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The 13 best places to break up in D.C., mapped

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Now that your smooching is out of the way with the honeymoon dead and over with, it's time to figure out when and how you're going to break it to your significant other that it's just not working anymore. While you sweat the small stuff, Curbed will help you out with a list of the best places to untie the knot.

Below, see a range of places to choose from with locations either focused on practicality (easier escape routes) or symbolism (you'll see what we mean). If you have any suggestions for places that we should have added, feel free to leave them in the comments. For now, good luck and smooth sailing on your journey to bachelordom and bachelorettedom.

[UPDATE 2/14/17: New images and three new locations were added to the map.]

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1. Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro

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Gallery Place, 630 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
After you break up with your significant other, they can leave on the Metro, and you can enjoy yourself a nice steaming bowl of ramen.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Caroline Léna Becker

2. MLK Library

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901 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
A library may be one of the best spots to break up at because there's no way to get in a shouting match. If your significant other tries to make a scene, they'll have to hear a thing or two from some shushing librarians.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/David Monack

3. Washington Harbour

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(877) 628-5427
There's something about walking while breaking up that makes it seem so much more reasonable. Also, if you don't want to look your significant other in the eyes, you can just casually look at the waterscape. Wow, what a view.
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4. Dupont Circle

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1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Dupont Circle may be one of the best places to break up in Washington, D.C. With the many benches there, you'll have many options for places to sit. Also, if you need to run away from your ex, you'll have plenty of directions to choose from.
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5. The White House

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1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
(202) 456-1414
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Take your significant other on a tour of the White House. When you break up with them on the tour, you can get the Secret Service on your side if he or she starts throwing punches.
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6. City Segway Tours

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502 23rd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(877) 734-8687
"I'm sorry, but this isn't working." Peels off from group.
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7. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Analostan Island
Washington, D.C. 20037
It's so easy to get lost on the Theodore Roosevelt Island. At least, that's what you'll tell your significant other when they can't find you after you break up with them.
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8. The National Airport

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2401 S Smith Blvd
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 417-8000
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Say goodbye to the relationship and to Washington, D.C., while you board a plane to somewhere tropical.
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9. Smithsonian's National Zoo

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3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
How can you stay angry when there are pandas everywhere? How??!
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10. U.S. Capitol

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Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. 20002
Make your breakup location symbolic by choosing the U.S. Capitol. Just like our Congress, this relationship can't stay together.
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11. National Museum of Women in the Arts

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1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 783-5000
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If you have a girlfriend, this might be one of the best places to drop them off after ripping their heart in half. Here, in this museum, the poor girl can look at the faces of strong women. Buck up, girl. You're not alone.
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12. The Exorcist Steps

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3600 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Breakups are scary. Do you know what's even scarier? A tall, spooky staircase. If you're thinking of throwing your significant other down the steps, try not to do that. Instead, maybe make a fun reference to the girl in the movie and how much your lover resembles them. That should help.
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13. Union Market

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(301) 652-7400
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Stop dating. Start eating.
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1. Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro

Gallery Place, 630 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Caroline Léna Becker
After you break up with your significant other, they can leave on the Metro, and you can enjoy yourself a nice steaming bowl of ramen.
Gallery Place, 630 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

2. MLK Library

901 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/David Monack
A library may be one of the best spots to break up at because there's no way to get in a shouting match. If your significant other tries to make a scene, they'll have to hear a thing or two from some shushing librarians.
901 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Washington Harbour

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
There's something about walking while breaking up that makes it seem so much more reasonable. Also, if you don't want to look your significant other in the eyes, you can just casually look at the waterscape. Wow, what a view.
3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

4. Dupont Circle

1 DuPont Cir NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
Dupont Circle may be one of the best places to break up in Washington, D.C. With the many benches there, you'll have many options for places to sit. Also, if you need to run away from your ex, you'll have plenty of directions to choose from.
1 DuPont Cir NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20500
Photo via ESB Professional/Shutterstock
Take your significant other on a tour of the White House. When you break up with them on the tour, you can get the Secret Service on your side if he or she starts throwing punches.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

6. City Segway Tours

502 23rd St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Mariordo
"I'm sorry, but this isn't working." Peels off from group.
502 23rd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

7. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Analostan Island, Washington, D.C. 20037
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Daderot
It's so easy to get lost on the Theodore Roosevelt Island. At least, that's what you'll tell your significant other when they can't find you after you break up with them.
Analostan Island
Washington, D.C. 20037

8. The National Airport

2401 S Smith Blvd, Arlington, VA 22202
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/dbking
Say goodbye to the relationship and to Washington, D.C., while you board a plane to somewhere tropical.
2401 S Smith Blvd
Arlington, VA 22202

9. Smithsonian's National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Quadell
How can you stay angry when there are pandas everywhere? How??!
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

10. U.S. Capitol

Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo via Shutterstock/Brandon Bourdages
Make your breakup location symbolic by choosing the U.S. Capitol. Just like our Congress, this relationship can't stay together.
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. 20002

11. National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKid
If you have a girlfriend, this might be one of the best places to drop them off after ripping their heart in half. Here, in this museum, the poor girl can look at the faces of strong women. Buck up, girl. You're not alone.
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. The Exorcist Steps

3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/SDC
Breakups are scary. Do you know what's even scarier? A tall, spooky staircase. If you're thinking of throwing your significant other down the steps, try not to do that. Instead, maybe make a fun reference to the girl in the movie and how much your lover resembles them. That should help.
3600 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. Union Market

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo via Jason Rosenberg
Stop dating. Start eating.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002