It may take a lifetime to live it but it only takes a minute to say it. “Will you marry me” is a phrase heard nearly as often in Las Vegas as “I do.” For those who do not want to waste the moment, here are the most romantic – if not audacious — places in Las Vegas to pop the question.
Proposing with Splash
The Bellagio Fountains at night has no equal when it comes to romance, unless you are headed to, perhaps, the Trevi Fountain in Rome. The spectacle takes off every 15 minutes. The jets in the middle of this eight-acre lake reach 240-feet while waving and spouting in sync to anything from Andrea Bocelli to Frank Sinatra to Elvis. Grab a quiet spot if you can. It’s a moment to behold.
Similarly, perhaps less romantic but equally as stunning, the Mirage volcano hisses and sprays and breathes fire in a conflagration of heat, steam and sound. The hypnotic rhythms of Zakir Hussain and Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart make it an exotic, seductive moment to ask and answer.
Not splashy enough? Couples looking at taking the plunge might try asking the question from the shark tank at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. Onsite proposal packages even provide a photographer to capture the moment.
Proposing with a View
The Bellagio Fountains might be best enjoyed lakeside from terrace at Prime Steakhouse, which puts couples front and center of the music, the ahhs and the true romance in what feels like a private show just for you.
Another hands-down favorite in romantic spots to pop the question is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris. It’s located on the 11th floor of the 50-story, 460-foot iconic replica with floor to ceiling slanted windows on the world of neon that is Las Vegas. When the jets go off, the room goes quiet for a moment, forks freeze, conversations sputter as the spectacle takes over in this all-too-French corner of the Strip. Pre-set menus and packages are available – and recommended for those who want those coveted windowside tables.
A more casual, but quintessentially French, dining spot at Paris is Mon Ami Gabi. The restaurant is on the Strip and directly across the street from the Bellagio for prime fountain viewing in a romantic bistro setting.
The top of the Eiffel Tower is also an option. The glass elevator ride to the 50th floor will run $34 for two, but for those who can’t pop the question in Paris, perhaps Paris Las Vegas is the next best thing.
Couples can take the slow ride to the top and have Las Vegas all to themselves if they buy out a pod on the High Roller, the newest attraction in Las Vegas and one that tops out at 550 feet. The evening Ferris wheel ride can be pricey: $74 per couple. Celebrating couples can make it an event with) friends (capacity is 40) and a bartender, buy out a pod for themselves, or time their boarding at less crowded hours to get a pod to themselves. Full revolutions run 30 minutes.
Top of the World restaurant, more than 800 feet up over the Las Vegas Strip at the Stratosphere Hotel, is also a favorite place to pop the question over the lights. The restaurant makes a slow circle – 360 degrees every 80 minutes for some of the best views in town. The menu is Vegas gourmet room style with an excellent wine menu. Two proposal packages top the offerings: ranging from $185 (not including dinner but “yes” on the rose, Champagne and preferred table) to $400 per couple with dinner (add $200 for a Dom Perignon upgrade).
Proposing with a Thrill
Or couples may want to skip the filet mignon and head upstairs to the top of the Stratosphere for a heart-pounding proposal with bragging rights. Couples can take their relationship to the next level on the Big Shot as they shoot up the tower spire at 45 mph, and bounce up and down 1,081 feet above the sidewalk. Or go for a spin on Insanity, twirling around at dizzying heights off the side of the Stratosphere tower.
Not enough Gs for the job? Couples can grab a front seat on the Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York. If they can get through the corkscrew turns at 67 mph, stomach the 144-foot plummet and G’s that go with it they can probably weather the forces of marriage, with or without the thrills.