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The 13 Best Places to Get Engaged in California
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The 13 Best Places to Get Engaged in California

Whether it's under the Urban Lights or by Lake Tahoe, California features the very best places to get engaged.


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July 05, 2021

California is the most magical place to say “I do”; you'll be telling the fairytale of how you got engaged for the rest of your life. That's why it’s extra important that everything goes according to plan—and you can't say that you've got it all under control without having chosen where you’re getting down on one knee. Well, the good news is that you have nothing to worry about. With all that California has to offer, you're practically set in the backdrops department. Whether it's under the Urban Lights, by Lake Tahoe, or in the mesmerizing seclusion of the desert, the Golden State features the very best places to get engaged. Now that you’ve bought the ring, let’s get started.

The Top Places to Get Engaged in Every Terrain 

When it comes to good old-fashioned romance, Griffith Observatory is the name of the game. Your first date was probably here, why not get engaged too?

1. Griffith Observatory

Home to one of the most swoon-worthy montages in La La Land, Griffith Observatory offers you two an epic moment of your own. By the looks of it, it’s not very hard to figure out why the observatory garners attention from lovebirds—the most stunning, unobstructed views of the L.A. basin can be seen from here. And on top of that, the awe-inspiring architecture will make everything feel like a getaway to the cosmos; who wouldn’t want that? 

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2. Pacific Surfliner 

A moving train has a certain allure that makes it seem quite romantic. We advise forgoing the PCH road trip in favor of a train excursion if you're looking for a novel approach to pop the question. From San Luis Obispo, travel via San Diego, Los Angeles, and finally arrive in Santa Barbara on Amtrak's luxurious liner. As you get the confidence to ask her yes, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the coastline.

There could only be one thing that's more breathtaking that the roaring Pacific, and that's your one and only. This is the best place to get engaged.

3. Baker Beach 

Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge was built with the dual intent of usefulness and beauty? Attest to the latter and ask for your loved one’s hand in marriage on this pristine stretch of sand—it’s typically free of tourists during the weekdays. Get someone to snap pictures of your monumental moment, filled with the striking orange hues of the bridge.

Romantic Places to Get Engaged By the Beach

Rugged beauty, crashing waves, unspoiled coastline, and endless love; Big Sur is for true romantics at heart.

4. Big Sur 

Stretching 90 feet along the Pacific, Big Sur is where you’ll feel safe in the arms of your beloved. There are a few quaint, secluded beaches you can go to for your private moment and steal a kiss as the sunset washes over you. And while your S.O. unexpectedly watches waterfalls crash into the azure waters, commemorate your perfect day by whipping out a ring.

5. Santa Monica Pier 

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that the Santa Monica Pier has no shortage of special spots to take your soon-to-be fiance. Relish in the carnival atmosphere, munch on sweets, and climb the iconic Ferris wheel for vistas and privacy. The wheel is one of the top places to get engaged in the area—the glimmering ocean provides you with all the backdrops you need.

Awesome Places to Get Engaged in the Mountains 

Proposing in Big Bear can be done in so many ways. Get down on one knee while hiking or catch them by surprise while kayaking on the lake.

6. Big Bear 

This stunning mountain resort town is showered with romance all year long. Winters make it a beautiful place to get engaged—cozy cabins and sizzling fires set the mood for romance. Summers don’t fall much behind either; Big Bear has a number of genius proposal spots such as the Castle Rock Trail, Boulder Bay Park, and many more. Ready to start the rest of your life with your S.O.?

7. Napa Valley

California’s Wine Country is one of the most romantic places to get engaged. Rolling hills, endless rows of vineyards, and mighty mountains watching over you—Napa Valley has plenty of options to make your special day one for the books. Plus, after you’ve said your “I do”s, you won’t have any issues organizing a blowout dinner at a fancy restaurant to celebrate.

Beautiful Places to Get Engaged in the Desert

Grand rock formations and boulders at Joshua Tree National Park serve as your amphitheater to get down on one knee.

8. Joshua Tree National Park

Picture this: you’re spending the day basking in the amazing daytime views and popping the question under the spectacular nighttime sky. Joshua Tree National Park is perfect for your extra special proposal. If you’re not sure exactly where to get down on one knee yet, don’t fret; there are plenty of trails to explore before landing on that perfect spot. 

9. Red Rock Canyon State Park

Simple but lovely—this is how we sum up a proposal at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Are you two hiking enthusiasts? You’ve come to the perfect place; the area is sure to provide you with many striking landscapes. But, for the ultimate proposal, wait until the sun goes down and the rocks change colors; now that will seal the deal.

Good Places to Get Engaged in the City

We love cheesiness, why is why we recommend getting engaged at LACMA to make all your IG proposal dreams come true.

10. Urban Light at LACMA 

Though it's likely that you'll have to move around to locate a space that's free (many couples propose at Urban Lights), the Chris Burden exhibit is the ideal location for a surreal encounter. The play of vivid light, different tones, and rows of magnificent columns will make your sweetheart say "I do" before you ever ask.

11. Golden Gate Bridge 

Search far and wide and you won’t find a single landmark that compares to the Golden Gate Bridge. Depending on the vision you have for your special day, you can either opt for a sunny afternoon or a foggy, romantic evening. Get down on one knee at the inland side of the bridge, and you’ll greet those Bay Area views flowing in—leaving your heart here will be as easy as one-two-three.

Nice Places to Get Engaged at a Lake or River 

With a lake as beautiful as Tahoe, there's no way your proposal is going to fail. The romance is always alive in Lake Tahoe.

12. Lake Tahoe

Much like Big Bear, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination to profess your love. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride and confess your love to your partner. Better yet, take advantage of a quiet moment on a ski lift in winter. Alternatively, you can sunbathe or paddle around in a kayak when summer rolls around—everything’s more romantic with the sun shining above.

13. Yosemite National Park

The Golden State’s national parks offer a special kind of romance. Yosemite, for example, stands out thanks to majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking rustic beauty. For a private moment, suggest a romantic picnic for two down by the Merced River. Find a spot, make yourselves comfortable, and get ready to be mesmerized by the crystal-clear swirling waters. And when the time is right, you’ll have the singing river helping you make the moment truly unforgettable. Now that is a good place to get engaged.

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