* The holiday season overlaps with engagement season
* Engagement season begins on Thanksgiving and lasts through Valentine’s Day
* Get a head start on your proposal plans with these romantic location ideas
It may feel like summer just ended, but in reality, the holidays are rapidly approaching us. The holiday season brings family together, and there always seems to be an undercurrent of sentimentality and romance in the air through the winter months. This may explain why “engagement season,” (yes, it’s a thing) begins in Thanksgiving and lasts through Valentine’s Day.
Not only does the holiday spirit likely contribute to the season’s love spell, but the timing also makes sense from a practical perspective too. Getting engaged in the winter gives you and your sweetheart ample time to plan before the wedding season begins in May and June. Get a head start with your proposal plans if you’re planning to pop the question this year with these romantic destinations.
1. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Big Sur, CA)
One of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world, Big Sur is the home to stunning ocean views, cliffs, and even a few waterfalls. Ask for their hand in marriage at Pfeiffer Beach in the sand or overlooking the shore on a steep cliff.
2. Grand Canyon National Park (Northern AZ)
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular places on earth, with many opportunities for a romantic proposal both on the ground and in the air. Indulge your special someone in a romantic early morning helicopter ride, or plan a relaxed picnic under the gilded light before you ask for their hand in marriage.
3. LOVE Statue Indianapolis Art Museum (Indianapolis, IN)
If you’re S.O. is a social media darling, or just someone who lives for a good photo opp, the LOVE statue outside the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a great proposal spot. Robert Indiana’s iconic public sculpture will win his/her heart over and look great in your unofficial engagement pics on your social handle.
4. Space Needle Observation Desk (Seattle, WA)
The Space Needle Observation Deck stands tall at 520 feet, offering a panoramic view of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay’s stunning waterfront, Mt. Rainier, and endless Douglas Firs. While not the best locale for someone with a fear of heights, those who enjoy a high rise and a killer view will melt at the romantic gesture.
5. The Headlight Lighthouse (Portland, ME)
The charming town of Portland Maine has an old-world charm mixed with a nautical, romantic spirit that’s both quaint and relaxing, without feeling isolated. The Headlight ( lighthouse) is one of the most photographed lighthouses in America and it’s also the oldest in Maine. It has a simple, natural ambiance ideal for an intimate proposal.
6. Wayfarers Chapel (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Also known as “The Glass Church,” Wayfarers Chapel is located in Rancho Palos Verdes southwest of Los Angeles. Designed by Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s son), the beautiful sanctuary offers a dynamic blend of modernist architecture seamlessly merged with natural landscape. Architecture fans will love the location you chose, as will anyone with an eye for natural beauty.
7. Disney World (Orlando, FL)
Even most adults can’t deny the magic of Disney. Sweep your love of their feet with a romantic and fun proposal at the one of the world’s most enchanting theme parks. Pop the question outside Cinderella’s castle to start your happily ever after.
8. Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop Garden (New York, NY)
While The Big Apple is full of infamous and popular locations to the pop the question, thanks to a long list of rom-com proposals, standard proposal spots like Times Square and Central Park have become a little cliched. Opt for a more unique location to ask your sweetheart to marry you, like the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
9. Malibu Wine Safari (Malibu, CA)
Set against the backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, CA (just outside Los Angeles) this immersive safari tour elevates your typical wine tasting experience with the addition of animals. What could be more romantic? If your sweetheart loves animals and fancies a good California Pinot, this spot will make for an experience they will never forget.
10. Rothko Chapel (Houston, TX)
Art lovers and minimalists will revel in the stark beauty of the Rothko Chapel. Located in Houston, TX the chapel is described as a spiritual place “where stillness moves.” The interior features 14 murals by Rothko, along with a sublime outdoor pool, and a outdoor sculpture dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. by abstract expressionist Barnett Newman.
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