Popping the question can be a very nerve-wracking experience, but in the midst of planning your proposal, you should never underestimate the importance of location. When you ask your special someone to marry you, it should be an unforgettable experience that you will fondly tell family and friends about for years to come. Create the perfect setting by whisking your partner away on an exotic vacation, and declaring your love for them in a beautiful and romantic location. To help you find the right place to ask that important question, here are some of the best destinations to visit to get a ‘yes’!
For a wonderfully romantic setting, the sunrises in Bagan are astoundingly surreal. This ancient city was once home to 10,000 Buddhist monasteries, temples and pagodas. There are still thousands of temples you can explore, however the best feature of them is the view you get at the top as the sun rises. Travel to one of the temples early in the morning when the area is still pitch black. One of the best views is from the patios of the beautiful Lawkaoushaug Temple which is usually not overcrowded with lots of tourists. Be mezmerized as you watch the sun rise and transform the ancient metropolis of Bagan into a blissfully golden landscape. While soaking in the atmosphere, this is the perfect opportunity to get down on one knee and pop the question. The best time to visit Bagan is between November and February.
Trolltunga, Skjeggedal, Norway
If your partner loves outdoor adventures and isn't afraid of heights, then take them for a hike to the scenic Trolltunga. The trail is physically demanding but you will be rewarded with unforgettably gorgeous views of turquoise lakes and huge towering fjords along the way. Trolltunga translates to 'Trolls Tongue' and is a breathtaking cliff rock which extends over 700 meters above the stunning lake Ringedalsvatnet. Get your heart racing before you've even proposed by walking to the edge of the cliff to get a full view of the impressive scenery that surrounds you. To access Trolltunga safely, you will need to visit between mid-June and mid-September.
New York City, USA
New York City offers an abundance of romantic settings, so it's no wonder that this is a favorable location for proposals. If you're seeking a picturesque proposal in a natural environment, take your special someone for a stroll through one of New York's many breathtaking parks, such as Central Park or The Highline. In the summer you can rent a paddleboat or hire a gondola from Central Park's Loeb Boathouse, so you can propose while basking in the glorious sunshine. There are also many classic spots in New York if you want to make a legendary big statement proposal. The Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge all provide stunning views of the iconic city, and are the perfect backdrop for when you get down on one knee.
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Visit the remote area of Nambia's NamibRand Nature Reserve, which is one of the naturally darkest places on Earth. Witness the beautiful landscape of red sand dunes, spectacular mountains and stunning wildlife in all their glory during the daytime. Then wait until the sun sets to reveal a gorgeous starry night before proposing to your significant other.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast in Italy is considered a very romantic location for proposals, weddings and honeymoons. It's no surprise, as there are several places which provide a wonderful backdrop for a couple to declare their love. You'll easily find a great spot to pop the question just by walking round. However if you want to thoroughly plan it out beforehand, consider a boat trip to the Tunnel of Love or walking along the Sentieri degli Dei (Path of Gods) for breathtaking panoramic views.
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Udaipur was first dubbed as 'the most romantic spot on the continent of India' in 1829 by Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod, the first political agent in the region for the East India Company. To this day, it still provides an unrivalled romantic setting in India, thanks to its range of ornate palaces, fantastic temples and overwhelmingly stunning Havelis. Soak in the atmosphere of the city's natural charm and take your pick of where to propose. From a tranquil boat ride on the lake to a stroll through the countryside, there are endless romantic opportunities to declare your true feelings to your special someone.
Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Arches National Park is another great place to propose if you enjoy the outdoors. With more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, the red rock formations are a gorgeous beautiful setting for an engagement. Among the amazing geological formations is the impressive red-hued Delicate Arch, which provides breathtaking views of the La Sal Mountains. This is the most widely recognized landmark in the park, so you may encounter a lot of tourists. If you seek a more intimate location, the Double Arch and Double O Arch are also great spots to propose.
No list of proposal locations would be complete without including Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Eiffel Tower is a beautiful landmark that is highly recognized as a symbol of love as well as being a great backdrop for proposals. Take your loved one to Champ de Mars and propose directly in front of the iron structure. Then celebrate with a classic French picnic on the grass that stretches below the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively take your loved one to the ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge, and propose during the evening as the sun sets to create a picturesque proposal.
Príncipe Island, São Tomé and Príncipe
If you're a seeking an intimate place to propose without the hoards of tourists, Principe Island is the perfect spot for a gorgeous romantic setting. The seductive tropical backdrop and deserted beaches will provide you with plenty of privacy as well as stunning views, as you pop the question. Visit between June and September and stay at Bom Bom Island Resort, which features beautiful beach hut accommodation near the calm Atlantic Ocean.
Travelling to the end of the world to declare your love to your partner is a spectacular romantic gesture. Have an unforgettable experience as you set sail for a long voyage across the empty Southern Ocean and tentatively look out for the first glimpse of snow-covered land. For a truly intimate and special way to propose to the one you love, you can't find anywhere more remote and hauntingly beautiful than Antarctica. There is only a very short summer season on this continent, so travel here between November and March so you can enjoy up to 20 hours of sunlight a day.