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So here’s the deal: You’ve only got one shot to get it right when proposing to your partner—and you’ll have the rest of your lives to reflect upon that one shining moment (so no pressure, right?). If you’re looking for some choice proposal ideas, or just the most romantic places in the world, then look no further. Here are the best places to propose on this side of the pond.

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Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine

On the beach in Kennebunkport, Maine

Picture yourself in Kennebunkport: You’ve just finished a long walk on the beach. Waves are crashing dramatically against the craggy shore, and a lighthouse looms in the distance. He or she is the picture of perfection as you bend down on one knee. Afterward, you can go sailing together or chow down on some seriously fresh lobster rolls and crab cakes.

Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory | Photo courtesy of @mara.castillo

At the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC

What’s almost as colorful and beautifully chaotic as your love? Being surrounded by swarms of delicate, colorful butterflies, of course. Just don’t visit this seasonal New York City attraction during peak hours or you may end up proposing in the middle of an elementary-school field trip. Best of all, though, before and after you’ll be in one of the greatest cities on Earth, meaning there’s endless amounts of cool, romantic and wonderful ways to share this special day together.

Hot air balloon over Napa | Flickr CC: Noodles and Beef

Hot air balloon over Napa | Flickr CC: Noodles and Beef

Via a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley

It would be hard to argue against the stunning beauty of Napa Valley. And like most landscapes, it’s perhaps best viewed from above. This is where that hot-air-balloon ride comes into play: Bring some wine or champagne and snacks (we’re looking at you, chocolate-covered strawberries) and take to the skies with your honey, in one of the prettiest, most luxe places in the country.

Rocky National Park

Rocky National Park

Beneath the stars in Rocky Mountain National Park

If you’re an outdoorsy couple, this one’s a no-brainer. Bring your partner to the great outdoors to see those Purple Mountain Majesties up close. And whether you decide to sleep beneath the stars, or simply visit them by stepping outside of your cozy lodge, the views are always magnificent. You’ll have the entire Milky Way as a backdrop as you pop the question.

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In front of the fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah

A proposal in a park is quite romantic, and this large public green in Savannah’s historic district makes for a picture perfect setting with its iconic fountain. Take your sweetie by the hand to this grand centerpiece and get ready to get down on one knee. If this spot seems too public, or if you need to build up your confidence, take a leisurely stroll along the park’s paths (don’t worry; you got this).

Sunset Celebration

Sunset Celebration | Flickr CC: <href=””>justiny8s

Surrounded by artistry at Sunset Celebration in Key West

Sometimes we get caught up in the moment, and it can lead to the greatest time of our lives. Key West can be the location. Check out this year-round festival of arts and culture held nightly in Mallory Square, as you two catch street performers and artisans in action. Join in the ceremonies by creating your own masterpiece—the beginning of the rest of your lives together.

Imagine sitting by the fireplace and seeing this outside your window

Imagine sitting by the fireplace and seeing this outside your window

In front of the fireplace in Vermont

The Green Mountain State is nice to visit during all four seasons but in wintertime, it’s purely magical. If you both love hitting the slopes during the day, and curling up by the indoor fire at night, consider renting a room at a cute B&B in Burlington or a major resort in Stowe. Hint: The only ice you should be concerned about is having enough to cover a bottle of champagne!

Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska

Under the Northern lights in Alaska

Here’s a different kind of “save the date” event. From September until around mid-April, head to Alaska to observe this nighttime Aurora Borealis. Fairbanks is the best place for viewing the Northern Lights, but be sure to bundle up. The atmosphere offers a great op for getting close while being out in the cold—so have that ring ready to go.

Bioluminescent Bay

Bioluminescent Bay | Photo courtesy of @aeliusmeek

Amidst a surreal natural wonder in Puerto Rico

We’ve got a whole evening in Puerto Rico planned for you: See a show and learn how to salsa together at Nuyorican Café, then kayak along the Bioluminescent Bay, where you’ll finally (carefully) pop the question. Just don’t do it during the trip—you don’t want to drop that ring in the water.

Pfeiffer Beach, California

Pfeiffer Beach, California

At sunset at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur

If you love California beaches, then this postcard spot in the heart of Big Sur will be absolutely perfect. It also feels secluded, as you’ll discover in following the road signs to get you there. Then as you wander along the beach, spot sections of purple-colored sand and huge boulders standing right offshore—then take a selfie with the new ring you’re rocking.


Under the spell of Charleston’s charm

This is your evening itinerary for this South Carolina city: After a romantic dinner at Halls Chophouse and seeing a show at Dock Street Theatre, take a private Palmetto carriage ride through the Commercial District, and ask your driver to make an unexpected stop along the route where you’ll pop the question.


In the same place where you had your first date (duh!)

Yes, this one’s a little obvious, but we mention it for a reason. While it’s not quite as showy as your other options, it’s just so wonderfully sentimental. No matter where that first date took place, this is one for the books. And if you happened to have your first date at Denny’s, well, maybe just make that a small part of your proposal day plan.


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