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The 7 Most Romantic Places to Propose in California

The 7 Most Romantic Places to Propose in California

Ready to get down on one knee and pop the big question? Here are the best places to propose in California.


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February 19, 2020

Did you finally gather enough courage to pop the question? Congratulations! Now, the only thing you need to do is find the right romantic spot to do so, which can be the hardest choice because the world is filled with amazing proposal places. But, if you have California on your mind, here are a few destinations that will definitely put you and your beloved in the right mood for romance.

Sweep your sweetheart off her feet by proposing in stunning Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Rachel Traxler.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe will treat you to some amazing alpine scenery perfect for your proposal pictures. No matter when you decide to go, you will be welcomed with nature that heals the body and nurtures the soul. In the summer, you can opt for a romantic carriage ride, and in the winter, you can embrace your future spouse on a chilly ski lift ride. There are also plenty of fine-dining opportunities and chic lodges in Tahoe where you can celebrate your engagement.

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Get down on one knee against the ruggedly beautiful backdrop of Big Sur. Photo courtesy of Nicole De Anda.

Big Sur

The Big Sur coastline stretches 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, neatly tucked away in lush redwood forests. As dramatic cliffs and waterfalls crash into the deep blue waters, you and your loved one will be safe in each other’s arms. Below the ridges, you can find small, secluded beaches and seal the deal as the sunset washes over you. Steal a kiss before you let your partner see the rings, and enjoy a moment just between you two. Make sure to choose nature-inspired rings to commemorate your perfect day surrounded by crystal waters and golden sands.

Wine Country's iconic rows of verdant vineyards provide a beautiful setting for asking the big question. Photo courtesy of Sylvie Gil.

Wine Country

California Wine Country is one of the best spots for romantic getaways. Its rolling hills and tidy rows of vineyards serve as a stunning backdrop. If you’re not a drinker, you will still have a lot of fun ideas for the proposal—plus you won’t have any issues organizing a blowout dinner at a fancy restaurant to celebrate. With so many options, your special day will be one for the books.

With the famous Hollywood sign in the distance, your Hollywood Hills proposal will be nothing short of dreamy. Photo courtesy of Chaffin Cade.

Hollywood Sign

You probably caught a few glimpses of the famous Hollywood Sign from the freeway, but this time, make it special by hiking the trail all the way up to the sign itself. You will find many photo ops for your engagement album along the way. Don’t forget to sneak some celebratory beverages in your backpack so you can toast to your successful engagement.

Plan a picture-perfect proposal at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Urban Light installation. Photo courtesy of Kim Le.

Urban Light installation

If you’re looking for plenty of attention for your proposal and want to have all your friends and family around to witness it, organize a fun outing to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and look for the Urban Light installation. You can snap plenty of amazing selfies among the vintage street lights and blow your S.O. away with a surprise engagement. You can always come back later with a professional and get additional engagement photos that will last you a lifetime.

A Santa Monica Pier proposal is bound to be magical. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Barletter.

Santa Monica Pier

If you’re an urban couple, you’ll both love your Santa Monica Pier proposal. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere, buy plenty of sweets and stuffed toys, and climb the Ferris wheel for beautiful views and a moment of privacy. Pop the question at the top of the wheel, and kiss as the sparkling views of the Pacific Ocean provide your proposal with a spectacular backdrop.

Pop the question in a secluded area of San Diego's expansive Balboa Park. Photo courtesy of Leaf Wedding Photography.

Balboa Park

If you want to have a full day of fun and romance, hit San Diego’s Balboa Park. This spot has everything from zoos and gardens to theaters and museums, so you can really choose your own romantic adventure. And with 1,200 acres, the park offers numerous secluded spots between its gardens and walking paths for an intimate proposal. 

No matter if you’re an outdoorsy duo or a couple of city kids, you can always find a romantic spot for your California proposal. And if your partner says yes (and he or she surely will), you two will forever share a special connection with the Golden State. Then, you can start researching the best wedding destinations in California.

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