Thursday, May 23, 2024
Romance

11 Perfect Places to Propose for Queer Couples

You’ve met the absolute love of your life. You have good chemistry, support each other’s dreams and aspirations, and after dating, and meeting family and friends, the time comes to take that next step and pop the question.

Before you tie the knot or take that life-altering stroll down the aisle, you should consider asking for the love of your life’s hand in marriage in a breathtaking place to set the mood. Plan a trip to Paris to slip a ring on his, her, or their finger in on a sunset cruise in the Caribbean or while hiking along Diamond Head Crater on Oahu.

If you’re looking for more incredible thought starters, we pulled together a list of LGBTQ+-friendly places and destinations to pop the question around the world – from famous world-renown landmarks to natural wonders that offer all those fairytale feels. 

You provide the ring and we’ll provide the inspiration.

Paris

The Louvre in Paris (Photo Credit: AndreyKrav / iStock)
The Louvre in Paris (Photo Credit: AndreyKrav / iStock)

What’s a list of potential proposal locations, without the City of Love, Paris? While anywhere in the iconic city is already an Instagram-worthy moment, lovebirds can pop the bubbly with an Eiffel Tower proposal. Day or night, the cityscape in the foreground will make this proposal a romantic tale to share for years to come. Perhaps you can’t rent out the Louvre like the Carters, but for Beyonce lovers…a proposal at the Louvre would be a dream come true. 



Chicago

The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago (Photo Credit: Skydeck Chicago)
The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago (Photo Credit: Skydeck Chicago)

Pop the question taking in views of Chicago’s skyline 1,450 feet in the air while visiting The Ledge for the Skydeck Experience.  To make the experience even more special, private rentals and photographers are available to capture the moment. 




Tromsø, Norway

Aurora borealis above Trømso, Norway (Photo Credit: RelaxFoto.de / iStock)
Aurora borealis above Trømso, Norway (Photo Credit: RelaxFoto.de / iStock)

The celestial dance of green, pink, and purple skies serves as the perfect backdrop for an out-of-this-world proposal. While the Northern Lights are visible from multiple locations across the globe, Tromø is located in the heart of the aurora zone in the Norwegian Arctic and is regarded as one of the best places in the world to see the skies light up. Head to Northern Norway for the thriving nightlife and unique attractions that allow newly engaged couples to continue their post-proposal celebration. Afterward, you can celebrate with a culinary excursion to Trøndelag County.



Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa (Photo Credit: Thomas Bennie on Unsplash)
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa (Photo Credit: Thomas Bennie on Unsplash)

Whisk that special someone off to Cape Town, South Africa Table Mountain located in Cape Town, South Africa, also home to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Couples can take in the floral scenery or book a private cable car ride to the top of the mountain to bask in the natural landmark’s beauty while on bended knee. 



Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland (Photo Credit: Brendan Beale on Unsplash)
Baltimore, Maryland (Photo Credit: Brendan Beale on Unsplash)

You may not know it, but the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland is an astonishingly unique location to ask for someone’s hand in marriage. The library’s captivating architecture set the scene for you both to start the next chapter in your fairytale. Any nook throughout the cathedral library can become a memorable location for the couple. And if you’re a shotgun wedding couple, the library hosts weddings and has on-site catering services, but you will likely have to plan ahead to pull off a full-on wedding after a spontaneous proposal. 



Kalymnos, Greece

Kalymnos, Greece (Photo Credit: Mark on Unsplash)
Kalymnos, Greece (Photo Credit: Mark on Unsplash)

Anywhere in Greece could set the scene and be the idyllic backdrop for the perfect Insta-worthy proposal. For adventurous travelers, you may want to consider popping the question during an adventurous rock-climbing excursion in Kalymnos, an island in the southeast Aegean Sea, where beautiful sunsets and adrenaline-pumping adventures meet. 



Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grande Grotta, Kalymnos Island, Greece (Photo Credit: maximusstockphoto / iStock)
Grande Grotta, Kalymnos Island, Greece (Photo Credit: maximusstockphoto / iStock)

For a domestic U.S. location for rock climbing, you could choose to propose on the North Rim, a breathtaking setting in one of the most popular national parks in the U.S. This area of the Grand Canyon isn’t as crowded with tourists, making it perfect for a more intimate setting for a proposal. Alternatively, opt for a sunrise helicopter ride or a picnic for two to create an unexpected, but unforgettable moment.



Verona, Italy

Balcony of Juliet from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in Verona, Italy (Photo Credit: StrenghtOfFrame / iStock)
The balcony of Juliet from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” in Verona, Italy (Photo Credit: StrenghtOfFrame / iStock)

Italy is home to some of the most gorgeous and romantic locations, such as Lake Como, Venice, and Florence. Shakespeare fans can live out their Romeo and Juliet dreams – without the tragic ending – at Juliet’s Balcony in Verona. It’s located on the side of a home said to be the inspiration for the love tale. Go for a boat ride into a sea cave in the Blue Grotto on Capri or a stop along the nearby Amalfi Coast are two alternate romantic locations to consider asking your significant other’s hand in marriage. 



Portland, Maine

Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (Photo Credit: Jimmy Woo on Unsplash)
Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (Photo Credit: Jimmy Woo on Unsplash)

Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse with quaint vibes. Paired with the crashing waves and mystical skies along the nautical cityscape, the lighthouse gives an old-world ambiance that makes this a beautiful and intimate proposal location. 



Broomfield, England

Leeds Castle (Photo Credit: Ian Simpson on Unsplash)
Leeds Castle (Photo Credit: Ian Simpson on Unsplash)

Leeds Castle, in Kent, is a one-stop shop for the perfect fairytale proposal. Dubbed the loveliest Castle in the world, couples can add a little adventure with a treasure hunt, frolicking through a garden maze. The showstopper at this UK attraction is the fireworks that will sync to your favorite song during the proposal. 

Ronny Maye

North Carolina native, Ronny Maye is a freelance writer with a niche in travel, mental health and amplifying Black & marginalized voices. When she’s not traveling, Ronny spends her free time in the aisles of Target with her crew of little besties (godchildren, nieces & nephews) or toasting life with a French 75! She believes we all have the capacity to live rather than simply exist.

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