for canoodling. 9. The Kennedy Center Roof Deck Flickr: kevharb The Kennedy Center rooftop deck offers spectacular views of Georgetown, Rosslyn, Roosevelt Island, and even the National Cathedral. Enjoy a (free) show at the Millenium Stage and then pop upstairs to watch the sun set over the Potomac. 10. Dumbarton Oaks Flickr: mjkmjk This pretty home was converted into a museum years ago. The main estate is surrounded by impeccable gardens and upon entering, the visitor feels worlds away from downtown DC.