Our favorite places to pop the question around Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh may be known for its sports and bridges, but did you know that it’s also known for its romantic ambiance? According to Forbes Travel Guide, Pittsburgh ranks third in its list of the world’s most unexpectedly romantic cities. With that reputation, it is no wonder so many couples get engaged around the city. Here’s a few of our favorite places to pop the question:

1.  Mount Washington: One of the most visited places in Pittsburgh, Mount Washington offers a breathtaking background for any romantic interlude.Whether you are outside by the Duquesne Incline or inside at The Le Mont, the view of the city is spectacular.

“What’s not to love about Mount Washington? It is easily the most romantic, peaceful, and visually stunning treasure of the city,” said Danielle Benjamin, 26, of Pittsburgh, who became engaged in 2013 to Edward Willson.

2.  Gateway Clipper: This fleet of sternwheelers offers dinner and a charming view of the city from its rivers. The ride around the Steel City is so incredible that many couples are not only getting engaged on the boat but also exchanging vows on board. The Gateway Clipper also holds a Valentine’s Day dinner and cruise for a perfect night on the water with your sweetheart.

3.  University of Pittsburgh: Marrying your college sweetheart? It would only make sense to propose at the place where you fell in love. Some Pitt students and alumni also choose to tie the knot at Heinz Chapel, a beautiful little church right on campus. But you don’t have to go to school in Oakland to appreciate Pitt’s architecture, courtyards and semi-private places.

“Pitt has an urban feel to it — it’s historical — and some beautiful and enchanting areas,” said Dia Burnett, 32, of the Hill District, who became engaged in 2009 to Brian Burnett and married in 2011. “It rained that day, but the trees were our umbrellas.” How romantic!

Interactive map: To explore the venues, zoom in  and click on red markers

4.  Pittsburgh sports venues: If there is one thing Pittsburghers love, it’s sports, and nothing says “I love you” like a tailgate proposal or dropping down on one knee when the Pirates finally break a 20-year losing streak.

“I saw one guy dressed like a Pirate get down and propose to his girlfriend in the middle of a Buccos game,” said one fan.

Whether you’re on the ice or ballfield or confessing your love on the Jumbotron, Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center and PNC Park are all perfect places to show your significant other that you’re his or her biggest fan.

5.  PPG Plaza: Ice skating around a beautiful Christmas tree, surrounded by shimmering glass skyscrapers, with snow softly falling on your shoulders — it sounds like the perfect setting for a romantic proposal. The Downtown spot is an enchanting place to get down on one knee.

“The building has such a significance in Pittsburgh and the beautiful reflections make it a good place to get engaged,” said Brittany Darby, 20, of Harrison City, who became engaged to Jorden Puskar in 2013.

Each year around Valentine’s Day, PPG holds a Lover’s Skate. Just be cautious: You may fall in love, or you may fall on the ice.

6.  Schenley Park: Love can make you feel adventurous, and what better place to start your new adventure than in the great outdoors? For nature lovers living in the city, this is a pleasant escape for a romantic picnic or a nature walk hand-in-hand. One newly engaged Pittsburgher said her boyfriend sent her on a scavenger hunt around the park leading up to where he proposed.

“It was so sweet and fun, when I saw him standing there I knew right away he was going to [propose], and I was so excited,” she said.

7.  Roberto Clemente Bridge: Pittsburgh is known as the City of Bridges, so it should come as no surprise that one of the most popular engagement spots is one of its many spectacular bridges. Formerly known as the Sixth Street Bridge, it is well-used by sports fans traveling to the stadiums. It has a gorgeous view of the city from both directions, and it is a great spot to make a memory. And if your prospective other half says no ... well, you can cross that bridge when you come to it.

8.  Point State Park: This amazing spot is a pretty spectacular spot at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers form the Ohio River. A beautiful fountain sprays water 150 feet in the air in front of the beautiful river view. The park also contains the remains of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne, where long ago Pittsburghers made war, not love. With all that’s happened on this site, it is an ideal point to make personal history with the one you love.

Nicole Martin: nmartin@post-gazette.com. First Published February 11, 2014 12:00 AM

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