Best Places To Elope
Table Of Contents
- Best Places To Elope
- Mountain Elopement Locations
- Desert Elopement Locations
- Coastal Elopement Locations
- Unique Elopement Locations
- Best Places To Elope In The US
- Best places to elope in Colorado
- Best places to elope in Florida
- Best places to elope in California
- Best places to elope in Washington State
- Best places to elope in Oregon
Are you starting to plan your elopement but don’t know where to start? We have done all of the research for you and found the best places to elope around the world. Starting with a list of the destination elopement locations around the world and ending with a breakdown of each region you should consider.
- North Cascades National Park
- Big Sur
- Horseshoe Bend
- New Zealand
- Zion National Park
- Olympic National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Isle Of Skye
- Banff National Park
- Cliffs Of Moher
- Swiss Alps
- Cannon Beach
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- The Dolomites, Italy
Mountain Elopement Locations
North Cascades National Park, Washington
North Cascades National Park is located in the northern region of Washington state, and the range stretches all the way into Canada. The North Cascades is America’s Alps or the Sea of Peaks. The mountain range stretches far and wide, flowing like the sea. North Cascades National Park is a great, epic, adventurous elopement location in Washington State. From Strenuous hikes with rewarding views to the pull-offs right from the road, this park is suited for everyone and anyone looking for a mountain elopement or intimate wedding. It’s free to get in and dog-friendly, however for some locations, they do require a permit, so don’t forget to hop on their website and see what steps they require.
Now, what could be better than America’s Alps? The actual Alps! The Swiss Alps are an epic Mountain Range stretching throughout Switzerland, all the way down to Italy, and all the way up into France, and even Austria. The Mountain Range is among the most famous in the world, and for good reason. It is the perfect place for an adventurous, destination elopement in the mountains!
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is among one of the crowning glories of all of California. People flock in from all over the world to visit this magical National Park, and not for nothing. Yosemite has to be one of the most beautiful national parks we have ever seen. Jagged cliffsides, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful mountain ranges are just a few of its best features. The park is the perfect, romantic location for a mountain elopement.
Banff National Park
Banff is just… Wow. Just a six-hour drive up from Seattle and three and a half hours from Vancouver, Banff is one of the most beautiful sites we’ve seen in Canada. Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, and probably the most well-preserved one we’ve seen. Its icon is Lake Louisa, which sits in the middle of the park, a beautiful crystal blue alpine lake, with an epic mountain range towering above. Banff is 100% the place to go for an epic, Canada mountain elopement.
Calling all true adventurers! Patagonia awaits you! A treacherous, magical, mountainous region of South America between Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is awaiting anyone who earns it. Many hikes, climbs and treks sport rewarding and peaceful views. We love this area because it’s adventurous, off the beaten path, and not the most traditional way to do things. If you are looking for a place to say your “I Dos” with the wind yanking your hair out of its updo, and inevitably tearing the bottom of your dress, then Patagonia is there for you!
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado is home to a lot of things: the Mile High City, Denver, craft breweries, and distilleries, and some of the best ski towns known to the US. But Colorado is most known for being home to Rocky Mountain National Park. The jagged Rockies sit in the central part of the state, sporting white-capped mountain peaks, alpine lake hikes, and scenic drives. While you cannot have your ceremony there, photos on the famous Trail Ridge Road are the most popular, as the highest known road in the Continental United States. Up there you feel like you are the only person on earth. Visit their website for their designated elopement spots!
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park sits on the west side of Washington and stretches all the way to the coast. The east side of the park sports mountain views and alpine lakes. Hurricane Ridge is a popular place for elopements, a beautiful, epic mountain pass. And Lake Crescent is a gorgeous lake, with mountain views, campsites, and a gorgeous lodge for you to grab a room and relax before your big day. Oh, and some of the best star-gazing in all of Washington!
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is in the heart of the Big Sky State. Home to the “Going to the Sun Road” made famous for its appearance on “The Shining” and other films, the park is everything you think of when you picture Montana. Visit their website for information about eloping there. There are so many epic hiking trails, pull-offs and secret hideaways for your epic, mountain elopement.
Grand Teton National Park
A lot of people flock to Wyoming to visit the most visited national park in the world: Yellowstone. But a little bit of a lesser-known park in Wyoming is Grand Teton National Park. The Tetons are this rigid, unique mountain range and the park is filled with hiking, lodging, and wildlife. It’s quiet, even in the busy season, and there are so many options for a beautiful mountain elopement with this unique mountain range in the background. Get off the beaten path a little with Wyoming’s best national park!
The Dolomites, Italy
The Italian Dolomites are just too beautiful for words. If you are going for a mountain destination elopement, maybe go a little out of the box with a lesser-known mountain range in Northern Italy. Located close to Florence and Tuscany, the Dolomites will take your breath away. There’s no bad time to visit, and there’s no bad place to elope. And the best part! So many amazing lodging options surround you in this area, whether you want to stay in a cute, authentic Italian village, or in a chalet in the middle of nowhere with just the mountains guiding you.
Looking for a mountain elopement on the east coast? Well then look no further than the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Get lost in this quiet national park. Hikes to mountain views, waterfalls and wildlife all await you here. Get an Airbnb and enjoy your quiet natural surroundings.
Desert Elopement Locations
Moab, Utah is the midwest’s best-kept secret. Home to two epic National Parks, and multiple state parks, towering red rock formations, scenic drives, rock climbing and hiking for all levels, it is not hard to find your own special spot for an elopement. Seriously, the amazing thing about being here in Moab is that no matter where you are, it feels like you have the place to yourself, Like a giant playground for adults, Moab is for everyone looking for adventure, and a special elopement to call their own.
Located in the town of Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. It’s like a secret Grand Canyon. Sunsets and Sunrises alike are epic, the opportunity for adventure is endless. Stick to a weekday elopement to avoid crowds, and visit their website for permit information.
Sedona is a region of Arizona located in the North, near Flagstaff. It is famous for its peaceful vacation homes among steep red rock buttes, canyons, and pine forests. It sports numerous trails and outdoor activities for all interest and activity levels. We love Sedona for its peacefulness and tranquility and overwhelming natural beauty. There are so many epic spots to say your “I dos”. From peaceful hiking trails to pull-offs right off the side of the road. Also, one of my favorite perks of Sedona, so many peaceful and luxurious Airbnbs for the afterparty!
Zion National Park
Zion National park is perhaps the crowned jewel of Utah. It’s arguably the most popular National Park in the whole state. Only an hour or so drive from Las Vegas, Zion is the epitome of epic desert vibes. People flock from all over the world to visit this pristine, amazing gem. Visit their website for a list of approved spots for weddings. Or, for just the two of you, find a remote spot in the park.
The Sahara Desert
Now if you’re cutting to the chase and are looking for the true desert elopement, then why not think about the world-famous, Sahara Desert? The Sahara Desert is the oldest and biggest desert in the world. Rolling hills of tan sand for hundreds of miles means one of the most remote, and peaceful places possible for an elopement. What an adventure! Stay in Morocco and book a tour with a tour guide for your safety and security in this moody, and dangerous place. and say your “I dos” with the camels you rode in on in the background.
Coastal Elopement Locations
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is everything you want out of an Oregon Coast elopement. Just a few hours outside of Portland, Cannon Beach is the ideal spot to come to unwind. Epic shoreline, and waves crashing on the beautiful Haystack rock that you can run up to, we love this beach for how unique, and photogenic it is. Not to mention the adorable beach town, home to delicious restaurants, seaside shopping, and amazing Airbnbs and boutique hotels. If your dream is to be a barefoot, PNW bride, then this is the place for you!
Hawaii may host a lot of resorts, and luxury beaches… but it is so much more than that. It is the adventurers’ oasis! On top of its pristine beaches and it’s amazing resorts, it sports gorgeous, volcano hikes, beautiful waterfalls, and secret shorelines. Visit a beach at sunset for your elopement, wear a traditional lei, incorporating the beautiful culture of people who walk that very soil. Visit any of the amazing Islands, Maui, Kauai, Honolulu, or Oahu, for the very coastal vibes you are looking for. Then post up at a resort for a relaxing honeymoon!
I mean, can you get more coastal with Greece? Right on the Adriatic Sea, Greece is a stunning sunbleached island with coastline for days, and some of the most stunning ancient architecture you’ll ever see. A Greek elopement could mean your toes in a black sand beach in Santorini. Or rooftop nuptials with the sea below, and then an all-nighter in the party town of Mykonos. The options are endless in this gorgeous country.
Unique Elopement Locations
Isle of Skye
If you want to embrace the magic of Scotland in your elopement, Isle of Skye is the place for your “I dos”. I’m going to do my best to describe this place, but it’s so unique it’s going to be hard! Isle of Skye is a remote, coastal region in northern Scotland, famous for its unique coastline and its jagged cliffsides. Its the perfect place for a romantic elopement. Stay in one of the tiny fishing villages for a true adventure, and hike out to grand views for your I dos.
Iceland has become the Mecca of adventurous elopements. Couples flock from all over the world to say “I do” in Iceland. And for good reason! a small, green, temperamental Island, Iceland is home to the most unique landscape you will ever see. Hundreds of roaring waterfalls, black sand beaches, canyons, glaciers, volcanoes, and all things epic, this is the very place you should go to feel the smallest. Because most of the island is uninhabitable, there is no shortage of peaceful places to go. Every hiking trail, dirt road, and landscape you come upon will make you feel like you’re the only one there.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most popular destination, and for good reason. A jagged, and jarring cliffside plummeting into crystal blue water, The Cliffs of Moher is about as “Ireland” as you can get. It’s a stone’s throw from the tiny farming village of Doolin, or the more well-known party town of Galway, embrace the magic of Ireland by getting married in one of the most breathtaking locations the country has to offer! Sunrise is the best time for a Cliffs of Moher elopement to beat the crowds of people that come from all over to visit this spectacular site.
Best Places To Elope In The US
Looking to elope in a specific location in the US? We break it down by start for you starting with some of the most popular states.
Best places to elope in Colorado
Trail Ridge Road
Trail Ridge Road is my favorite place in Rocky Mountain National Park. At a little over 12,000 feet, Trail Ridge Road is one of the highest roads in the continental United States and boasts epic and stunning mountain views. Rocky Mountain National Park has so many amazing elopement locations but this is the best one. If you want an elopement that feels on top of the world, then trail Ridge Road awaits you.
Breckenridge is one of Colorado’s many mountain ski towns. It has the cutest downtown, with the mountains towering in the background, amazing Airbnb options and endless elopement locations. Boreas Pass is a beautiful mountain pass with many pull-offs with stunning views. Loveland Pass is only 30 minutes away, another stunning elopement location. Breckenridge has many shops, restaurants, and bakeries for all your elopement weekend needs.
Vail is another Colorado mountain town, famous for its winter and summer sports. It looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale, with a beautiful downtown full of luxury restaurants and shops, hotels and Airbnbs and the coolest Christmas market during the winter. There are also endless mountain elopements in this town. Take one of the ski lifts up to epic winter mountain views, or hike to a beautiful spot in the summer at sunrise.
Sand Dunes National Park
If you’re looking for something a little different in sunny Colorado, then maybe skip down to the desert for some epic, sand dunes action. This place will make you feel like you’re in the Sahara, with rolling hills of sand, clear skies that turn pinks and blues during sunset, and some of the best stargazing you’ll ever see. If you are looking for a unique adventure in Colorado, then the Sand Dunes are perfect for you.
Garden of the Gods
If the desert vibe is what you are looking for, then you’ll find no more unique a place than Garden of the Gods. Tucked away in Colorado Springs, home of Pikes Peak, one of the highest mountains in Colorado, Garden of the Gods is desert meets lush rolling green hills. People flock from all over to the Garden of the Gods for hiking, and rock climbing. It is stunning and there are so many options for elopements. Pro tip: have a sunrise elopement here, to beat the crowds.
Maroon Bells boasts being the most photographed place in Colorado. And for good reason! It’s a beautiful alpine lake sporting colorful mountain views.
Best places to elope in Florida
Saint Pete Beach
I chose Saint Pete Beach because of all the Florida beach towns, this one does it right. A quiet, trendy, and hip beach town, Saint Pete Beach is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Tampa, while still being within an hour of the city. Home to so many breweries, boutiques, delicious farm to table restaurants, and gorgeous, beachside Airbnbs and hotels, Saint Pete Beach is the Florida west coast beach for the young and trendy elopement.
The beach is gorgeous, and with it being on the west side of the state, it is one of the few that boasts gorgeous ocean sunsets. The shoreline is stunning and clean, and not as crowded as surrounding west coast beaches. Say your “I dos” on the beach and then hit up a local brewery for dinner and drinks after!
The Oxford Exchange
The Oxford Exchange is the epitome of a trendy wedding venue! It’s a large indoor market with cafes, a restaurant, ballroom, and offices upstairs, which may not sound like an appealing venue, but you’re wrong! I promise! It’s a gorgeous structure with so many beautiful features like pristine checkered tile floors, a spiral staircase, a wall of plants, and so much more. Contact them to see what their elopement packages are like!
The Acre is in the heart of Winter Park, the foodie capital of Central Florida! Winter Park is an amazing place in Florida to have your elopement if you love food, wine, and trendy vibes. The Acre is a trendy wonderland, with the main lodge with a gorgeous bridal suite, a de-constructed white building covered in gorgeous vines. A full hedge wall, a vintage, tiny house chapel, and so much more. The options for the perfect, picturesque elopement are endless.
Saint Augustine is famous for being the oldest city in Florida. Full of old buildings, historical icons, beautiful beaches and so much more, people flock from all over to visit this historical, vintage city. It has the cutest downtown full of delicious bars and restaurants, perfect for a fun night out, and endless elopement locations.
When you think of Florida, what do you picture? Palm trees, and white sand beaches? Beach bars with signature rum drinks, cabanas, and crystal clear water? Well if you’re looking for the ultimate Florida experience, Key West is the place for your elopement. The beaches are pristine, and the pride the locals have in their towns makes it so much more authentic. There is an assortment of themed bars and restaurants, gorgeous shorelines, hotels and Airbnbs, state parks for a beautiful Florida elopement.
Looking for an off-the-beaten-path elopement? Are you an out of the box thinker? Then the Ringling Museum will blow your mind! This place is an architectural wonder! It’s reminiscent of architects like Barcelona’s Gaudi, this museum has so many unique features that are picture-perfect. They have elopement packages available and so many options on property.
Spanish Point is in the heart of Sarasota and is a tropical, Florida treasure. Acres of green and picturesque property for photos, and the most adorable, tiny chapel for your ceremony, this is the perfect venue for your Florida elopement.
Lake Louisa State Park
Lake Louisa State Park is a great Florida elopement location if you are looking for something a little unique to Florida. A large, quiet state park, full of rolling hills, a little shoreline, campsites, and beautiful sunsets, Lake Louisa State Park is a gorgeous spot for a quiet elopement. This is a large, pristine park, so visit their website to see if you need permission for a small elopement here.
Best places to elope in California
Redwood National Forest
The Redwood National Forest in California is the perfect place for the couple looking for a peaceful, surreal experience. Giant redwood clusters stand as the tallest and some of the oldest trees on earth. Some of them growing to up to 300 feet tall, and thousands of years old. The forest is stunning, and out of this world. Get married among these ancient beasts to be reminded of how small we are, and how important the nature around us really is.
The Big Sur is a famous coastline of the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California. It’s blue water white caps and crashes on a jagged, green cliffside. Get married down at the beach at sunset, on a weekday to avoid crowds. Or stand tall on top of the cliffs, looking down at the ocean below.
Best places to elope in Washington State
Mount Baker is the epitome of Washington adventure elopement. If you are looking to go hardcore, and totally private, mount Baker area is a great hidden gem. Tons of off-roading, and strenuous trails that lead you to the most stunning views that make you feel so tiny, Mount Baker is for those who truly love to get their hands dirty.
North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National park is our number 1 pick for a reason! It’s called the Sea of Peaks! Only a couple hours from Seattle, the park is free to get in and doggie friendly in most areas. It has some of the most diverse alpine landscape, with white-capped mountains towering above. The options for all activity levels, elopement sizes, and backgrounds are endless. Treks into the mountains, or pull-offs right off the road.
Mount Rainier National Park
Standing at 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is an active volcano towering over its surrounding mountain range, it’s Washington State’s icon… its mascot. So many people choose a Mount Rainier elopement because it represents Washington so well. It’s not always out, because of the typical Washington fog: such a catch 22 for such a beautiful state. However when it is, it is breathtaking, and it’s hard to look at anything else. Mount Rainier National Park is the most visited national park in the state of Washington, and for good reason. It has so many adventure elopement options, you can’t go wrong.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park sits on the west side of the State, stretching all the way to the coast. Home to the Hoh rainforest, the northernmost rainforest in the world, the La Push beaches, clothing-optional hot springs, Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, secret waterfalls, quiet, tucked away hiking trails and some of the BEST star gazing the state has to offer.
Finding a place to elope in Olympic national park is either super difficult or super easy, depending on if you are a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” kind of person. It’s super difficult because you have so many options it may be hard to decide, but super easy because there is not an ugly spot in this park. Just keep an eye out for “goat capture”!
Only about an hour to an hour and a half drive from Seattle, the Snoqualmie pass region is to die for. Home to Gold Creek Pond, Franklin Falls, Rattlesnake Ledge and many more amazing features, Snoqualmie is Seattle’s hidden gem. Surrounded by many quaint mountain towns for you to stay in, Snoqualmie is accessible and may give you more peace of mind planning your adventurous elopement or intimate wedding.
Best places to elope in Oregon
Cannon Beach is everything you would want from the west coast, PNW beach. The most beautiful, moody shoreline, with a haystack rock as its icon. Walk right up to the towering Haystack rock and twirl on the sandy beaches at sunset to say your vows. So many adorable Airbnbs sit in this town, and their downtown offers everything you need for a cozy, romantic, elopement weekend. If you dream of ditching the shoes and running barefoot on an jaw-dropping beach, then Cannon Beach is for you.
When you picture west coast beaches, Cape Kiwanda is that picture in your head. Cliffs with roaring waves crashing up and threatening to pull you into the sea, towering rock formations, seaside caves, and epic sunsets. Cape Kiwanda is the perfect barefoot beach to say your vows on, or throw on your hiking boots and hike up to the awesome cliffs. Just be extremely careful up on the cliffs. The rock is slippery and the ocean will swallow you up.
There are over 250 waterfalls in the state of Oregon. Ones you can walk up to and ones you can just look at from a distance. Between Bend in southern Oregon, and The Columbia Gorge in the Portland area; you will find yourself surrounded by some of the most epic waterfalls you will ever see. Latourell Falls is a short drive from Portland, and a quick jaunt from the parking lot. An elopement at the base of this waterfall is sure to be amazing. Or Whaclella Falls, which has recently reopened after the Oregon fires left the hiking trail impassable. Another roaring waterfall with a pool at the bottom to dip your feet in.
Crater Lake is a beautiful, and slightly haunted, lake in Central Oregon. It’s crystal blue water and it’s epic views make this the perfect place for a sunrise or a sunset elopement. The crater was formed 7,700 years ago, when an eruption caused a peak to cave in, creating the crater and this awe-inspiring beauty.