10 Best Places to Propose in South Dakota (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



South Dakota is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for beautiful mountains, lakes, parks, 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 South Dakota to ask that special person to marry you.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic Locations in South Dakota
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Falls Park - Sioux Falls
  • Spearfish Canyon
  • Beautiful Lakes
  • Sylvan Lake - Custer State Park
  • Pactola Lake
  • Outdoor Locations to Propose in South Dakota
  • Badlands National Park
  • Prairie Berry Winery
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Palisades State Park
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Sertoma Butterfly Cave & Marine Cove - Sioux Falls
  • Best Places to Propose in South Dakota


Romantic Locations in South Dakota

1. Mount Rushmore

This iconic national monument provides a breathtaking backdrop for your proposal. The evening lighting ceremony can add a touch of magic to the moment.


2. Falls Park - Sioux Falls

The falls themselves and the beautiful park surrounding them create a lovely atmosphere for a proposal in the heart of Sioux Falls. Falls Park has several picturesque spots for a proposal. The Falls Overlook Cafe, the Falls Observation Tower, or the walking paths along the Big Sioux River are all great options.


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3. Spearfish Canyon

This picturesque canyon offers cascading waterfalls and serene forested areas that are perfect for a romantic proposal. A photographer could arrange to be on hand to discreetly capture the special “yes” moment.


Beautiful Lakes

3. Sylvan Lake - Custer State Park 

Sylvan Lake is a stunning gem nestled in the Black Hills. The calm waters, surrounding granite peaks, and charming stone structures make it a dreamy spot for a proposal.


4. Pactola Lake

Located in the Black Hills, Pactola Lake is the largest reservoir in the state. Its serene waters, surrounded by forested hills, provide a tranquil backdrop for a romantic proposal.


Outdoor Locations to Propose in South Dakota

South Dakota is full of romantic gardens, parks, and mountains. These are some especially romantic and fun locations for a proposal on a romantic walk, viewing parks or enjoying a glass of wine or champagne in a secluded spot for the perfect proposal.

5. Badlands National Park

The rugged landscapes and unique rock formations make for an unforgettable proposal spot, especially during sunrise or sunset.


6. Prairie Berry Winery

Consider proposing in the vineyards or tasting room of this winery in the Black Hills, where you can celebrate your engagement with a glass of local wine. Proposing at Prairie Berry Winery can be a beautiful and memorable experience, combining the romance of the winery's ambiance with your love and commitment to each other.


7. Crazy Horse Memorial

Similar to Mount Rushmore but less crowded, the Crazy Horse Memorial provides a serene setting for a proposal. The Crazy Horse Memorial is set against the backdrop of the Black Hills, providing a stunning natural setting for your proposal. The beauty of the surrounding landscape adds to the overall romantic atmosphere.


8. Palisades State Park

Located in eastern South Dakota, this park features striking rock formations and the serene Split Rock Creek, making it an excellent place for a proposal.


9. Wind Cave National Park

Explore the underground world of Wind Cave and then pop the question in one of the park's scenic areas. Wind Cave National Park is known for its unique natural beauty, including intricate cave formations, prairie landscapes, and diverse wildlife. Proposing in such a stunning environment can create a backdrop that's both breathtaking and unforgettable.


10. Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove - Sioux Falls

This enchanting butterfly house and marine cove features lush gardens filled with tropical plants and beautiful butterflies, making it a delightful place for a proposal.


Best Places to Propose in South Dakota

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, South Dakota 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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