With summer fully underway, we rounded up the 11 best places to propose in & around Seattle for a sunny and bright engagement - whether you’re strolling a beach along the Puget Sound or soaking in views of the city from indoors. Taking advantage of the summertime for engagement is a popular choice, especially in the Pacific Northwest during our seasonal reprieve from the rain. However, all of the locations listed below would make for a beautiful, if quintessentially cloudy proposal later in the year - depending on how much you’re willing to brave the weather, of course.
A Seattle staple, the Space Needle stands tall and recognizable against the city in Lower Queen Anne. Wander the grounds of Seattle Center and then make your way up to the wondrous heights of the glass-floored observation deck in the Space Needle. Grab dinner in the proposal-worthy restaurant with the city of Seattle sparkling below you.
The Washington Park Arboretum is 230 acres of botanic gardens tucked in the eastern part of Seattle. Azalea Way blooms beautifully with colorful azaleas, cherry blossoms, and lilacs, depending on the season. Our Fulfillment Manager Saraya got engaged here! For a more peaceful and smaller garden, check out the Seattle Japanese Garden for an artfully curated selection of plants, ponds, and landscaping done with tranquility in mind. Accessible along the same route on Lake Washington Boulevard, it is an affordable $8 for adult entry into the garden.
Hop on the ferry to Bainbridge Island to reach Bloedel Reserve, world renowned for over 150 acres of spectacular gardens and horticultural scenery. Explore the paths and the different corners of the Reserve to find a quiet, private, and beautiful spot for your proposal.
If you’re looking for a more natural backdrop for your proposal, the city’s largest public park contains over 11 miles of trails, sea cliffs, and protected beaches, as well as the West Point Lighthouse. Take your pick from the sand, trails, and meadows for the best landscape for your engagement.
This Seattle icon is showcased on postcards and your friends' Instagram stories alike for a reason. Located in Upper Queen Anne, the small park is home to the famous skyline silhouette that frames downtown, the Space Needle, and Mt. Rainier on a clear day. Appreciate the city from this popular park, or walk just a few minutes down Highland Drive to snag one of the benches in the quiet and more private Parson Gardens - a small public garden on the corner - and then take in the stunning view of the Sound and mountains from Betty Bowen Viewpoint.
Climb to the top of the winding path that leads up the sloping hill of Gasworks park. You’ll have a romantic view of the downtown Seattle skyline reflecting off of Lake Union for an iconic backdrop to your proposal.
Yes, another option to propose from great heights! Explore the piers of downtown Seattle, home to Ivar’s and the Seattle Aquarium among other attractions, and hop on the city’s waterfront ferris wheel for 360 degree views of the water and a unique perspective of downtown.
Looking for a romantic winery getaway for your proposal? Beautiful Chateau St. Michelle is just a 30 minute drive from Seattle in Woodinville, making for an accessible location that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Ride up the elevators to reach the observatory deck of Smith Tower to take in the glory of all of downtown Seattle for your big moment. The view from up here is stunning, especially at sunset. The building was built in 1914, and was Seattle’s first skyscraper and its tallest building for over 100 years. Check out their speakeasy-themed cocktail bar for celebrating after they say “yes”!
If you and your partner like to be surrounded by lush greenery or exotic desert plants, you’ll want to visit this gem. The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located within Volunteer Park and is a staple to explore tropical and subtropical plants. The crystalline architecture is modeled after London’s Crystal Palace and makes for an elegant background for post-proposal snaps.
For the more adventurous, a mountaintop proposal at sunrise may be your style. All it takes is an easy drive to North Bend and a moderate hike through Douglas Fir forests where you’ll eventually end on a ledge with a beautiful view of the Cascades. If you can, bring someone along to snap some photos of the surprised look on your partner’s face when those first rays of sunlight hit the forest just as you are proposing. Going before sunrise will also give you a way to beat the crowds that flock to this gorgeous bluff by late morning and early afternoon. You may even see a mountain goat while you’re up there. Just be very careful with your ring while on the ledge and make sure you don’t drop it or have any mishaps!
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