Your engagement story is one that will be retold for years to come, so you’ll want to make it as special as possible. That includes picking the perfect location to drop to one knee. Fortunately, there are spectacular locations throughout the Northeast to choose from. Here are 10 spots perfect for a marriage proposal.
Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen, N.Y.
If magical is what you’re aiming for, you’ll need an otherworldly setting. Watkins Glen State Park is just the place. The glen’s stream descends 400 feet, creating 19 different waterfalls along its course. The result is breathtaking scenery. The gorge path winds over and under these waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. There are also rim trails that overlook the gorge.
New York, N.Y.
Central Park may not be the most original proposal site, but there’s a reason it’s so popular – there’s not a bad patch in the entire 843 acres. You can choose to pop the question in one of its wide-open settings such as Sheep Meadow or the Great Lawn, or opt for a particularly romantic attraction like the Bethesda Terrace Arcade, Bow Bridge or Belvedere Castle.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
To get jaw-dropping views of New York City’s skyline, you may be tempted to search for the highest skyscraper perch. But to get the best sight of Manhattan, you should hop over to the other side of the East River. Brooklyn Bridge Park offers visitors sweeping views of the harbor, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Woods Hole, Mass.
This Cape Cod peninsula was established as a nature preserve more than 40 years ago. Yet it’s still somewhat of a hidden gem. The 12-acre property contains numerous trails that provide sights of Buzzards Bay and Quissett Harbor. The main attraction is the outermost stretch of ground, where the land elevates to provide spectacular, far-reaching waterfront views – a picture-perfect spot to get down on one knee.
Coos County, N.H.
On a clear day, views from Mount Washington’s 6,288-foot summit can reach as far as Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Hiking the mountain is no easy feat though. It takes an average of five hours each way and should only be done if you’re an experienced hiker. Fortunately, there are much easier ways to reach the top. The Mount Washington Auto Road allows you to drive to the top as you pass through four distinct climate zones. If you’re looking for something a little more charming, try the Mount Washington Cog Railway.
If your significant other is a history buff, the Cliff Walk may be the best proposal site. This 3.5-mile trail wraps around Newport’s shore. The path is famous for combining the natural beauty of the Easton Bay with the architectural history of Newport’s gilded age. You’ll walk past the numerous mansions that make up this National Historic District.
Acadia National Park
Hancock & Knox counties, Maine
U.S. National Parks contain some of the country’s most beautiful settings, and Acadia is no different. The park includes seven peaks above 1,000 feet, 158 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads with 16 stone bridges. But for a truly unique setting try Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the eastern coast of the United States. Between October and March, Cadillac is the first spot in the country to see the sunrise. See our Acadia National Park guide.
Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
Strolling through the Bartlett is like being transported directly into a Robert Frost poem. The destination’s miles of trails take visitors past immaculate gardens, majestic trees, colonial stonewalls and pristine wetlands. With more than 90 acres to explore, you’ll be sure to find the perfect spot to pop the question.
Lighthouse Point Park
New Haven, Conn.
The eponymous lighthouse is a postcard-worthy sight. However, the park’s most famous attraction is its carousel. Built in the early 1900s, the carousel is one of less than 100 of its kind in use today. It’s housed in a building on the beach shores, providing a picturesque setting overlooking the Long Island Sound.
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The post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.