Most people probably don’t realize how beautiful and geographically diverse the South is. It has mountains, beaches, swamps, lakes, and practically everything in-between. For lovebirds, there are plenty of spots that are perfect for popping the big question. That’s right--professing your undying love, tying the knot, proposing--whatever you want to call it, the South has some really great and romantic places where your significant other would be crazy to turn you down. Places like:
Rock City: Chattanooga, TN
Sure, Rock City can be a little campy, and the red barns are a little childish, but this park has one of the best views you’ll ever see. Perched atop Lookout mountain, this natural attraction has plenty of high perches and isolated nooks that will set the perfect stage for your proposal.
SkyView: Atlanta, GA
There’s something special about being suspended in mid-air above a city. SkyView is a giant ferris wheel that will put you right in the middle of the South’s most diverse metropolis.
Pier: Destin, FL
Because Destin is on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s one of the few beaches in the South where you can witness a coastal sunset. The pier jets out into Florida’s tranquil and turquoise waters. Don’t let the pelicans steal you ring!
Historic Squares: Savannah, GA
Savannah is an old city with tons of beautiful antebellum architecture and nature parks. The Historic Squares are magical, and they’re the perfect place to propose.
Plantation of Live Oaks: Charleston, SC
You won’t believe these trees until you see them. Massive oaks extend along an old avenue and set the perfect stage for your romantic rendezvous.
Disney World: Orlando, FL
Yes, Disney World is a little cliche, but it’s also really magical. I mean, it’s literally called the Magic Kingdom. Whether you’d like to propose under the castle, with the assistance of Mickey, or in the middle of the Tower of Terror, there are plenty of options to spice things up a bit.
Biltmore Estate: Asheville, NC
This place has practically anything young lovers could want. The house is amazing, the winery is romantic, and the mountains are idyllic. Romance abounds around this legendary residence.
St. Louis Cathedral: New Orleans, LA
What a picturesque and beautiful church in the Deep South! Inside or outside, it has legit romantic pull. Bonus points, considering you could propose, then walk into the church and get married in one swoop!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Cade’s Cove, TN
Cade’s Cove is an historic pioneer town smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Choose any number of hikes, walks, rivers, or grassy fields to help set the scene for you.
Natural Bridge: Red River Gorge, KY
The Red River Gorge is a beautiful natural phenomenon that attracts outdoors-people from all over the globe. The jewel of the place is the Natural Bridge--a completely stone walkway that naturally formed over millions of years. Don’t go if you’re afraid of heights!
Whether you live in the South or not, there are plenty of places to go to help get the mood just right before you propose to the love of your life. Don’t forget to stay a while when you’re down here. Southern hospitality can’t be beaten!