So, you’ve decided to follow Beyonce’s advice and “put a ring on it.” Great. Now, before you run to your partner’s side, sputtering non-sensible words while trying to catch your breath from excitement, consider your presentation. In theory, this moment should only happen once and will be remembered often for the rest of your lives. Families, friends, and curious coworkers will constantly ask for details regarding how and where such a proposition occurred. Most likely, the two of you will recall the moment fondly. But what if you could just make it a little more special? A little more…dangerous? If desiring such, this article may offer the conditions and locations you seek for the occasion.
Whitaker Point, Arkansas
Whether it functions as a place to share a smooch, or to propose the “official” beginning of your lives together, Hawksbill Crag/Whitaker Point in Arkansas provides the platform for those romantic moments that couples crave. The craggy rock modestly projects outwards from the mountainside overlooking the forests of oak and ash trees covering the Ozarks. As the awe subsides from your partner’s face, reveal the ring. The hike and surprise will have them swooning like an oak tree delighted by a cool breeze.
The world offers some pretty spectacular waterfalls. Choosing just one to propose at really cheats the rest of them. How does one decide between Seljalandsfoss in Iceland and Iguaza Falls in Brazil? And what about Niagara Falls in the United States? Whichever fall you visit, the sight of water crashing over rocky ledges and plummeting hundreds of feet into pools will be an incredible and exciting experience. Many people refer to getting married as “taking the plunge,” an intimidating phrasing for abandoning bachelorhood/bachelorette-hood for something ELSE. However, watching the water dive from its narrow confines towards a larger source may comfort any second-guessers.
Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico
Looking for something a little more magical for the occasion? Then maybe Bioluminescent Bay can supply you with the ideal setting. With each splash from your kayak paddle, the water brightens into a greenish-blue neon color glowing like something out of Neverland. The “magic” is created by thousands of tiny organisms called dinoflagellates that light up when disturbed. But if you prefer a more fantastical explanation, then just imagine these creatures as Peter Pan characters throwing fairy dust everywhere. On a side note, please refrain from swimming in or using DEET at Bioluminescent Bay because the chemicals harm the dinoflagellates, AKA fairies.
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota Alright, it’s a bit tame and touristy, but Mount Rushmore represents commitment. The sculpted faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln have sat with heads together, gazing into the distance since 1939. A unity of one, these four presidents coexist from sunrise to sunset without a flinch regarding their current positions. Sure, they have their differences, but they make it work.
If you both enjoy pedaling long distances together, then plan a bicycling trip that ends with a proposal and possibly a tandem. Plenty of routes and trails exist all over the world for cyclists. Riding down the west coast of the United States presents travelers with constantly changing landscapes which include everything from the mountainous regions of Washington to the thick Redwood forests of northern California. Or, maybe a tour of Europe where the languages and traditions change as fast as you two can pedal through the borders. Using the tandem mentioned in the first sentence would be a great way to suggest the idea. Just roll up and say “I can’t ride this alone…”
Honey Bee Sanctuary
Why propose at a bee sanctuary? First of all, witnessing the act of pollination between honey bees and flowers provides couples with an example of a relationship where both parties benefit. This symbiotic partnership shows the importance of being open and receptive with your spouse. Honey bees also demonstrate all the conventional qualities that maintain strong marriages: commitment, familial appreciation, home development, responsibility and the promise to always return after leaving the hive for food. Besides, they produce the sweet substance you and your partner will be exchanging as a term of endearment: Honey.
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rainier presents the challenge an engagement between climbers deserves. It will be a rewarding experience where you two must depend on your strengths, and recognize each other’s weaknesses. Being alert, supportive and understanding in conditions that change rapidly are qualities that will help you two reach the summit without the relationship erupting like this stratovolcano could do at any moment.
Synchronous Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
During the middle of June, the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee become illuminated by the synchronized flashing of fireflies. The experts say this demonstration attracts potential partners. Within weeks of mating, the adult couples die, leaving a generation to continue the species. Nature can be a tragic director at times. Despite the Romeo and Juliet like ending, fireflies sparking through the warm night in search of romance may be the best lighting a proposal could have.
Lord of the Rings Hikes in New Zealand
Let’s take this ring offering where it belongs: Middle Earth. Sure, hikes lead to proposal circumstances all the time, but come on, this event deserves Gandalf’s blessing. Imagine journeying beside your partner through the same landscapes where Frodo and Sam frolicked among fellow hobbits, fended off Gollum’s temptation, and bonded over their duties to each other. It is truly an epic adventure for two. Whether you choose to propose on Mount Sunday (Edoras, the capital of Rohan) or Kaitoke Regional Park (Rivendell and the Fords of Isen), New Zealand provides some fantastic settings.
For couples with a more morbid sense of romance consider getting engaged in Pompeii, Italy. The city remains a popular destination for those interested in seeing the bodies sealed in ash from the eruption of Vesuvius. Indeed, this scene will reek of macabre to some visitors. However, the figures huddled together reveal a human desire for companionship even as the sky blackened with smoke and debris rained down on beholders. Obviously, some storytelling is necessary, but if you’re into the macabre, Pompeii could be the perfect site for your next engagement.