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Places to Elope in Washington State

Eloping in Washington State is the perfect option for couples seeking an intimate ceremony surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of national parks. As you put together your Washington elopement package, you’ll need to think about where to elope in this gorgeous state. The towering evergreens and misty landscapes of Olympic National Park offer a romantic setting, while the iconic peak of Mount Rainier provides a majestic backdrop for vows.

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Washington Elopement Locations

Where should you elope in Washington State? Honestly, there are tons of views at any of the locations we’ll talk about. Our favorite places to elope by far are at Washington’s national parks. From the majestic peaks of Mount Rainier to the rugged coastline of Olympic National Park, these natural wonders provide a breathtaking backdrop for an intimate celebration. Imagine exchanging vows amidst towering evergreens, beside cascading waterfalls, or along the shores of serene lakes. Whether you choose the wildflower meadows of North Cascades or the dramatic landscapes of Mount St. Helens, Washington’s national parks offer diverse settings for a truly unforgettable elopement.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is one of our favorite places in WA because you get so many diverse areas to explore in just one park! Olympic has picturesque views from glacier and alpine areas to wildflower meadows and valleys of forests. With 194 trails, over 300 high mountain lakes in the park, over 350,000 acres of old-growth forests, 5 different beach areas, and so much more to explore, it’s easy to see why it’s so high on our list.

Permit Requirements: Special use permit is required, application fee is $50

Fill out the Special Use Permit application. Once you fill it out, send the application back to [email protected].

Getting There: Olympic is west of Seattle and is about 3 hours away (110 miles).

What is the Nearest Airport? The closest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma International.

Check out our Olympic National Park elopement guide.

Some of our favorite places to elope in Olympic National Park include…

Hoh Rainforest

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The Hoh Rainforest is a lush and enchanting ecosystem known for its extraordinary levels of rainfall, receiving an average of 140 to 170 inches annually. This temperate rainforest features towering Sitka spruce and Western hemlock trees, some reaching heights of 300 feet. The Hoh River runs through the forest. Vibrant mosses and ferns cover the forest floor, creating a magical atmosphere for your elopement.

Check out Kathy & Austin’s dreamy Olympic elopement featuring Hoh Rainforest for part of their adventure.

Hurricane Ridge

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Hurricane Ridge is a breathtaking mountainous destination that offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the majestic Mount Olympus. Rising nearly 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, attracting visitors with its diverse recreational opportunities, from hiking and wildlife viewing to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. One of the unique aspects of Hurricane Ridge is its accessibility—visitors can drive up to the ridge and be greeted by sweeping vistas without the need to go on a long hike.

Check out this 2-day small wedding at Hurricane Ridge.

Ruby Beach

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Ruby Beach is known for its sea stacks rising from the Pacific Ocean. Tidal pools and smooth, polished stones can be found along the shore of the beach. The beach is named after the garnet deposits in the sand that shimmer in the sunlight, resembling precious gems. The beach is a popular spot for many couples who decide to elope, offering opportunities to witness stunning sunsets, explore tide pools, and appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest coastline.

Learn how to elope in Olympic National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier is a pretty big park! We love that several major cities in Washington state (Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima…) are within 200 miles of the park, making this a great national park to explore if you’re traveling to and from your accommodation with family and friends. Mount Rainier, standing at 14,411 feet, is one of the oldest national parks in the United States. The park offers diverse ecosystems, from lush old-growth forests and alpine meadows adorned with wildflowers to towering glaciers cascading down the mountain’s slopes. Visitors can explore over 260 miles of trails. Mount Rainier itself is an active volcano and the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S., with numerous glaciers and snowfields.

Permit Requirements: Special use permit is required, application fee is $175

Getting There: Mt. Rainier is located southeast of Seattle and is about 2 hours and 30 min away (89 miles).

What is the Nearest Airport? The closest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma International.

Check out our Mt. Rainier elopement guide.

Some of our favorite places to elope in Mt Rainier include…

Sunrise Point

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Sunrise Point is a breathtaking vantage point that offers epic views of the iconic Mount Rainier. Situated at an elevation of 6,400 feet, it provides a stunning panorama of the mountain’s majestic glaciers, rugged terrain, and alpine meadows. The name “Sunrise” is fitting, as this location is renowned for its spectacular sunrise vistas, painting the mountain in hues of pink and orange. Sunrise Point provides access to high alpine environments and is a haven for wildflower lovers during the summer months.

Tipsoo Lake

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Tipsoo Lake, nestled in the Mount Rainier National Park, offers a captivating alpine experience. Situated at an elevation of 5,298 feet, the lake provides a stunning reflection of the iconic Mount Rainier, especially during sunrise and sunset. In the summer, vibrant wildflowers can be seen in the surrounding meadows. This area is also a great spot if you’re planning a micro wedding in WA since this location is easily accessible.

Fremont Lookout Fire Lookout

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Fremont Lookout is one of our personal favorite fire lookouts in Washington State. This historic fire lookout with stunning views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscapes. The trial itself is a 5.7-mile out-and-back trail near Sunrise Inn, Washington. It’s considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 hours and 48 min to complete. While you can’t camp near the lookout, there are some backpacking options close to it, like Sunrise Camp, Forest Lake, or Berkley Park.

Check out this elopement at Fremont Lookout.

Paradise

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Paradise is an alpine destination that lives up to its name. At an elevation of 5,400 feet, Paradise offers couples breathtaking views of the towering Mount Rainier. You’ll also see meadows with vibrant wildflowers and other pristine alpine landscapes. It is open year-round, perfect for hiking in the summer and winter for activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Check out this elopement with family featuring Paradise at Mt. Rainier. 

Learn how to elope in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Mount Baker Snoqualmie Forest

Mt. Baker Snoqualmie Forest often goes hand in hand with Mt. Rainier National Park. The forest itself is one of the most popular forests in the U.S. This area has some of the most picturesque hiking trails too! This area encompasses nearly 1.7 million acres. Home to towering peaks, including the glaciated Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, the forest offers a spectacular array of landscapes, from dense old-growth forests to alpine meadows. With over 1,500 miles of trails, there are endless opportunities for hiking, backpacking, and wildlife viewing during your elopement adventure.

Permit Requirements: No Special use permit is required

Getting There: Mount Baker is about 1 hour and 20 min. (50 miles) from Seattle.

What is the Nearest Airport? The closest airport is Bellingham, WA (BLI), but most people coming from out of the area choose to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Check out some of our favorite places to visit in Mt. Baker Snoqualmie Forest…

Artist Point

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Artist Point is a breathtaking alpine destination offering unparalleled views of the North Cascades, including the prominent Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. At an elevation of approximately 5,200 feet, Artist Point provides a stunning panoramic view accessible by car during the summer months. The name “Artist Point” comes from the inspiring and picturesque landscapes that have drawn artists to capture the scenery.

A little further down the road, you’ll reach Picture Lake in the area. This is one of the most popular lakes in the area with Mt. Shuksan over the water. We also love how there is an accessible loop around the lake, making it a great adventure for all ages.

Check out this dreamy boho-styled elopement featuring Artist Point.

Heather Meadows

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Near Artist Point, there is Heather Meadows. This is perfect for couples who want to plan a small wedding during the summer with gorgeous wildflowers around them from June to mid-July. If you don’t want to plan a summer elopement here, then we suggest a fall elopement. Even though you don’t get the wildflowers, you’ll get the changing colors all around you, including the huckleberry leaves.

Skyline Divide

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The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest is known for their gorgeous views and hikes. The Skyline Divide is a little over 7 miles and takes you through the forest before opening up to a ridge where you can see Mt. Baker. It’s a bit of a challenge, but the views at almost 2,500 feet will make you realize it was all worth it!

North Cascades National Park

The North Cas​​cades has epic mountain peaks, pristine alpine lakes, and lush evergreen forests, providing a stunning backdrop for your wedding day. North Cascades is located about 3 hours north of Seattle and has almost 400 miles of trails within and around the forest with some of the most picturesque views you can ask for. There are more than 120 alpine lakes, 300 glaciers, and plenty of spots that are also dog-friendly.

Permit Requirements: Special use permit is required, application fee is $50

Getting There: North Cascades is about 107 miles northeast of Seattle. A little over 2 hours.

What is the Nearest Airport? The nearest airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the closest major airports are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Portland International Airport (PDX).

Check out our North Cascades elopement guide.

Some of our favorite places to visit in the Cascades include…

Washington Pass Overlook

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The Washington Pass Overlook in North Cascades National Park is a breathtaking vantage point offering mountain views. Situated along the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), this overlook provides visitors with a stunning panorama of Liberty Bell Mountain and the Early Winters Spires. At an elevation of 5,477 feet. The breathtaking scenery is complemented by alpine meadows and, during the summer, vibrant wildflowers add a burst of color to the already awe-inspiring backdrop.

Fire Lookouts

North Cascades National Park in Washington State is home to several historic fire lookouts that provide unique opportunities to experience the park’s wilderness and enjoy panoramic views of its rugged landscapes. These fire lookouts, such as those at Desolation Peak and Sourdough Mountain, were originally constructed for wildfire detection and are now often available for hikers and adventurers to rent as rustic accommodations. Keep in mind that details about access, availability, and conditions may change, so it’s advisable to check with the National Park Service for the latest information on fire lookout opportunities in North Cascades National Park.

Alpine Lakes

North Cascades National Park is home to a network of stunning alpine lakes, each offering a unique and captivating experience for couples. Some of these alpine lakes are more accessible than others, and some require an expert to help you get there! We suggest teaming up with a Washington elopement photographer who specializes in these alpine PNW elopements.

Learn how to elope in North Cascades National Park

More Places to Elope in Washington State

Seattle, WA

Maybe you’re planning a small wedding and want to include some family members. Seattle, Washington is an ideal location to stay and plan your intimate wedding. A lot of couples who even plan their elopement in Washington State decided to plan a Seattle elopement because they can have the best of both worlds. Seattle is known for being rainy, so if couples want to avoid rain – July & August are their best bet! If you’re ok with a little bit of rain, then make sure to pack some clear umbrellas for cool photo ops.

Check out Seattle’s wedding venues included in our FREE elopement guide.

Leavenworth, WA

In the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is a charming Bavarian-themed village. With its alpine architecture and mountain views, it provides a cozy and romantic setting for elopements. Leavenworth is surrounded by the Cascade Mountains, and there are various viewpoints and overlooks that offer stunning panoramic views. Places like the Leavenworth Ski Hill or overlooks along Highway 2 provide breathtaking backdrops for your elopement. You can plan an elopement ceremony in a private cabin or wedding venue, or you can even go to one of the parks in the village.

Check out this Colchuck Lake Elopement in Leavenworth, WA

Snoqualmie Falls

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Snoqualmie Falls is known for its impressive cascades in gorgeous Snoqualmie, WA. Plummeting 268 feet, Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most iconic and visited waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest. It is easily accessible, with an observation deck providing breathtaking views of the falls and the Snoqualmie River below. The falls hold cultural significance for the Snoqualmie Tribe, who consider the site sacred.

Check out this anniversary session at Snoqualmie Falls.

Gold Creek Pond

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Gold Creek Pond is a scenic and accessible destination known for its tranquility and picturesque surroundings near the Snoqualmie Region. Nestled in the Cascade Range, the pond is encompassed by evergreen forests and offers stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Baker. Gold Creek Pond is particularly beautiful during the fall when the foliage transforms into vibrant hues, creating a captivating landscape.

Check out this Gold Creek Pond elopement with family in Washington.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a National Forest in southern Washington, managed by the United States Forest Service. With an area of 1.32 million acres, it extends along the western slopes of Cascade Range from Mount Rainier National Park to the Columbia River. Mount Rainier National Park is located in the Gifford Pinchot and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests.

Permit Requirements: No Special use permit is required

Check out some of our favorite places to elope in Gifford Pinchot…

Mount St. Helens

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The iconic Mount St. Helens provides a dramatic and unique backdrop for your elopement. There are various viewpoints and trails around the mountain that offer stunning vistas.

Observation Peak

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This peak offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, making it a scenic and elevated location for an elopement with a mountainous backdrop. This is home to the iconic Mount St. Helens, and eloping in its shadow offers a dramatic and unique backdrop. The volcano and its surrounding landscapes provide an awe-inspiring setting for a memorable ceremony.

Trillium Lake

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This beautiful lake is surrounded by forested landscapes and provides a serene setting for an elopement ceremony. The reflection of the trees in the clear waters adds to the natural beauty.

 

Washington A-Frame Cabins

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Eloping in an A-frame cabin in Washington State is a fantastic idea for several reasons. The A-frame architecture itself provides a unique element for your elopement. These cabins often feature large, picturesque windows that showcase Washington’s natural beauty. It also creates a cozy and intimate setting for exchanging vows.

Washington State’s diverse landscapes offer a range of A-frame cabin locations, from secluded spots in the mountains to tranquil retreats near lakes or rivers. This variety allows couples to choose a setting that resonates with their personal style and preferences.

A-frame cabins give you privacy, which adds to the allure of eloping. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of more traditional venues. You and your partner can focus on each other and the significance of your commitment instead of worrying about others.

Check out this Cozy River A-Frame Cabin Elopement With Hawaiian Traditions in Packwood, WA.

Permits for Your Washington Elopement

Now that you found the perfect place to elope in Washington, let’s make sure you get all the permits you need. If you’re planning to elope at one of the locations above, you need to make sure you apply and pay for your special use permit for your wedding day. Don’t forget to print it out and bring it with you! Acquiring a permit involves making sure you’re following the rules and regulations during your elopement adventure.

You’ll also need to account for park entrances, parking passes, wilderness permits, and any other applicable permits if you want to have decor (if allowed at your location).

Why Do I Need a Permit For My Elopement?

Some couples may think, “Why would I need a permit? It’s just going to be us and our photographer…” While you may be planning a “just us” experience, it’s important to remember that permits are there to make sure you are following the rules to protect and maintain the land for future visitors years from now.

Obtaining a permit also means you’re actively supporting your local parks because that money goes toward the park’s maintenance. So please, make sure you have your correct permitting information to avoid any complications during your wedding day (like getting fined or being asked to leave the park).

How Much and How Long Does it Take to Obtain a Permit?

This varies from park to park, but the general guideline is to plan at least 4 weeks in advance.

More popular locations will require more time. We try to mention this for each specific location but always double-check the area you’re interested in because permit requirements can change at any time.

The price of the permit also varied depending on the actual park. Expect to pay from $50-$200 for your Washington State wedding permit.

Washington Elopement Photographers

In order to best navigate deciding among these places to elope in Washington, we suggest teaming up with an experienced elopement photographer who specializes in elopements and small weddings in WA. By teaming up with one of the vendors below you’ll gain incredible insight while planning your PNW elopement adventure.

Most elopement photographers offer custom Washington elopement packages that will include a detailed timeline, location scouting for more intimate locations, documenting your adventure, and providing valuable tips and advice for what to pack during your elopement and how to properly practice leave no trace.

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