The perfect proposal is all about figuring out what will make your future fiancé feel loved and understood. And who better to know what your partner would want than you? So, if you’ve got a nature-loving partner who you’re looking to propose to, we’ve got some insider knowledge just for you.
We’ve put together a list of the top 5 proposal destinations for adventurous couples. Get those knees warmed up and get your ring in your back pocket because it’s time to propose.
Let Nature’s Bounty Be Your Backdrop: Yosemite National Park
If you’re looking for a picture-perfect backdrop for your proposal, look no further than Yosemite National Park. Located in northern California, Yosemite is home to some of the most spectacular views and sites. From waterfalls, to breathtaking cliffs, to giant sequoias, you can take your pick when it comes to the backdrop for your proposal.
Where to Stay: The Ahwahnee
After the proposal, surprise your loved one with a room at The Ahwahnee. The historic charm of the lodge will keep the romance going after you’ve popped the question. From the lodge, you can see views of waterfalls and sheer cliffs. You’ll also have amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, a comfortable bar for getting drinks in the evening, and a gift shop full of things made by local artisans so you can take something home and commemorate your special trip.
All Aboard the Houseboat: Lake Powell
If you’re looking for a private getaway without sacrificing any of the comforts of home while in nature, look no further than a private houseboat on Lake Powell. With over 2,000 miles of shoreline, you can propose at sunset on the top deck of your houseboat, or organize a private picnic in a secluded cove. Be sure to bring the bubbly for when your partner says yes.
Whether you’re cruising around North Lake Powell or South Lake Powell, there are plenty of places to anchor and hike in for fantastic views of nature. In the north, you’ll find Aleson Arch, where you can park the boat and take an easy hike up to the mesa. If you’re in the south, one of the most picturesque spots in the whole park is Rainbow Bridge.
Where to Stay: A Houseboat
If you want to be on the water for your proposal, there’s truly no better, more private, or romantic option than your own houseboat. Houseboats are available to rent at Wahweap or Bullfrog marinas with local expert training and tips to get you set up for a successful trip.
Snuggled in Dark Greenery: Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is home to glacier-capped mountains, valleys of dark green forests, hot springs, rugged Pacific coastline, and the only rainforest in the contiguous United States. If you’re looking for a bit of drama for the backdrop of your proposal, you’ll want to try the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. Along the trail, you’ll find a variety of big and small falls.
Another option within the park is Kalaloch Beach. This area is a favorite of visitors as it shows off the rugged coastline and is home to lots of sea creatures. This is the perfect spot to set up for your sunset proposal and to get the perfect photo.
Where to Stay: Sol Duc Hot Springs
Don’t let the romance end just because the proposal is over—book a night at Sol Duc Hot Springs. At the resort, you can stay in a private cabin and take dips in the relaxing hot springs. Onsite amenities include dining and a gift shop.
Postcard-Worthy Backdrop: Lake Tahoe
There are few places as picturesque as Lake Tahoe. With crystal clear water and pebbled beaches, any photo you take will definitely be worthy of being framed. For your proposal, you’ll want to book a spot on the sunset dinner cruise. This cruise will take you out on the lake where you’ll get to enjoy the rainbow of colors as the sun dips below the horizon and create the perfect backdrop for your proposal.
Where to Stay: Zephyr Cove Resort
After your proposal, head back to your private cabin at the Zephyr Cove Resort. The cabins are just steps from the beach, marina, and restaurant. Your cabin will have a private bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and a gas fireplace. Be sure to request a cabin with lake views for a truly perfect stay.
Surrounded by Ancient Giants: Glacier Bay National Park
There’s more to Alaska than snow. During the summer, you can visit Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, which is located near the state’s capital, Juneau. This national park and World Heritage Site is a 3.3 million acre treasure, full of glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, and abundant wildlife.
If you’re looking to propose near water, or on frozen water, this is the place to go. You can set up to make your proposal on top of a glacier or during a guided kayak trip along the pristine coastline. Or, book a private flightseeing tour and present the ring while flying high in the sky and looking down over the magnificent mountains.
Where to Stay: Glacier Bay Lodge
Located near Bartlett Cove, nestled among the spruce trees, you’ll find Glacier Bay Lodge. As the only hotel accommodations in the park, staying here gives you premium access to all of the park activities. You’ll also get spectacular sunset views of the Fairweather Mountain range and on-site dining.
If you’re planning a proposal and are looking for ways to go all out for your adventure-loving, outdoorsy partner, we hope our top 5 proposal destinations have inspired you. The perfect proposal spot is out there, it’s just about knowing exactly what your future fiancé will love the most.