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You’ve found a gorgeous ring, planned a heartfelt speech and now all you have left is to find the perfect location before you get down on one knee. A wedding proposal is one of the most special moments in a couple’s life, which is why it needs to happen in a special place. The Smoky Mountains are home to many romantic spots that provide the right opportunity to pop the question. Check out the 20 best places for a proposal in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Gatlinburg Space Needle
If you’re looking for a spot with an incredible view for your marriage proposal, do it at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. The Space Needle is a 407-foot observation tower that offers breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountains. But the view won’t be the only thing taking her breath away when you get down on one knee. You can do it in the daytime or at night when the city is twinkling with lights.
2. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Pop the question surrounded by her favorite sea animals! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers a special proposal package that will help make your experience one that neither of you will ever forget. The big event will happen following one of the scheduled dive shows. After the dive show, the aquarium will reveal a proposal sign in the water for everyone to see. You’ll even get a picture of the moment and a Ripley’s gift to take back home!
3. Cades Cove
Cades Cove is one of the most beautiful places in the Smoky Mountains. Not only are the views wonderful, but there are old cabins and other structures, waterfalls and more! If you plan on proposing at Cades Cove but don’t want a huge crowd around, it’s best to do it in the early morning or evening.
4. The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is another incredible attraction that offers a special proposal package. You and the love of your life can get engaged on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, surrounded by the beauty of Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. There will be rose petals, candles and even a personalized song and photo with your name written in the background. You can also choose to propose in front the Island Show Fountains.
Anakeesta in itself is a magical experience, so proposing there will make the moment even more magical. Anakeesta offers a proposal package that provides an exclusive photographer to capture the moment of you saying “Will you marry me?” with the best views of the Smokies behind you. The package includes admission to Anakeesta, a ziplining adventure, pictures of the event and more.
The award-winning theme park is the perfect place to ask the big question! After a fun-filled day of rides and delicious food at Dollywood, it’s the best time to get down on one knee. There are so many options for places to do it in the park, whether it’s on your favorite ride, at a restaurant or after a show. She’ll think it’s just an exciting day at the park until you drop down to one knee!
7. Smoky Mountain Cabin
What’s more romantic than a cabin surrounded by the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains? One of the best places to propose is on the deck of a Smoky Mountain cabin. What she thinks is just a romantic getaway will turn into the best time of her life! With the seclusion a cabin provides, you won’t have to worry about anything getting in the way of your big moment. You’ll even have romantic amenities to help you celebrate the special occasion, like a hot tub, fireplace and more!
8. Grotto Falls
If you want your proposal to happen in the great outdoors, Grotto Falls is a great place to do it! You can access the waterfall from Trillium Gap Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail actually runs behind the 25-foot-high waterfall, which is an amazing spot for your proposal. Not only will it make for great pictures, but she won’t be expecting it!
9. Gatlinburg Sky Lift
The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is another romantic way for you to propose. You’ll get the best seat in Gatlinburg as you travel 1,800 feet high to the top of Crockett Mountain and enjoy stunning views of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Imagine the shock on her face when you pull the ring out while you’re in the air!
10. Ober Gatlinburg
Another popular attraction where you can propose is at Ober Gatlinburg. There are plenty of opportunities at the park for you to get down on one knee. You can do it during the winter at the top of the slopes, on the scenic chairlift as you enjoy beautiful views or while dining at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant! You can even propose on the Aerial Tramway on your way to park so you can celebrate with a day of fun.
11. Heritage Carriage Rides
What’s more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? When you visit Heritage Carriage Rides & Gold Rush Stables, you’ll be able to take a romantic ride through Pigeon Forge. For a proposal, you’ll love the romance package that gives you a 30-minute carriage ride, a dozen roses and a CD of pictures of the event.
12. Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome offers the opportunity for a picture-perfect proposal. There is an observation tower at the summit of Clingmans Dome where you can see panoramic views of the mountains and is a great spot to sweep your sweetheart off her feet. Make sure you have a camera to capture the beautiful moment!
13. CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains
If you’re the adventurous type, try proposing on a zipline adventure! CLIMB Works offers an amazing zipline canopy tour. You can enjoy the ziplining experience together before dropping to one knee when you get to the end, or even do it on one of the sky bridges while you’re in the air! It’ll definitely be an unforgettable proposal.
14. Parrot Mountain & Gardens
Parrot Mountain & Gardens has 4 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with hundreds of tropical birds and thousands of flowers and trees. You’ll stroll through paths lined with birds before entering a secret garden where you can feed and take pictures with the birds. There’s even an aviary where you can feed lory birds nectar. When you leave the aviary, you’ll find a picturesque waterfall where you can pop the question. It will be the perfect end to an exciting adventure!
15. Scenic Helicopter Tour
Another place to propose to your girlfriend is on a scenic helicopter tour. Scenic Helicopter Tours offers incredible flights that take you over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Douglas Lake and Douglas Dam! You can pull out the ring while the water is glistening below you. Even though it will be loud in the helicopter, it’s still a memorable way to propose!
16. The Peddler Steakhouse
If you prefer to propose in a more common way like at a romantic dinner, The Peddler Steakhouse is one of the best places to do it! This Gatlinburg restaurant offers a romantic and intimate dining experience with spectacular views of the shimmering Little Pigeon River. Enjoy a delicious meal and delectable dessert before pulling out the ring. Then celebrate with a bottle of wine!
17. The Village in Gatlinburg
The Village in Gatlinburg is a popular place to go to shop, eat and relax! There is a fountain surrounded by flowers that provides a gorgeous backdrop for your proposal. We’re sure your sweetheart won’t mind you interrupting her day of shopping by getting down on one knee. And after the special event, you can head to the Best Gift Idea Ever shop in The Village to get her future last name spelled out in unique letter art!
18. Titanic Museum
If you really want to impress your soon-to-be fiancee, propose to her on the Grand Staircase at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge! The museum offers a wedding proposal package that allows you pop the question at the top of the elegant staircase that is an exact replica of the real Grand Staircase on the Titanic. The attraction will handle everything to help keep it a surprise, and you’ll even get a souvenir photo of the special moment.
19. The Melting Pot
Another way to propose to your girlfriend is over dinner at The Melting Pot in Gatlinburg. Not only does The Melting Pot offer a unique dining experience, but it has an Ultimate Romance Package that is great for special occasions. The table will be decorated in rose petals, and you’ll also get your choice of wine or champagne, a four-course meal for two, a dozen red roses and a framed picture. The meal will make your evening even more special.
20. Old Time Photo
To propose in a unique way, do it during an old time photo session! There are numerous places around the Smoky Mountains where you can get old time photos taken, like Four Sisters Old Time Photo, Wild Gals Old Time Photo and Old Time Photo at The Island. Dress up in the couple costume of your choice, whether it’s a Southern belle and Southern gentlemen or even a bride and groom. She won’t be expecting it, and even better — it will all be caught on camera!
Your proposal in the Smoky Mountains will be special moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Check out more things to do in the Smoky Mountains and decide the perfect way to pop the question.