9 Romantic Places to Propose

When it comes to proposing, does it really make a difference where you drop to bended knee? You bet it does. Consider the world your stage—here are some of the planet's best places to propose.
  1. Wailua Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

    Wailua Falls, Kauai, Hawaii proposal spot
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    Want to make your fantasy come true? Go to the source: This picturesque pair of 80-foot waterfalls—Wailua means "two waters"—on Hawaii's "Garden Isle" of Kaua'i once starred in the opening sequence of the '70s television show Fantasy Island. Propose at the scenic overlook or navigate the steep path down to its pool to frolic Blue Lagoon–style in the cool mountain water and whisper your words of love. (You know what we mean—the proposal!)

  2. Goliath Roller Coaster, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California

    Six Flags Magic Mountain proposal idea

    Propose the plunge—then take it!—at 85 miles an hour on one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world. The Goliath is perfect, because it's open year-round and has a nice, slow 255-foot-high anticipation-building ascent so that you have time to recount all the things you love about your intended before you pop the question at its crest. Why propose on a roller coaster? It's a full-body rush if the answer is "yes." And you'll be secured by restraints if the answer is no!

  3. Inspiration Point, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

    Inspiration Point proposal idea in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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    Few things inspire bold proclamations and weak-kneed romance better than an awesome view, and it doesn't get much more inspiring than Ansel Adams territory in Grand Teton National Park. Catch the boat across Jenny Lake and hike up the Cascade Canyon Trail. You'll pass Hidden Falls on your way to Inspiration Point, about three-quarters of a mile in, from which you can see Grand Teton (the park's highest peak), Mt. Owen and an IMAX-esque view of Cascade Canyon. Afterward, celebrate with a cozy five-course dinner at Jenny Lake Lodge. (Note: Reservations are required.)

  4. Top of the World Restaurant, Stratosphere Casino, Las Vegas

    Stratosphere Top of the World restaurant marriage proposal
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    You'll really feel like you're walking on clouds at the revolving Top of the World Restaurant on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas—more than 850 feet above the Wedding Capital of the World. Below you, Las Vegas sparkles with possibilities and mountain ranges fringe your view. Bonus activities: the 160-foot Big Shot free fall ride (dresses not recommended!) and its SkyJump. Toast your decision with a two-foot Stratoblaster glass filled with champagne at the casino downstairs, then tie the knot at one of the wedding chapels across the street!

  5. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

    Brooklyn Bridge marriage proposal
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    This bridge cuts a classic New York silhouette. Whether you're strolling along its boardwalk or gazing up from a pier or promenade on the Brooklyn side, the marriage of its majestic heft, the twinkling Manhattan skyline and the languid East River will make you swoon. Celebrate with a sunset-lit glass of champagne nearby at the upscale restaurant The River Cafe (and nuzzle in its courtyard garden), or dig in to a brick-oven pie—pizza, that is—at Grimaldi's, a New York institution just down the street.

  6. Paris (Anywhere!)

    Eiffel Tower marriage proposal
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    And you thought the City of Light had no more tricks up its sleeve. It's true, this chic city is loaded with cliches, but cozy nooks and crannies are its trump card, forever saving it from static stereotype. Tease your beloved by visiting all the standard pop-the-question spots—the Eiffel Tower, the steps of Montmartre and Luxembourg Gardens. But surprise them with that question on bended knee when the spirit moves you—along a romantic lamplit back street, at the tip of Ile St-Louis or in the lovely Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris.

  7. Harry's Bar, Venice, Italy

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    Once the haunt of luminaries such as Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and Truman Capote, this intimate bar near the Piazza San Marco and Grand Canal in Venice is pure romance. Pull your bar stools close as you sip signature Bellinis, a bubbly marriage of peach juice and prosecco, then take a gondola ride along Venice's labyrinth canals.

  8. The Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC

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    Who better to inspire your declaration of love than the author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson? The classical white-marble memorial in West Potomac Park is a quiet haven on the water, the perfect spot for uttering serious words of undying devotion. To sweeten the deal, go at the end of March or in early April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

  9. LOVE Statue, Philadelphia

    Philadelphia Love statue marriage proposal location
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    You've seen the stamp, now see the sculpture. Set in Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Plaza (appropriately nicknamed Love Park), this iconic sculpture by pop artist Robert Indiana is composed of the letters that spell the word "LOVE" stacked on each other. What's more fitting for the City of Brotherly Love? The sculpture is across from City Hall and has the Philadelphia Museum of Art set in the background, making for a pretty and historic proposal spot.

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