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Liberty State Park in Jersey City (NJ) Voted America’s 13th Favorite Landmark for a Marriage Proposal

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  • Survey identifies the top 250 most iconic landmarks for a marriage proposal family vacation destinations this summer. 
  • Lambert Castle (Paterson), Ortley Beach Boardwalk (Toms River), Menlo Park Mall Rooftop Garden (Woodbridge Township) and Lake Carasaljo (Lakewood Township) also included.
  • Infographic revealing America’s top 250 most iconic spots for picture-perfect proposals.

Few settings are as magical and memorable as iconic landmarks when it comes to cinematic marriage proposals. Central Park in New York City, for example, has been the backdrop for countless on-screen declarations of love – remember when Patrick Dempsey’s character planned his proposal in “Enchanted”? Similarly, the glamor and elegance of Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue added an undeniable charm to Reese Witherspoon’s engagement scene in “Sweet Home Alabama”. Not to forget, the stunning Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel has seen Edward Norton profess his love to Drew Barrymore in “Everybody Says I Love You”.

As we approach wedding season, Mixbook, a #1 rated design platform for photo books, commissioned Cherry Digital to carry out a poll of 3,000 singles to ask in which iconic landmarks top their list for ideal proposal spots. The survey revealed that Americans are notably drawn towards unique, Instagram-worthy locales for popping the question.

1. Topping the charts is the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego. Sunset Cliffs offers a serene and beautiful setting with a clear view of the Pacific Ocean, making it an ideal spot for a memorable marriage proposal. The sound of waves and the majestic sunset create an atmosphere that’s both romantic and awe-inspiring.

2. Following closely, Tampa Riverwalk clinched the second spot. Tampa Riverwalk, with its calm waters and well-maintained landscape, provides a picturesque environment that’s perfect for a romantic proposal. Stroll along the river or enjoy a boat ride as you celebrate your love in this vibrant setting.

3. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden secured the third position. For those who appreciate natural beauty, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s colorful flowers and lush vegetation present an elegant backdrop for popping the question. Seasonal events and exhibits make each visit uniquely special.

4. Fourth in line was the Denver Botanic Gardens. With its rich gardens and peaceful ponds, Denver Botanic Gardens offers a tranquil setting within the city, ideal for a private and intimate proposal.

5. Fifth place saw Cummer Museum and Gardens in Jacksonville (FL) take the spotlight. Nestled along the St. Johns River, this mesmerizing museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens, with a diverse flora, quaint walkways, and calming water elements.

6. Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, South Carolina, grabbed the sixth spot. For a proposal surrounded by history and nature, the ancient and majestic Angel Oak Tree creates a special and timeless atmosphere. The tree’s sprawling branches and shaded area provide an intimate space for a cherished moment.

7. Claiming seventh place is Alaska’s Point Woronzof Park. If a proposal with a natural, expansive backdrop is desired, Point Woronzof Park’s views of Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains are unparalleled. The crisp Alaskan air and wide-open spaces make for an invigorating and unforgettable experience.

8. In eighth place, the Charles River Esplanade in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a classic spot, where the river and views of the city combine for a simple, yet charming setting for a proposal. The park’s pathways offer numerous private spots to get down on one knee.

9. Ninth place was awarded to San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers. For a distinct and lush setting, the Conservatory of Flowers provides an indoor garden experience that is both exotic and intimate. The Victorian-style greenhouse is not only romantic but also an architectural gem within Golden Gate Park.

10. Concluding the top ten is none other than the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Perched atop Griffith Park, it offers a sweeping vista of LA’s tapestry, with twinkling lights and the boundless night sky overhead.

New Jersey had 5 picture-perfect landmarks that were voted among America’s top 250 for a marriage proposal:

13. Liberty State Park in Jersey City – Situated on the waterfront, the park offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. Couples can stroll along the park’s promenade, hand in hand, enjoying the sweeping vistas and the gentle lapping of the Hudson River. With its open green spaces, tranquil gardens, and panoramic views, Liberty State Park provides a serene and romantic ambiance for a heartfelt proposal. As the sun sets, casting a warm glow over the city, the park becomes even more magical, creating a backdrop of beauty and love.

31. Lambert Castle in Paterson – Perched atop Garret Mountain, this historic castle provides panoramic views of the city skyline and the surrounding natural landscapes. The castle’s picturesque grounds, featuring beautifully manicured gardens and charming pathways, create a romantic and intimate atmosphere. Whether it’s on a scenic terrace overlooking the city, amidst a fragrant rose garden, or within the castle’s elegant interior, Lambert Castle offers numerous enchanting spots to create a memorable and heartfelt proposal.

108. Ortley Beach Boardwalk in Toms River – This scenic boardwalk, stretching along the beautiful Jersey Shore, provides stunning views of the ocean, soft sandy beaches, and vibrant coastal atmosphere. Walking hand in hand along the boardwalk, with the sound of crashing waves and the gentle sea breeze, creates a romantic and serene ambiance that is perfect for a heartfelt proposal.

185. Menlo Park Mall Rooftop Garden in Woodbridge Township – As you and your partner step onto the rooftop garden, you’ll be transported to a tranquil setting adorned with lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and cozy seating areas. Find a private and intimate spot in the garden, perhaps under a charming pergola or beside a tranquil fountain, to declare your love and ask your partner to embark on a lifelong journey together.

232. Lake Carasaljo in Lakewood Township – Nestled amidst lush greenery and framed by the tranquil waters of the lake, this hidden gem provides a romantic and intimate ambiance. As you and your partner take a leisurely stroll along the lake’s shoreline, surrounded by the gentle breeze and the soothing sounds of nature, a sense of peace and romance fills the air. Whether you choose to propose on a private dock overlooking the shimmering lake or during a peaceful boat ride under the starry sky, Lake Carasaljo offers a serene and enchanting backdrop for a declaration of love.

Infographic showing the top 250 landmarks for marriage proposals in America

We’re always excited to learn more about what inspires people to create those magical, once-in-a-lifetime moments,” says Leslie Albertson, Director of Brand at Mixbook. “From the serene beauty of botanical gardens to the timeless allure of centuries-old oak trees, these extraordinary venues serve as a backdrop to create unforgettable memories. As Mixbook helps our customers breathe new life into their memories and celebrate them for years to come, it’s fascinating to see the diverse landscapes that embody their unique love stories.”

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