Romantic love has long been inspired by nature. In the early 19th century, the artistic movement known as Romanticism sought to locate truth and beauty in the wonders of the natural world. It’s no coincidence that so many of the metaphors and images of romantic love – flowers, sunsets, sparkling diamonds, and stars – are from the observation of nature. For nature lovers who also happen to be in love, what better location than a sublime mountain vista or pacific sunset to finally pop that question? Without further ado, we give you the five most romantic proposal spots in North America:
Niagara Falls State Park, New York
Your heart is overflowing with love and Niagara Falls is overflowing with water – some 80,000 cubic feet of it every second. Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest and one of the most iconic state parks in the United States. It also appears to have been made for popping the question: one of the main falls is even called Bridal Veil Falls. If you’re going to propose at Niagara Falls, we suggest you do it now because in 50,000 years the Falls will cease to exist when erosion causes it to retreat into Lake Erie. Love fades. So do waterfalls.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a storybook land populated by age-old giants known as coastal redwoods. The huge old-growth forest contains numerous 1,000 year old trees measuring upwards of 300 feet. The canopy of the redwood forest is so dense that it blots out the sun, leaving a dark and lush undergrowth of mosses and ferns. If your idea of a romantic spot is Narnia or Middle Earth then Humboldt is for you. What says everlasting commitment better than a 1,000 year old tree?
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
Smith Rock is believed to be the birth place of modern rock climbing. The centerpiece of the park, Smith Rock, features outstanding views of the Meandering River and surrounding Cascade Mountains. Imagine you and your beaux are rock climbers and decide to do a tandem climb up world-famous Morning Glory Wall. You’re 200 feet up a vertical rock face when suddenly your sweetheart turns to you and pops the question. Depending on the answer, the remaining climb to the top is either the most exhilarating or worst of all time.
John Pennekamp State Park, Florida
John Pennekamp was the first of its kind: 70 nautical miles of crystal clear water, coral reefs, and tropical marine life. You can probably guess where we’re going with this: underwater proposal time! It would be like the Little Mermaid minus the part where Ursula tries to crash the wedding by drowning everybody. Imagine swimming along, admiring the sea life, and all of a sudden your significant other hands you some beautiful tropical seashell. You open it up – yes, it just happens to be hinged -and there’s a sparking wedding ring inside. Watch out for barracudas, because they’re attracted to bling – seriously.