Best Proposal Locations in Charleston, SC

While Paris might be considered by most to be the romance capital of the world, Charleston puts up some serious competition for the title. Between the charming cobblestone streets, Spanish-moss draped live oaks, charming bed and breakfasts, sweeping beaches and gorgeous sunsets, the Holy City draws happy couples from around the world to revel in the romance. If you have wedding bells on the brain and are planning on popping the question during your stay, we’ve rounded up some of the most magical proposal spots in town.

Angel Oak

The drive out to John’s Island is well worth it simply to stand under the shade of this iconic live oak tree, so named for the original owners of the estate, Justus and Martha Angel. The tree stands just over 60 feet tall, and is one of the oldest living trees this side of the Mississippi River, drawing visitors from all over to revel in its beauty, this spot is perfect for couples looking for a rustically charming engagement.


Sullivan’s Island

Sunsets anywhere in Charleston are a sight to behold, but head to any of the city’s three beaches to experience the full effect. Sullivan’s Island is home to a quaint main street of local restaurants and boutiques; you can either take the big event beachfront as the sun dips under the Charleston Harbor, or book a table at The Obstinate Daughter for an intimate, indoor option.


White Point Gardens

Set right on the edge of the peninsula, White Point Gardens is one of the most popular parks downtown. The garden stretches parallel to a sidewalk lining the harbor, and in the spring and summer offers an incredible burst of flowers in bloom. In the center of the park, a domed gazebo framed by live oak trees creates a stunning backdrop for any photographs of the big ask.


Pitt Street Bridge

Before the Isle of Palms Connector was built in the 1990s, Pitt Street Bridge served as the only point of access for residents of Mt. Pleasant to reach the beaches. Today, the quaint wooden bridge is a popular spot for crabbing, fishing, bicyclists, and photographers; the views of Sullivan’s Island and scenic Mt. Pleasant are unrivaled. For an especially photogenic moment, head here at sunset; but any time of day is perfectly suited for romance.


Magnolia Plantation Gardens

Magnolia Plantation’s gardens are so famously beautiful that they have been open to the public for tours since the late 1870s. The grounds here are among the oldest in the United States, and the groundskeepers and current owners seek to work with the natural growth of foliage rather than against it. The result is a tranquil escape into nature that blooms year-round with azaleas, camelias, and dozens of other local flowers.


Hampton Park

Nestled among the quiet neighborhood of Waggoner Terrace, Hampton Park offers 60 lush acres of blooms and greenery. The gravel path that weaves through the park takes visitors through plenty of secluded spots perfect for popping the question; think willow tree boughs draped in azaleas, duck ponds, and garden plots.


Colonial Lake

A refuge of abundant greenery among the hustle and bustle of the city, Colonial Lake’s abundant blooms and scenic surroundings are beautiful all year long. The lake is surrounded by historic homes and lined with vegetable patches and garden boxes, and sits just a few blocks away from the Battery, making it the perfect spot to conclude a romantic walk. The lake is also a short walk away from Circa 1886book a table for two to celebrate, or save the big ask for the intimate ambiance of the restaurant.


Carriage Ride

Charleston is well known for the abundance of horse carriage rides and tours that amble through the scenic streets. While there are plenty of group tour options, you can also book a carriage for two – either during the day or in the evening – and have the tour guide and venue all to yourselves.


Shem Creek

Scenic Shem Creek, located just across the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant, feeds into the Charleston Harbor, offering panoramic views of the waterfront and the surrounding marshes. There are several nearby restaurants that sit right on the waterfront, along with several adventure-tour companies that offer kayak and paddleboard rentals. Whether you’re hoping for an outdoorsy, adventurous ask or something more traditional, there’s a little something for everyone.

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