10 Best Places to Propose in California (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



California is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for beaches, vineyards, bridges, parks, lakes, piers or good food and wine, there’s a beautiful spot to create a lifetime of memories. But where, exactly, should that most important question be asked? This guide describes some of the best places in California to ask that special person to marry you.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic Locations in California
  • Big Sur
  • Malibu
  • San Francisco
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Beautiful Parks and Beaches
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Santa Barbara
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Outdoor Vineyards and Towns To Propose in California
  • Napa Valley
  • Laguna Beach
  • Best Places to Propose in California


Romantic Locations in California

1. Big Sur

Big Sur's dramatic cliffs and breathtaking ocean views make it an idyllic setting for a proposal. The iconic Bixby Creek Bridge is a particularly stunning spot, offering panoramic views of the rugged coastline.


2. Malibu

Malibu's beautiful beaches and luxurious atmosphere make it an ideal location for a romantic proposal. El Matador Beach, with its dramatic rock formations and secluded coves, is a particularly picturesque spot, especially at sunset. Malibu's beautiful beaches and luxurious atmosphere make it an ideal location for a romantic proposal. 


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3. San Francisco

San Francisco's iconic landmarks and panoramic views of the Bay Area offer numerous picturesque spots for a proposal. The Golden Gate Bridge is a classic choice, providing a stunning and recognizable backdrop.


4. Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe's crystal-clear waters and alpine scenery create a serene and enchanting setting for a proposal. You could rent a private boat for a peaceful ride on the lake and propose on the water, or choose a a hike with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Lake Tahoe's natural beauty and tranquility make it a perfect location for a memorable proposal.


5. Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier combines classic California beach vibes with vibrant attractions, making it a fun and romantic proposal spot. You might propose at the top of the Ferris wheel, with the ocean and cityscape as your backdrop, or during a romantic walk along the beach at sunset. The lively atmosphere and stunning sunsets add a magical touch to your special moment.


Beautiful Parks and Beaches

6. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, with its majestic waterfalls, towering granite cliffs, and serene meadows, offers a stunning natural setting for a proposal. Consider proposing at Glacier Point, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Half Dome, or at the base of Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in North America.


7. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's Mediterranean-style architecture, beautiful beaches, and charming downtown area create a romantic and picturesque setting for a proposal. The historic Santa Barbara Courthouse, with its stunning architecture and lush gardens, is a particularly beautiful spot. You might also consider a sunset sail along the coast, with the waves and the sunset creating a perfect backdrop for your proposal.


8. Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, home to some of the largest trees in the world, offers a majestic and tranquil environment for a proposal. The Giant Forest, with its towering sequoias, provides a breathtaking backdrop for your special moment. 



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Outdoor Vineyards and Towns to Propose in California

California is full of romantic vineyards, and towns. These are some especially romantic locations for a proposal on a romantic walk, viewing gardens or enjoying a glass of wine or champagne in a secluded spot for the perfect proposal.

9. Napa Valley

Napa Valley's world-renowned vineyards and luxurious resorts provide a romantic and elegant backdrop for a proposal. You could arrange a private wine tasting at one of the many vineyards, followed by a stroll through the picturesque vineyards where you pop the question.


10. Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach in Orange County is renowned for its scenic beauty, including tide pools, coves, and art galleries. You might propose at Heisler Park, which offers panoramic ocean views and beautiful gardens, or on one of the many secluded coves along the coastline. The vibrant art scene and natural beauty make Laguna Beach a unique and enchanting proposal location.


Best Places to Propose in California

While it can be tempting to get wrapped up in elaborate proposal plans, sometimes the very best way to ask the question is a classic, heartfelt, on-one-knee moment. Whatever you and your soon-to-be fiance or fiancee enjoy, California has beautiful and memorable places to propose. Make one of these romantic locations your special place by proposing with the perfect vintage engagement ring.


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Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.
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