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October 4, 2023

Have you found the love of your life and want to ask them to marry you? There are so many beautiful places in the Smoky Mountains area that would make the perfect backdrop as you pop the question! Here’s a list of some of the best places to propose in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for a beautiful and memorable proposal.

1. Anakeesta

Treetop Skywalk at Anakeesta at night

One of the best places to propose in Gatlinburg is Anakeesta. This mountaintop experience offers gorgeous views that will make the moment truly magical. A popular place to propose at Anakeesta is the twigloo heart, which has majestic mountain views in the background. You can also bring your sweetheart to the top of AnaVista Tower for a proposal with even better views, or propose among the beautiful flowers of the Vista Gardens. For a more romantic setting, walk the Treetop Skywalk at night when it’s lit up with twinkling lights and propose out amongst the trees! Any of these spots at Anakeesta will make for a memorable proposal.

2. Gatlinburg Space Needle

If you’re looking for a place to propose in Gatlinburg with amazing views, visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle . This iconic Gatlinburg landmark provides views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains from 407 feet above the Parkway. A glass elevator brings you to the observation deck at the top where you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree views. You can get an even better look at the view with the view finders. While your significant other is looking out at the view, you can get down on one knee for her to see when she turns back around. The views from the Gatlinburg Space Needle make a spectacular backdrop for the perfect proposal!

3. The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Fountains and Wheel at night at The Island

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a popular destination because of all the great things to do and see. You can spend the day exploring the various shops and restaurants, but make sure you stick around after the sun goes down. There are a few great places to propose at The Island, but the best are The Island Show Fountain and The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel . The fountains are programmed to light and music for a spectacular show that creates the perfect romantic atmosphere for a Pigeon Forge proposal! Or, take a ride on the Wheel in a gondola with just the two of you. When you reach the top of the Wheel, you can pop the question as you sit high above the Parkway!

4. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

One of the most memorable places to propose in Gatlinburg is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies . At this aquarium, you travel through an underwater world filled with your favorite sea creatures. You can propose in front of the tank with your significant other’s favorite fish, or get some help from the aquarium to plan the perfect proposal. You can coordinate with the aquarium to reveal a proposal sign in the water after one of the dive shows. Afterwards, you will receive the sign and get a picture to capture your special moment as well as a memorable gift to take home. Or, include a penguin in your proposal for an even more unique proposal story!

5. A Smoky Mountain Cabin


Of all the places to propose in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the most romantic place is in the privacy of a Smoky Mountain cabin. Nothing is more romantic than a cabin surrounded by the natural beauty of the Smokies. You can pop the big question out on the deck as the sun sets over the mountains, or get down on one knee in front of the cozy fireplace. A secluded cabin means nothing will interrupt your big moment and you can enjoy it in the privacy of your own space. Then, you can celebrate your new engagement with a relaxing dip in the hot tub or a glass of wine in front of the fireplace.

Tips for Planning a Smoky Mountain Wedding

These are just a few of the best places to propose in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Once you’re engaged, you’ll then need to start planning your wedding! You can’t go wrong with a Smoky Mountain wedding in one of our beautiful cabins! Find out more about planning a cabin wedding in the Smoky Mountains and other wedding planning tips!

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