Washington, DC Locals' Best Places to Catch a Sunset

With it’s many beautiful buildings and monuments, our nation’s capital provides a beautiful backdrop for the setting sun! If you’re planning a visit to Washington, DC in the coming months, be sure to check out our Local Expert’s recommendations for the best places to catch a sunset. You won’t be disappointed! 

1. Georgetown Waterfront Park
Officially completed in 2011, Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park stretching along the Potomac River. Enjoy relaxing sunset views by the river at your leisure, or join in on park activities including sunset fitness classes or sunset cinema during the summer months!

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2. National Mall
Stretching over two miles from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall is one of the most visited parks in Washington, DC. Museums and monuments line the park, making this location a great place to watch the sun go down while taking in our nation’s history!

3. Yards Park
Located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, Yards Park is a premier waterfront park located along the Anacostia River. Not only does this park offer a great green space for events and recreation throughout the year, it makes for beautiful sunset views over the waterfront, with a cool bridge to boot!

4. Tidal Basin
Tidal Basin is a partially man-made reservoir between the Potomac River and Washington Channel. Most recognized for the Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, Tidal Basin also makes for a great spot to watch the sun set over the monuments.

5. POV at the W Hotel
Sitting atop the W Hotel is Washington, DC’s iconic POV rooftop lounge. With “views of the White House normally reserved for those in office,” the POV makes the perfect location for sunset views of the capital city. Be sure to make your reservation on time and abide by the dress code, or access to these views could be denied.

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