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The Best Proposal Spots in San Francisco

by Haley Anhut
Last updated on January 25, 2022

San Francisco has no shortage of beautiful vistas, unique histories, and iconic landmarks; the perfect city to propose. Whether you are a native San Franciscan or just want to visit, these perfect proposal spots will help jumpstart your ideas!

Classic City Proposals

1. The Conservatory of Flowers

On one of San Francisco’s infamously foggy days, the Conservatory of Flowers is a lovely place to propose. Imagine being surrounded by perfumes from flowers from far off lands, evoking a sense of wonder and imagination for your big question. Head down John F Kennedy Drive afterward for a romantic stroll. You can even host your wedding here!

2. The Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for an Exposition and is located in a man-made lagoon for a relaxing and beautiful city escape. Its enchanting atmosphere is perfect for your proposal. It is next to the Marina District, so you have limitless romantic restaurant options for a celebratory dinner!

3. Pier 39

Pier 39 is a buzzing center of shops, restaurants, rides, and arcades. With a two-story carousel and views of California sea lions, Pier 39 is a great place to propose to your S/O. Not only will your proposal be sweet and fun, but you’ll be surrounded by tourists taking memorable pictures of you! And, there is no shortage of food, drink, and view options.

Historical Proposals

1. Japanese Tea Garden

Look no further than the Japanese Tea Garden if you want a historic, serene, and aromatic “destination” proposal. The oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, The Tea Garden boasts beautiful and unique flowers and trees. Find a spot on the tranquil campus and propose, then sit for a cup of tea from the Tea House for a special and peaceful moment.

2. Sutro Baths and Cliff House

Love the ocean breeze? Since 1863, visitors have flocked to the western shores of  San Francisco to enjoy sweeping ocean views and fine dining at the Cliff House. At the remains of the grand Sutro Baths, you can enjoy the beach view at sunset and historic bath ruins without all the mess. Perhaps you can have a celebratory dinner or drinks at the famous Cliff House a short walk away. You could even plan a surprise after-party!

On the Water Proposals

1. Sausalito Ferry

Want to propose on a ferry? Take your S/O on a day trip to Sausalito, find a quiet (or bustling) spot on the ferry, and propose there. Onlookers will cheer and take pictures, while you enjoy a breezy embrace with your new spouse-to-be. End the day with drinks at the Spinnaker or dinner at Sushi Ran! 

2. Huntington Falls

Want to get away from the bay? The cascading allure of a waterfall is a mesmerizing place to propose, especially if you love Golden Gate Park. The surrounding flora and fauna create a magical moment that will delight you and your partner. Definitely go climb up the nearby steps past the sculpted rocks to look down over the falls at Strawberry Hill.

Proposals with a Beautiful View

1. Land’s End Labyrinth

Choose a clearer day for an easy 3.4-mile hike so you can take in the gorgeous views of the bay and bridge with your partner. Visit the hidden labyrinth which overlooks the bridge for a particularly picturesque view, a phenomenal proposal spot.

2. Kirby Cove 

Want an unforgettable overnight proposal? Kirby Cove Beach is at the base of the Marin Headlands north of the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The view from the beach is stunning with the city of San Francisco framed under the wide span of the Golden Gate Bridge. To get to the beach, walk down a 1-mile descent on the old Kirby Cove Road to the camping area. Reservations can be booked each morning for 3 months in the future; make a mini-vacation out of your proposal!

3. Twin Peaks

Looking for the best view of the city? Drive, bike, or walk at sunset or sunrise to the 922ft high attraction with an amazing view of the bay area and downtown. Make your way over to nearby 24th St for food and bar options for a meal or afterparty!