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Best Places to Propose in Raleigh, NC

Although Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., it still maintains a small-town Southern charm. But though this city has the approachability of a classic Southern town, it does not lack for things to do. If you plan to pop the question in Raleigh, here are five of the best places to propose:

1. Museums

Are you and your sweetheart museum buffs? You’re in luck because Raleigh has a number of great museums. If you’re interested in the natural sciences, consider the Natural Science Museum. Interested in art? Check out the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. If your partner is more of a history buff, check out the North Carolina Museum of History. None of these sound like your cup of tea? Check out all the museums that Raleigh has to offer. Bonus: many of these museums are free of charge!

2. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

If you imagine proposing in a beautiful, sprawling garden, then you should consider the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. There are some spots in this expansive garden that make you feel like you’re in your own little private world, which is one reason it’s one of our best places to propose. The garden is free to the public and is open from 8 a.m. until dusk.

3. Jordan Lake

Envision this: presenting the love of your life with a sparkling diamond cluster ring and asking him or her to marry you on a boat in the middle of a lake at sunset. Sounds pretty great, right? This state park facility also offers fishing, hiking, bird watching, and other activities if boating isn't the ideal way for you to propose. Jordan Lake also hosts several events during the year that might present the perfect situation for you to propose.

4. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

Want to pop the question at a nice restaurant that perfectly embodies Raleigh, NC? Try Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern. This restaurant is located in an old Victorian home, which contributes to the romantic atmosphere. It has several different rooms, each with its own theme, and even though there might be other people eating there on any given night, the restaurant manages to make you feel as though you’re alone with your partner. If you need any more convincing: the food is distinctive and delicious.

5. Historic Yates Mill County Park

If you or your spouse-to-be is interested in North Carolina's agricultural heritage, this would be the perfect place for you propose. Even if agriculture isn't interesting to you, the Historic Yates Mill County Park is incredibly scenic and would make a great backdrop to any declaration of love. The park is an impressive 174 acres, which includes a wildlife refuge and an environmental research center.

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