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4 Naturally beautiful places to propose on Valentine's Day

Shelly Cone, February 7, 2014
Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic days to propose to your sweetie, that's why it's one of the most popular engagement days. If you're going to share something as special as your engagement day with thousands of other couples why not kick it up a notch and make it a bit more unique.

The easiest way to raise the impress factor is by changing the scene. Make it somewhere as breathtaking but naturally as the earth from where that that diamond came. Think massive, edge of the earth, colorful rock formations, spectacular crystal formations, incredible mineral deposits. Get it? Rock. Diamond. Beautiful vistas.

OK to help you along here are a few suggestions for of-this-world destinations to set the scene for your Valentine's Day proposal:

Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

It's considered one of the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyons in the Southwest. Formed by erosion of Navajo sandstone from flash floods, Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land and is a big source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation.

Explore Arizona Southwest and discover the jewel that is the Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope Canyon is the area most frequented by casual observers mostly because it is at ground level, which means no major climbing but also because of its lighting. Its formation allows for beams of sunlight to filter into the canyon creating an exceptional view and incredible photographs.
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

It's amazing how someplace salty and barren could be full of awe but that's exactly how to describe the Salt Flats in Bonneville, Utah. So flat that you can almost see the curvature of the Earth but the vast white plain, which stretches over 30,000 acres, is so foreign you can imagine you are on a remote planet.

The flat's thick crust of salty soil gives the impression of a frozen lake bed covered with snow and during hot days, heat waves rise from the salty soil and create realistic mirages. The Salt Flats were created when Lake Bonneville dried up leaving behind salty deposits. Travel Utah and find the perfect view spot where you can see virtually forever and tell your sweetheart your love extends just as far.
Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming
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Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming

Let things get a little steamy when you propose, visit the Hot Springs State Park at Thermopolis, Wyo. More than 18,000 gallons of water from mineral hot springs flow over the terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis at a temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Native Americans believed the waters were beneficial to health and that they could make a warrior invincible in battle. Be invincible. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at a therapeutic 104 degrees for public bathing.

In addition the Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of trails for hiking, fishing and picnicking. Celebrate your proposal by exploring Wyoming recreational retreats like Hot Springs Park.
Diamond Caverns Park, Kentucky
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Diamond Caverns Park, Kentucky

So maybe the diamond you bought has a lot more sparkle but how can you resist proposing at someplace called Diamond Caverns?

This Kentucky cave is lined in cascades of thousands of formations of naturally colorful calcite. Most of the rock in the cave is limestone, which formed during an age when Kentucky was not only under water but located south of the equator. With time, some of the dissolved limestone crystallized out as calcite on the ceiling, floor and walls of the Diamond Caverns.

Visit Kentucky and take your sweetheart on a tour of the Diamond Caverns. Then present a diamond of your own for a one-of-a-kind proposal.

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