13 Best Places to Propose in San Francisco

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Searching for somewhere special to pop the question in San Francisco?

From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the stunning Palace of Fine Arts, there’s certainly no shortage of charm in this spectacular city! 

So get ready to fall in love all over again with these romantic locations in one of the world’s most picturesque destinations.

We’ve curated a list of the 13 best places to propose in the City by the Bay.

Golden Gate Love

San Francisco is one of those places that you know oozes surprises and romance. It has been the backdrop for some of the most iconic movies ever, including ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Princess Diaries’.

Even if you’ve never visited before, you’ll have a bright and sunny picture of this famous city in your mind that we promise doesn’t even cut it in terms of how utterly amazing San Francisco is!

Here are some other fun facts about San Francisco and what makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway:

  • San Francisco is home to the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most photographed landmarks in the world and the ideal backdrop for that ‘OMG we’re engaged’ selfie moment!
  • The city’s cable cars have operated since the 19th century and are the world's last manually operated cable car systems. Can you think of a more adorable way to get from A to B?
  • Being romantic sure works up an appetite! Luckily, if fish is your thing, San Francisco is home to some of the best seafood in the country, including the famous clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. We’re drooling already!
  • And this city is all about culture and beauty! San Francisco boasts some of the world's most beautiful and historic architecture, including the Palace of Fine Arts and the Painted Ladies. Everywhere you look and go, a feast for the eyes. What more could you want?

But what truly makes San Francisco is its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The stunning skyline, picturesque parks, and iconic landmarks will take your loved one’s breath away. 

It’s called the ‘City of Love’ for a reason! and if you're looking for the perfect place to propose, look no further. San Francisco is sure to make your heart skip a beat!

Read on to find out more.

13 Best Places to Propose in San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts:

Built in 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts features a stunning rotunda and tranquil lagoon. Get your timings just right by proposing during the early morning or late afternoon when the light is soft, and the crowds are thin.

To make the moment even more special, why not arrange a private tour, performance, or picnic by the lagoon?

Sutro Baths:

This historic spot offers a sense of adventure and natural beauty to boot. Take a stroll through the ruins of the baths, soak up the ocean views during golden hour, or embark on a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the cliffs as the sun sets.

Be sure to hire a professional photographer to capture the magic. You’ll be too busy swooning to snap any pics!

Fairmont Rooftop Garden:

Stunning views? Check. Luxury and glamor? Double check! Get to the top in the early evening when the city lights are just starting to twinkle, and the sun begins to set.

You’ll have an incredible backdrop for photos and feel like you’re on the set of a movie! Roll out the red carpet for your VIP with a private dinner or helicopter ride over the city. 

Fort Point:

If you’re a history buff, this is the location for you. Utterly steeped in rich history and surrounded by out-of-this-world views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is especially resplendent in the early morning or late afternoon.

Want to get even closer to the action? Sweep them off their feet and on to the water with a sailboat ride under the bridge - you’ve never seen San Francisco quite like this!

Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers:

Let love blossom amongst the blooms, and add a touch of classic romance to the occasion by taking a carriage ride through the park.

Just don’t forget to stop and smell the roses before you get down on one knee!!

Marin Headlands:

Over 13 million people make the pilgrimage to The Marin Headlands each year, and looking at the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s easy to see why.

Escape the crowds in a hot air balloon, or set off early to see the sunrise. Trust us; it’s totally worth getting up for!

Twin Peaks:

Enjoy two destinations for the price of one with the Twin Peaks - a dynamic duo offering uninterrupted views of the bay area.

Go for a leisurely stroll through the spectacular landscape to work up the courage to pop the question, or take to the skies in a helicopter.

Your head will be in the clouds for days after!

Lovers' Lane:

This hidden gem in the Presidio is the perfect spot for a picnic. The name ‘Lovers’ Lane’ comes from stories of soldiers taking the path to meet their sweethearts over 150 years ago.

Walk in their footsteps or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. 

Battery Spencer:

At almost 500 feet, this clifftop vantage point boasts some of the city’s best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Don’t have a head for heights? Hit the water instead, or enjoy an adventure on foot.

Pier 7:

Make your proposal go off with a bang with a private dinner and firework display over the bay at Pier 7.

Prefer to keep things a little more low-key? The sight of the city lights reflected in the water will surely set your heart a’flutter! 

Napa Valley Wineries:

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or don’t know the first thing about it, the views and rolling hills of Napa Valley are worth the trip alone.

The grape harvest season takes place from August to October, giving you plenty of time for a private tasting or even a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards!

Pier 39:

Alongside the spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, Pier 39 offers an unmissable chance to see San Francisco’s world-famous sea lions.

You can even see the Golden Gate Bridge from their point of view with a romantic sailboat excursion!

Japanese Tea Gardens:

Proposing can be incredibly nerve-wracking, but the serene greenery and tranquil koi pond of the Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Gardens are sure to soothe those butterflies in your stomach!

Make your big day one to remember with a private tea ceremony. There’ll be plenty of time to move on to the harder stuff later!

Don’t Forget the Ring!

Once you’ve chosen the perfect proposal spot, don’t forget the engagement ring!

Traveling can be super stressful, but let us help you take some of that away by finding you an engagement ring you’ll never be able to forget.

Here are some of our favorites that spark those San Francisco vibes and will guarantee you’re coming home with a huge smile on both your faces:

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When you're not quite ready for engagement but want to convey your commitment to each other, a promise ring is an outstanding option.

This ring serves as a token of devotion and fidelity, reflecting the various promises made between you and your partner. It can represent exclusivity, a future together, or simply a vow to love and cherish each other.

Promise rings offer a significant way for couples to exhibit their dedication without the pressures tied to proposals or engagements.

These rings can be exchanged at any point in a relationship, symbolizing a deepening connection between both parties. A promise ring demonstrates the gravity of a relationship and the intention to progress in commitment.

So when you’re ready to go shopping for a promise ring, find one that resonates with your partner's distinctive style and personality.

The options are endless and you can go for a minimalist band made from materials like gold, silver, or even silicone and even display a small gemstone.

The symbolism of the ring is paramount, signifying the love and commitment shared between you and your partner.

And if you’re going to do it, do it in style! A trip to San Francisco will make this a momentous occasion, the key is being ready and confident in your decision. 

To inspire you, explore these beautiful promise rings and envision the possibilities that lie ahead:

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Proposing in San Fran

Whether you're looking for a sense of adventure, a slice of luxury, or somewhere off the beaten track for a moment of calm,  you’re spoiled for choice in San Francisco. 

And it all starts with finding the perfect ring. 

Your love story is one of a kind, so take the time to consider what makes your relationship special and choose a proposal spot to reflect it. 

And don't forget to add your own personal touches, whether it's a special performance, private dinner, or a surprise picnic. Everything’s better with food, after all!

So take a deep breath, get down on one knee, and let the magic of this city create a moment that’ll last a lifetime.

Stop by our showroom or go online to browse our stunning selection of engagement rings today. Our engagement specialists are on hand to find your perfect engagement ring to accompany your brilliant proposal plans. We can’t wait to hear all about them!

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store today. Not nearby? Not to worry - chat with our engagement experts online 24/7, call us at (716) 631-1584, or text (716) 574-0966. Let’s find the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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