Spring is here, and you know what that means: love is in the air. If you’ve been thinking about popping the question, you’re definitely planning out the perfect time and place. This is a moment the two of you will remember forever and ever, so you want to do it right. These 11 spots are wonderfully romantic and simply perfect for the epic marriage proposal your true love deserves.
1. Five Island Lake, Emmetsburg
Take your love to this serene lake and grab a bench. Then just wait for the spectacular sunset to set the perfect scene for your proposal.
2. Plume Hill Carriage Service, Newton
Make your proposal feel like a scene from a fairy tale by doing it on a horse-drawn carriage. How completely precious.
3. Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dubuque
The bridge in the Japanese Garden is picture-perfect, isn't it?
4. The baseball field from "Field of Dreams," Dyersville
Is your beloved also in love with sports? Or at least sports movies? This field may just be the perfect place to pitch your idea of spending your lives together.
5. One of the covered bridges in Madison County
Yes, another spot from a movie made our list. Or, rather, the six remaining covered bridges from "The Bridges of Madison County." If your future spouse has special love for the book or movie, any of these bridges would be ideal places for a memorable proposal.
6. The lookout at the top of Pikes Peak, McGregor
Whether or not there's a blanket of dramatic fog below like in this picture, this lookout offers a stunning view. Not as stunning as the love of your life, of course, but it's a close second.
7. Bridal Veil Falls in Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor
Given its intense natural beauty, this spot would make an amazing backdrop for that moment when you ask your sweetheart to be with you forever.
8. Reiman Gardens, ISU Campus, Ames
There are a dozen garden areas here to choose from, but the herb garden provides rich, earthy aromas to go along with the lovely visuals - how can you expect anything but a "yes" when you propose here?
9. Trickling Waters Retreat, Marquette
This secluded inn is a very special place to escape for a while with your beloved. The grounds are lush and blooming in the spring and summer. Just look at that picture - doesn't that look like the most charming place to propose marriage?
10. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines
This place is exceptionally beautiful, but it holds a second meaning for lovers of punk and underground music. Bands played shows in the rental halls there for many years, including some big-name acts. Whether you come for the plants and natural splendor or the musical history - or both - this is such a memorable place to ask that most important of questions.
11. Wide River Winery, Clinton
Any of Iowa's fine wineries would provide a romantic backdrop for your proposal, but we are especially smitten with the scenery at Wide River. With any luck, one day you and your love will be sitting here sipping wine contentedly just like this happy couple.
If you know someone who is thinking of proposing, feel free to nudge them along by sharing this list with them. How and where did you get engaged in the Hawkeye State? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!