Planning to propose to the love of your life but not sure where or how? Let the natural romance of the Great Smoky Mountains be your guide. When you get down on one knee, you should feel confident, content, and eager to hear “yes.” Worrying about the atmosphere, background, or environment won’t help, which is why you should choose a location that takes care of it all — a memorable and beautiful place your soulmate will never forget. And that’s what you’ll find in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Check out our carefully compiled list of 7 proposal-perfect spots in the Smokies, from the mountaintops to a cascading waterfall to under the sea!
- Sunset Summit
Close to the heavens, the summit of Anakeesta is a stunning spot to propose, with a panorama view of the Mt. LeConte range and an overlook of downtown Gatlinburg below. Journey 600 feet to the top of Anakeesta Mountain aboard the Chondola for a 14-minute ride, then explore the shops and dining options at Firefly Village. Next, stroll 60 feet above the forest floor along the Tree Canopy Walk, followed by a leisurely tour through Vista Gardens. Finally, whisk your beloved away to pop the question at the tippy top as the sunset hues cascade over the mountain peaks…ah, so romantic!
- Secret Garden
Tucked away on 4 acres of diligently landscaped gardens, with gorgeous flowers, lush shrubbery, and elegant trees, Parrot Mountain and Garden of Eden is home to 100s of tropical birds as well as a secret garden — a truly enchanting proposal spot. Follow a 200-foot, stacked-stone fence to the entrance, where you’ll find a captivating replica of Thomas Kinkade’s Stairway to Paradise. Parrot cottages line the walkways as you stroll through troves of fragrant flowers and towering trees. As you gently open the crafted wooden door to the Secret Garden, watch a silvery-cheek hornbill, toucans, magpies, and more take flight above before you get down on one knee.
- Ferris Wheel
A classic proposal spot with a Pigeon Forge twist, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island is a great option. Browse boutiques, enjoy Southern cooking, play interactive games, zoom on fun rides, then head to the Ferris wheel as the evening lights bring this shopping center and entertainment complex to life. As the wheel turns slowly, reveal your hidden thoughts, whisper sweet nothings, and brace yourself for a resounding “yes” when you reach the top!
- Secluded Cabin
Another proposal idea is to slip away to a secluded cabin in the Smokies, wait for the sunrise to peek over the rolling hills, and ask for your sweetheart’s hand in marriage on a private deck. With plenty of 1-bedroom retreats to choose from through Cabins for YOU, you’re sure to find the perfect spot! Plus, you’ll have a luxurious place to stay with bonus amenities, like a steamy hot tub and a king-size bed, while you celebrate your engagement in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Before you arrive, be sure to add a gift basket, flower arrangement, gourmet gift item, or couple’s massage to make your romantic cabin stay even more memorable!
- Picturesque Waterfall
Hike through an old-growth forest and past soothing streams along Trillium Gap Trail, where you’ll soon discover a hidden gem — and a breathtaking proposal spot — Grotto Falls. Pack a few bottles of water, bring the camera, and don’t forget the ring before taking on this moderate hike that leads directly behind a 25-foot waterfall. Along the way, breathe in fresh mountain air, view vibrant wildflowers (thriving in May), and catch glimpses of meandering wildlife. Once you’ve both arrived behind the awe-inspiring waterfall, you’ll know what to do…
- Grand Staircase
Step back in time as you walk the halls and explore the cabins aboard the Titanic, then lead your love to the top of the Grand Staircase (an exact replica), where you’ll take the next big step together. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge even offers a Proposal Memory Package, which includes admission for 2, professional assistance in setting up the proposal, and a souvenir photo atop the Grand Staircase. All you have to do is show up!
- Beneath the Sea
Dive into the next stage of your life with a proposal beneath the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! The staff will certainly lend a helping hand to create the optimal moment, so you can pop the big question in style. Hand-in-hand, walk through the aquarium, viewing wondrous sea life along the way. Then, after one of the scheduled underwater shows, a diver (and surrounding schools of fish) will display a proposal sign — which you can take home along with a photo and special gift!
Whisk your beloved away to the Smokies and pop the question at the proposal-perfect spot for YOU!