10 Best Places to Propose in Iowa (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



Iowa is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for bridges, parks, gardens, natural scenic beauty, or good food and wine, there’s a beautiful spot to create a lifetime of memories. This guide describes some of the best places in Iowa to ask that special woman or man to marry you.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic Locations in Iowa
  • Bridges of Madison County
  • Iowa State Capital
  • Beautiful lakes
  • Clear lake
  • Iowa great lakes
  • Outdoor locations to propose in Iowa
  • Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical gardens
  • Maquoketa Caves State park
  • Salisbury House & Gardens
  • John and Mary PapaJohn Sculpture park
  • Django
  • Pines Peak State park
  • Best places to propose in Iowa


Romantic Locations in Iowa

1. Bridges of Madison County

Famous for its covered bridges, Madison County provides a nostalgic and picturesque setting for a proposal, especially during the autumn season.


2. Iowa State Capitol

The grounds of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines are adorned with elegant architecture and well-maintained gardens, making it an ideal location for a grand proposal. 


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Beautiful Lakes

3. Clear Lake

Known as one of Iowa's most beautiful natural lakes, Clear Lake offers opportunities for a waterfront proposal with stunning sunset views.Instead of asking this ultimate question verbally, make a visual proposal by spelling out “Will You Marry Me?” in a unique way.


4. Iowa Great Lakes

If you and your partner enjoy water activities and picturesque lakefront views, the Iowa Great Lakes region offers multiple charming spots for a romantic proposal. 


Outdoor Locations to Propose in Iowa

Iowa is full of romantic gardens, trails, and mountains. 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.

5. Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

With its vibrant floral displays and serene atmosphere, this botanical garden in Dubuque sets the stage for a romantic and intimate proposal. 


6. Maquoketa Caves State Park

For adventurous couples, proposing within the enchanting caves and limestone formations of Maquoketa Caves State Park can be an unforgettable experience.


7. Salisbury House & Gardens - Des Moines

This historic house and estate feature beautiful gardens and art collections, providing a romantic and visually stunning setting for your proposal..


8. John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Situated in the heart of Des Moines, this modern outdoor art park offers a contemporary backdrop for a proposal, surrounded by unique sculptures. A photographer could arrange to be on hand to discreetly capture the special “yes” moment.


9. Django - Des Moines

This upscale restaurant in Des Moines offers delicious French cuisine in an elegant and intimate setting, perfect for a romantic proposal.


10. Pikes Peak State Park

This beautiful state park in McGregor offers stunning views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding bluffs, creating a breathtaking backdrop for a romantic proposal. 


Best Places to Propose in Iowa

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, Iowa 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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