Don't have your Valentine's Day plans yet? Well, good luck trying to get a reservation this late in the game! With the impending snow storm on Thursday leaving a wintery coat of white on the District, Friday will see higher temperatures, making it a perfect day to explore the fresh winter wonderland.
Many explore the National Mall during the warmer months, when tourists flock to the city in hordes. When temperatures drop, however, the National Mall becomes much less crowded and a lot more quiet. With all of the renovations done to the monuments and the Mall facilities in the past couple of months, the area is now a treasure trove of romantic hideaways. The Trust for the National Mall ensures that the National Mall and all of its landmarks are kept in tip-top condition. Their Campaign for the National Mall represents the largest public-private partnership in the history of the National Park Service. Here are four spots to celebrate Valentine's Day on the National Mall:
For the History Buff:
Just because you are in a couple doesn't mean you don't love independence! The Declaration of Independence Memorial is an island oasis with stellar views of the Washington Monument.
For Presidential Lovers:
The FDR Memorial is the largest presidential memorial on the mall (7.5 acres) and is the only memorial that features a presidential couple. The four "rooms" represent the four terms of FDR, and celebrate his achievements and words through exquisite bronze artwork.
For the Special Guy or Gal with a Green Thumb:
Forget to buy flowers? Make it up to them with a visit to the (warm) U.S. Botanical Garden. Since you can't be surrounded with romantic flowers outside, heading inside has to be the next best thing. On Feb. 13, the Garden will be holding a free demonstration from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Here, you can learn all about flowers and their historical symbolism.
For the Michelle Kwan Wannabee:
Have the Winter Olympics sparked your love for figure skating once again? Head on over to the Sculpture Garden for ice skating on the ice rink surrounded by beautiful sculptures. Afterwards, keep warm and cuddle up with some hot chocolate from the Pavilion as you walk around under the stars.
Looking to tie the knot?
You have three options! Get the proper permit, and you can get married on the National Mall. The first location is the Jefferson Memorial, with its sweeping views of the White House. The D.C. War Memorial was recently renovated, and offers both privacy and history at your ceremony. The final wedding spot is the George Mason Memorial, which has its own mini-reflecting pool.