Coney Island, New York
Step right up to free-wheeling fun when you get engaged at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Brightly colored murals, gravity-defying rides and kaleidoscopic graphics all lend to a lively and exciting atmosphere. This is a great escape for couples with a sense of humor or those who would love to ham it up for the camera post-engagement.
North Avenue Beach, Chicago
Chicago isn't usually synonymous with sun and sand, but the Windy City's North Avenue Beach is a pretty sweet spot that combines an industrial and natural vibe for dynamic, metro-minded couples. On the waters of Lake Michigan with a glittery skyline in the background, the beach is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Plus, there's Navy Pier nearby with its impressive 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel.
Roxborough State Park, Denver
The best proposals are surprises—right? Go for a scenic hike in Denver's Roxborough State Park and you might not imagine your partner is preparing to go down on one knee. The stunning red sandstone formations will give you plenty to gaze at when not getting lost in each other's eyes. Visitors can expect to experience some rare animal sightings and will be wowed by a fun red footbridge on one of the trails.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami
This European-inspired garden in the heart of the Magic City combines architectural interest with naturally lush landscapes, perfect for a romantic outdoor rendezvous. Amid towering trees and colorful stones, there are plenty of ocean views to take in as you're enjoying the grounds pre- and post-proposal.
It's hard not to fall in love with Nantucket, especially when you're there with the person you most adore. Steps Beach is particularly charming with a long, dramatic descent to breathtaking Nantucket Sound and Great Point. Later in the summer, catch a glimpse of the enchanting bioluminescent creatures glowing in the water after sunset. Though they won't hold a candle to that new ring on your finger.
Zilker Botanical Gardens, Austin, Texas
You're never more than a few steps away from a tranquil waterfall or gorgeous green backdrop in Austin's Zilker Botanical Gardens. Aside from the forestlike getaway in the middle of the city, there's tons of surrounding fun, from live music to hopping bars and restaurants. After a romantic stroll around the gardens, see where the day takes you and your new fiancé.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
There's something so utterly exotic about art. And getting engaged surrounded by world-renowned sculptures and paintings is the epitome of timeless romanticism. If you're in the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the obvious choice. With historic sites like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall a long walk (or short drive) away, there's no shortage of cultural hotspots. If you're a museum-obsessed couple though, the Rodin Museum is also in the vicinity, along with international restaurants to cater to any taste.
Gerald D. Hines Water Wall, Houston
What's more magical than water rushing all around you? You don't have to hike into some cavernous jungle arm in arm with your beau to feel so exhilarated. Among soaring high-rises and contemporary restaurants, Houston's Gerald D. Hines Water Wall is a breathtaking setting within a stone's throw of modern conveniences. Engagement photos can capture the two of you in front of a 64-foot, U-shaped fountain, kissing while surrounded by ethereal mist.
Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte couples who love taking their commitment to new heights will find an ideal ambiance at Carolinas Aviation Museum. Lindsay Rowell, a Chancey Charm Charlotte wedding planner, recommends lunch or dinner at Fahrenheit in Uptown before or after a museum proposal. Take lovey-dovey pics in front of commercial, civil, and military aircraft old and new.
Harpers Ferry, Maryland
Everything is a little more beautiful when you're in love. That includes our country's many magnificent national parks. Take Harpers Ferry in Maryland, right where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. After popping the question at a uniquely situated vista like Maryland Heights, stroll hand-in-hand through quaint streets, significant battlefields, or nearby museums. Pack a picnic and you may never want to leave.