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Proposal ideas in Los Angeles: Best places to pop the question

Ready to put a ring on it, but not sure how—or where—to do it? Check out our list of LA-centric proposal ideas for some inspiration.

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Proposal ideas in Los Angeles to guarantee a "yes"

Proposal ideas are tough—they need to be romantic, but not too cheesy. Special, but not over-thought. Luckily, there are tons of lovey-dovey things to do in Los Angeles, whether you want to pop the question at a romantic restaurant, on one the best beaches in LA or even at a comedy club. Here, our best bets for proposal spots sure to make your partner swoon.

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Griffith Observatory

Critics' pick

One of LA's most popular date (and proposal) spots, Griffith Observatory offers beautiful views, impressive architecture and all sorts of nooks and crannies for a close moment to get down on one knee. Not to mention a plethora of couple-friendly activities inside the actual building—such as a camera obscura and a seismograph machine (the two of you can cause an earthquake together, literally)—which make for a perfect excuse to get your partner there and in the mood for love. Check the schedule for free nighttime star shows for double the romance.

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Perch LA

This rooftop bistro is one of the prettiest in town—patterned tile floors, dead-on view of the Central Library, potted trees full of twinkly lights, not to mention beautiful Downtown locals, plus a hundred of their closest friends. Inside, the eclectic French décor displays a series of tasteful boudoir paintings over the bar and a scattering of plush sofas. It's the perfect place to propose in front of an audience—with celebratory bubbly close at hand.

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El Matador State Beach

Small, beautiful and dominated by rocky outcrops, El Matador looks not unlike a European beach (read: super romantic). Six miles north of Malibu and 25 miles from Santa Monica, it's just past Leo Carrillo Beach, accessible via a steep gravelly path. There are no lifeguards or other facilities, so you should be able to find some privacy on the beach; spread your towel near the rocks (just watch out for high tide, no one likes a soggy fiancée). Arriving early or staying late should reward you with a memorable dawn or sunset, which could make the perfect backdrop for a proposal.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB)

Critics' pick

UCB offers three or four shows per night across a variety of disciplines: There's stand-up, improv, sketch and off-kilter comedy. Some players invite guests onstage to either provide fodder for the show or to participate themselves; this can be the perfect opportunity to suprise your partner with a double whammy of laughs and love—plus a rock? Ask in advance if you can set up a suprise appearance to make sure the moment goes smoothly.

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Grand Park

Dotted with fountains, picnic lawns, bright pink benches and plenty of nooks from which to sit and people-watch, Grand Park is a bright urban oasis that proves the city has a sense of romance. The park plays host to performances, gatherings and other community events, and has a picture-perfect backdrop—its giant fountain—that makes for a perfect proposal spot.

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Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Critics' pick

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. Despite all the cultural glories inside the Library's galleries, the Huntington's most stunning (and romantic) highlights are outdoors in its vast jigsaw of botanical gardens, arguably the most glorious in the entire Los Angeles region. The 207 acres of gardens, 120 acres of which are open to the public, are divided into a variety of themes: the Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, etc. Find out which your partner likes best, head over on a sunny day and pop the question in one of the most beautiful settings in the city.

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Il Cielo Gardens Restaurant & Bar

For over 25 years , Il Cielo has been hailed as one of the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles. It's a landmark offering fine dining for lunch and dinner, private rooms and twinkly lights, making it the perfect location for almost any occasion, day or night. Il Cielo has established itself as a place to impress... or pop the question.

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Dodger Stadium

Critics' pick

Dodger Stadium (otherwise known as Chavez Ravine) has been home to the Dodgers since 1962, making it the third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Even so, it's one of the nicest ballparks in the country, especially with multiple revamps in the last decade. If you and your boo love this all-American pastime, do your best to get on the kiss cam and pop the question amid a throng of fellow fans—then celebrate with a Dodger dog and a giant beer.

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