King Street has long been a center of commerce for Alexandria. (Cameron Davidson)

Tired of all those romantic nights spent gazing at the stars on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial? Then take the Metro to Alexandria, the east coast’s most romantic city.

Or so says ProFlowers, an online flower delivery service, which ranked the most romantic cities in the country to help you plan your next getaway. The list is filled with some unexpected — or perhaps just understated in their romance — cities.

Alexandria finished in fifth. Sunnyvale, Calif., and Honolulu finished in first and second, respectively.

ProFlowers used the following criteria to determine these heated rankings: Percentage of the population married (marriages, of course, will thrive in a romantic city); romantic restaurants per capita (candlelight dinners!); boutique hotels per capita (romantic getaways!); public parks per capita (picnics!); and the city’s walkability score (hand-holding!)

Based on that, the 10 most romantic cities are:

  1. Sunnyvale, Calif.
  2. Honolulu
  3. Torrance, Calif.
  4. Seattle
  5. Alexandria
  6. Portland
  7. San Francisco
  8. Bellevue, Wash.
  9. Pasadena, Calif.
  10. San Diego

Here’s what ProFlowers had to say about Alexandria:

The only city east of the Rockies to make the top 10, Alexandria is a very romantic place. Known as “Old Town,” the downtown area has a high concentration of shops and restaurants lining the enchanting cobblestone streets. The classic vibe of Alexandria certainly sets the stage for a romantic day-to-evening date.