A camping trip is a perfect opportunity to propose to the love of your life, especially if you’re both the outdoorsy types. But, since it’s a special moment of your life, you must carefully plan the proposal and choose the destination guaranteed to make your partner say yes to a lifetime of togetherness. So, if you like the idea of an outdoorsy proposal, here are five incredible destinations to propose whilst camping.
1. Yosemite National Park, California
The Yosemite National Park exudes romance, making it a great spot to propose to the love of your life. Its iconic scenery heightens and compliments the emotions that come with a proposal. There are many beautiful areas in Yosemite with a romantic setting and where you can pop the question.
Head to Taft Point and plan your proposal during sunset. With its stunning scenery overlooking the Yosemite Valley, it has become one of the most popular spots in California to propose. Many campers love this gorgeous location, especially at sunset when the evening sun starts to bathe the area in dramatic and flattering light. Another beautiful place in the Yosemite that can make for a perfect backdrop for a wedding proposal is the area by the Merced River. Look for a secluded spot along the waters of Merced. When the time comes to pop the question, you’ll hear the singing river in the background.
Olmsted Point, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley and Half Dome, is another beautiful spot for a proposal. Time your proposal at sunset when the sky boasts fiery colors from the warm evening sun.
2. St Ives, Cornwall
Given its magnificent beaches, superb harbour, and picturesque old streets, St Ives is a stunning destination to enjoy camping in Cornwall. Being such a popular spots means that there are several great camping places, so you won’t struggle finding somewhere to stay. The quintessential beach town of St Ives boasts a romantic charm, making it an ideal place for a wedding proposal. Many couples who come here to camp would return year after year to experience its romance over and over again.
The idyllic Porthmeor Beach is one of the most popular spots to propose in St Ives. Go for a walk along the Southwest coast path towards St Nicholas Chapel. You will be surrounded by breathtaking ocean views, making it a perfect location to propose to your partner. After the proposal, take a romantic stroll along the beach.
One of the best ways to celebrate your engagement is to indulge at the many beachside restaurants overlooking the spectacular views of the sea. Head to the Rum & Crab Shack, a local favorite, where you can share a seafood platter with fresh and tasty claws! While camping in St Ives, make sure you don’t miss out on the many adventurous activities that couples can do together, from cliff jumping and rock climbing to coasteering.
3. The Crystal Coast, North Carolina
Famous for its unspoiled beauty, the Crystal Coast lies in the middle of North Carolina’s coastline and is a popular place to go camping in the state. Offering activities for couples who are outdoor adventurers, the region is a romantic destination to go camping. Hop on a ferry to visit one of its secluded beaches and look for a spot where you can propose to the love of your life.
What’s great about camping at the Crystal Coast is you’ll find many fun adventures to enjoy. If you’re dating someone who loves adventures, this would be the perfect place to make her say yes. Go kayaking or paddle boarding at Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve. At 2,315 acres, the vast reserve occupies several islands, including Carrot Island and Bird Shoal.
After all the adventures, treat yourselves to mouth-watering seafood dishes. Head to Beaufort, where you’ll find Clawson’s, the city’s oldest restaurant, and where you can indulge in hearty fares like fried seafood platters and pan-seared crab cakes.
4. Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
Tanzania is a spectacular destination for a romantic escape in Africa. It offers many opportunities for camping, from luxury lodges to safari camps, with many of them offering the perfect setting for a wedding proposal. A perfect example of these beautiful spots in Tanzania, are through Tanzania Odyssey, who provide romantic holiday packages. The Mwagusi Safari Camp is also on of the best places to stay if you plan on proposing during your holiday in Tanzania.
Situated within Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s largest national park, Mwagusi Safari Camp was established in 1987 by Chris Fox, who is passionate about Africa and is committed to preserving its parks and wildlife. Mwagusi is famous for its knowledgeable local guides who have in-depth knowledge of the African bush. You can request for the staff at Mwagusi to arrange the proposal. For instance, they can set up a picnic dinner outside your tent, where your only companions are the nocturnal animals that roam the park.
To celebrate your engagement, head to Zanzibar to enjoy some beach time. It’s also an ideal place to relax after your safari adventures in Mwagusi. You can also enjoy a spot of snorkeling while in Zanzibar. If you want, you can set up your proposal on the island during a dhow cruise with the breathtaking sunset views in the background.
5. Aviemore, The Scottish Highlands
With its beautiful scenery and abundance of outdoor activities, Aviemore is a well-known destination for camping. When camping in Aviemore, take your partner to the Cairngorms National Park, where you can pop the question.
Uath Lochans is one of the most picturesque woodlands in the area and a perfect spot to propose. Getting to the place requires hiking on an easy trail featuring the magnificent views of Strathspey. Stay at Eco Camp Glenshee, where you can choose to sleep in a yurt, bell tent or shepherd’s hut. The area’s tranquil atmosphere makes for a perfect place to share sweet moments.
Aviemore looks even more magical in winter, so plan your proposal during this time of the year. Look for a quiet spot in Cairngorms National Park where you can pop the question while surrounded by the magical snowy landscapes. Don’t forget to wear waterproof trousers to keep you comfortable when the time comes that you need to get down on one knee.
Photo: Madison Ellis | Proposal Planning by The Yes Girls