The Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps 1725 22nd St NW

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The Spanish Steps

"Necessity is the Mother of Invention"

Constructed in the early 1900s as an urban planning initiative, the Spanish Steps are now a beautiful yet little-known attraction. The steps were designed by George Totten, who was a local architect with big ideas. This idea was that the steps would make up for the difference in levels between the two streets they connect while adding aesthetic value to the neighborhood. Once complete it not only became easier to traverse the city's streets but also more attractive.

The stone structure is comprised of a double staircase with a fountain at the halfway point. The fountain's gentle flow adds to the serenity of the area. Looking out, you can see the city moving all around you. There are architecturally stunning embassies and opulent homes to capture your attention.

Since their construction, the Spanish Steps have become a place of reflection and relaxation. Many people come to read, write, and rest. Another 'R' word that comes to mind is romance. Couples come here regularly to spend time chatting and maybe even sneak in a smooch or two. People also come here to run up and down these stone steps in the name of exercise. Whatever your reason, these are a great item to add to your list of 'Things to Do in Washington, D.C.'

Instagram-Worthy Photos

The Spanish Steps are a great backdrop for photos. They're shaded by trees with low-hanging branches on either side, which sets a dramatic tone for capturing those special moments. Pregnancy announcements, birthday celebrations, weddings, graduation, and engagement photos have all been captured here. Grab a friend and head to the Spanish Steps for a photoshoot during "golden hour" (shortly after sunrise or before sunset, no filter necessary).

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The Spanish Steps

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