Wedding Venues with a Scenic View – Updated 2020

Earlier this year I shared with you the statistics of my 2016 weddings, which was a popular post for me. In February, The Knot released its annual findings based on the survey it sent to couples who married in 2016. You can read the entire wedding report if you like. One part that stood out to me was about wedding venues. Here is what The Knot reported:

Ceremony and reception locations are becoming even more important as couples plan a personalized wedding that’s a true reflection of their personalities and relationship together. Forty-eight percent said that having a reception venue with a scenic backdrop or locale was the top priority, while having both an indoor and outdoor space was most important for 30% of couples. 

I could not agree more with these survey results. Many couples come to me wanting to find a wedding venue with a view, but also a good back up plan. Luckily, there is no shortage of wedding venues scenic backdrop (of either monuments or water or both) in the Washington DC area. Here is a short list of some of my favorites!

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club – just over the Bay Bridge but a really great view! Photo by Paired Images.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding ceremony waterfront

The terrace at the Daughters of the American Revolution has a fantastic view! As does the roof top at Old Ebbitt Grill!  Both are conveniently located in downtown Washington DC. Photos by Stephen Bobb and Abby Jiu.

DAR Daughters of the American Revolution wedding venue with a viewOld Ebbitt Grill wedding venue with a view

Speaking of rooftops, the Hay-Adams Hotel has one of the most iconic rooftop views in all of DC! Photo by Connor Studios.

hay-adams hotel rehearsal dinner

Across the river, Le Meridien Hotel offers a rooftop terrace and restaurant buy out for couples who wish to overlook Georgetown during their wedding. Photo by Paul Morse.

Le Meridien Hotel wedding venue with a view

One of my favorite rooftops is at the Newseum – and they have 2 terraces available for your special events! Photo by Michelle Lindsay. (THE NEWSEUM IS NOW CLOSED.)

Newseum Washington DC wedding venue with a view

Why look at the water when you can be on the water? Charter the presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia out of either Southwest Washington DC or Old Town Alexandria. This is ideal for groups of 30 or less. Photo by Michelle Lindsay.

USS Sequoia wedding venue with a view

The secluded shores of southern and eastern Maryland offer many beautiful wedding venues, including Woodlawn in the town of Ridge, Maryland. Photo by Matt Mendelsohn.

And there are so many more. Below is a list, but I’m sure I’ve missed some! What wedding venues with a view did you consider for your wedding? I’ve done other round ups of wedding venues in the past. You can check out my 2015 wedding reception venues, and my 2016 wedding venues


The Line Hotel 

The International Spy Museum

The Observatory at America’s Square

The Showroom

Sequoia Restaurant

The Yards Park

Thompson Hotel

Dockmaster Building

The W Hotel

The Liaison Hotel

101 Constitution Ave./Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

Potomac View Terrace 

Kennedy Center and REACH

United States Institute of Peace

20 F St. NW

Capitol View at 400

District Winery 


Murray Hill – Leesburg

River Farm at AHS – Alexandria

Indigo Landing – Alexandria

Torpedo Factory – Alexandria 

The River View – Occoquan 


The Sunset Room – National Harbor

National Harbor Pier – National Harbor

Mary’s Hope on Church Cove – St. Inigoes

Inn at Perry Cabin – St. Michael’s 

Wye River Estate – Queenstown

Legg Mason Tower – Baltimore

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park – Baltimore

Phillip Merril Environmental Center – Annapolis


If you want more wedding venue content, I have posts about the best wedding barns in Virginia, the best small wedding venues and the best large wedding venues.