10 Best Places to Propose in South Dakota (2024)

Home / VDR.com Blog

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 monuments, rivers, lakes, parks, gardens, waterfalls, 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
  • Sioux Falls
  • Custer State Park
  • Black Elk Peak
  • Spearfish Canyon
  • Beautiful Lakes and Rivers
  • Missouri River
  • Black Hills Lake
  • Lake Kampeska
  • Outdoor Gardens and Parks to Propose in South Dakota
  • Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove - Sioux Falls
  • Badlands National Park
  • Best Places to Propose in South Dakota


Romantic Locations in South Dakota

1. Mount Rushmore

Proposing at the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial can be a truly memorable experience. Choose a quiet spot with a view of the monument, such as the Grand View Terrace, and propose against the backdrop of the famous presidential faces carved into the granite cliff.


2. Sioux Falls

The namesake city of Sioux Falls is home to a beautiful waterfall on the Big Sioux River, as well as parks, trails, and gardens. Consider proposing at Falls Park, where you can enjoy views of the waterfall and the city skyline.



Suzanne was amazing! I utilized the layaway service and it was a breeze. Ring made its way to Texas and was even more gorgeous in person."
 Chloe G verified buyer

3. Custer State Park

This expansive state park in the Black Hills offers stunning scenery, including granite peaks, pine forests, and rolling plains. Consider proposing at one of the park's scenic overlooks, such as Sylvan Lake or Needles Highway, or during a hike on one of the park's trails.


4. Black Elk Peak

Formerly known as Harney Peak, Black Elk Peak is the highest point in South Dakota's Black Hills. Consider proposing at the summit, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forests.


5. Spearfish Canyon

This scenic canyon in the northern Black Hills features towering limestone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Consider proposing at one of the canyon's waterfalls, such as Bridal Veil Falls or Roughlock Falls, or during a hike along one of the canyon's trails.


Beautiful Lakes and Rivers

6. Missouri River

As one of the longest rivers in North America, the Missouri River flows through South Dakota, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities. Consider proposing during a sunset cruise on the river or at one of the riverside parks, such as Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton.


7. Black Hills Lakes

The Black Hills region is dotted with picturesque lakes surrounded by pine forests and granite peaks. Consider proposing at one of the lakeside campgrounds or beaches, such as Sylvan Lake or Pactola Reservoir, where you can enjoy the tranquility of the water and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.


8. Lake Kampeska

Located near Watertown in northeastern South Dakota, Lake Kampeska offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and water sports. Consider proposing at one of the lakeside parks or beaches, such as Sandy Shore State Park, with views of the sunset over the water.



I've purchased two vintage rings from Suzanne over the past decade and my wife has loved both. Great service, communication and speedy delivery.”

 Lee S verified buyer

Outdoor Gardens and Parks to Propose in South Dakota

South Dakota is full of romantic gardens, and parks. 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. Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove - Sioux Falls

This botanical garden features a variety of tropical plants and hundreds of butterflies in a lush indoor environment. Consider proposing in the tranquil surroundings of the garden, surrounded by colorful flowers and fluttering butterflies. A photographer could arrange to be on hand to discreetly capture the special “yes” moment.


10. Badlands National Park

The otherworldly landscapes of Badlands National Park provide a dramatic backdrop for a proposal. Consider proposing at one of the park's overlooks, such as Panorama Point or Pinnacles Overlook, or during a scenic drive through the park.


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.


Vintage Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of vintage engagement rings today!

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.
Press Love:

Thrive Global

Art Deco Emerald Ring

Contact Suzanne

If you love vintage or eco-friendly jewelry please feel free to contact Suzanne or browse our collection of eco-friendly vintage engagement rings.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published