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Best Places to Elope in The US and Worldwide

Choosing a place for your elopement may seem intimidating, but just know we are here for you every step of the way, wherever this adventure takes us.

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How to Find The Perfect Place To Elope

Each elopement is extremely different from the next, unlike traditional weddings. Each has its own personality. One location that is right for one couple may be horrible for the other. As someone who has worked with countless couples to have the ultimate adventure elopement, my biggest advice when selecting your elopement location is not to select it based on the beautiful photos you see on peoples websites and instagrams. 

When you are searching the web and plenty of blogs and pages on “the best places to elope” you will see a lot of places coming up over and over again. Many of these have rightfully earned their spot on everyone’s list.

You may see some on one website, but not on other photographers’ pages. These lists do not validate the beauty and experience of each National Park or location. Just like every elopement is different, every elopement photographer is different. At Adventure and Vow, we believe your wedding day should reflect your true connection as a couple.

As a result, our list focuses on the areas that we know, the areas we connect with the most, and the areas that we believe can offer a couple an incredible experience. These are by no means the only places to elope, but I hope they inspire you in planning your unique elopement day.

 

Pick your elopement location based on how you want your elopement to feel, what type of experience you wish to have, what you want to see, taste and do.

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Best Adventurous and Beautiful Elopement Locations

Best Places To Elope in the US

  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Colorado
  • Alaska

Best Places To Elope Around 

the World

  • ICELAND
  • NEW ZEALAND
  • NORWAY
  • ITALY
  • PATAGONIA
  • GREENLAND
  • THAILAND

Best elopement Locations

California Elopement Locations

Joshua Tree

Why elope in Joshua Tree? It is a perfect desert oasis for a mix of adventure and aesthetics with its vast desert wilderness and beautiful Yucca trees which the park is named after. Joshua Tree can also be considered a super family-friendly elopement location since many of the areas in the park where you can get married are very accessible.

A permit is required to get married in Joshua Tree, and the current fee is a non-refundable $120. The Park also has specific areas where a ceremony is allowed to be held.

The West Coast weather here is perfect from basically late September to the first week of May.

What to do on your elopement day in Joshua Tree: Rock Climbing, this is a mecca for short, casual but fantastic climbing on amazing granite rock. Off-road, hike, and sightsee the different areas within the park. Have a private chef dinner, picnic, cook together, horseback ride.

How to get to Joshua Tree: Depending on where you’re driving in from, Interstates 10 or 40 will eventually lead you to California State Route 62 into Joshua Tree. If you’re flying into Joshua Tree, the closest airports are San Diego and Palm Springs. You will need a rental car.

a bride and groom run along the beach, smiling widely. he wears beige board shorts, while she wears a pink and red bikini. he's carrying a surfboard.
BIG SUR

Big Sur is a stunning area of state parks and land lining the coast with rocky cliffs. You are bound to see seals in the coves. You can elope here on an overlook, on the beach shore, or in the forest. Big Sur is for sure the place to elope if you want to disconnect from everything else since service is very limited, but if you want to be in service you can check out staying in the Monterey or Carmel area. As a bonus, Monterey has some fantastic whale-watching tours year-round!

Why Elope in Big Sur: This is a great place to relax, explore, and have an epic beach elopement. There are many places to glamp, camp, or stay in a resort. If you are eloping and bringing along the family this is for sure a location you want to consider! Many of the trails are easy and the area would be enjoyable for anyone.

The weather in Big Sur is for sure hit or miss. It is on the California coast so you can expect fog on and off throughout most days, but then again you can expect sunshine at any time lol. The height of the season in the area is typically April to October, but September to November is probably the best time to go. I would avoid December to February due to potential mudslides.

In Big Sur, you can camp, hike, take a sailboat ride, go whale watching, surf, or ride a motorcycle or convertible down Hwy 1.

How to get to Big Sur: You will need to rent a car to get here. You can fly into the San Jose airport, but the closest airport is a very small airport in Monterey.

Some places to stay in Big Sur that we love: Post Ranch Inn, Ventana, or these cute unique little cabins

couple overlooking the valleys of Yosemite.
Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is one of the “stars of the show” elopement locations in the United States. If you have at all googled eloping you have probably seen a photo of the iconic Taft Point. Yosemite is lovely for its beautiful granite walls, wildlife in the park, waterfalls, and hiking vistas. Do not be fooled by the Instagram photos you see, this park is busy! We recommend eloping here on the edge of season and during off season.

Yosemite does require a permit for getting married within the park. There are restrictions on locations and times, so be sure to reach out to their permit office once you know you’d like to elope here!

What is there to do in Yosemite: If you are a climber there is definitely a route for you here! The park has both big walls and craging. You can float the river through the park, hike one of the many trails, or camp out by a fire.

How to Get to Yosemite: Driving into the park no matter how you do it is down scenic winding roads. You can fly into Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other smaller and closer airports. You will need to rent a car from the Airport. Note during season you will need to use the shuttle bus to get around to the trails from the valley floor.

A couple explores Death Valley as the evening ends on their wedding day.
Death Valley
Death Valley may not sound like a dreamy place to elope based on the name, but do not let the name scare you. If you are looking for a non-snowy winter elopement location, then you have just hit the jack pot! 
 
 
This national park is one full of wonder from high reaching sand dunes, salt flats that will bring you to the lowest point in North America, as well as epic trails and vistas and wildly colored rock formations. This is a great place to elope if you want to romp around the desert in isolation with your lover for a care free elopement experience. 
 
How to get to Death Valley: If you’re driving into Death Valley, be sure your vehicle is in road trip condition, as breaking down in desolate desert with no cell service can quickly turn a dream trip into a serious drag. The closest airport is Las Vegas, but some choose to travel here by flying into Las Angeles as there are many other National Parks near by you could explore on your way in.
a couple strike a pose on the top of lake Tahoe's mountains. the ocean and mountains are in the background, below them.
Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known for its clear lake perfect for swimming or floating along in a kayak, but also for its epic winter ski slopes. Making this area a great place to consider eloping year-round!

The cute quaint town of Truckee on the lake offers a great place to stay, dine, and recreate outside of the lake area. This also helps make this location family-friendly! There are many vista views you can hike to for an elopement here, or you can elope on the lake shore, down in the pines, or up on the mountain pass by the ski slopes. If you plan to be here in the winter, be sure to be aware of potential road closures!

How to get to Lake Tahoe: The lake has access all around its circumference, so depending on where you are coming from and where you are headed will dictate whether you’re driving in on state roads 89, 267, or 50. For flights to Lake Tahoe consider flying into the Sacramento airport or the Reno-Tahoe airport and acquiring a rental for the one to two-hour drive.

A special use permit is very likely to be required for holding your wedding along the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Oregon Elopement Locations

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Brookings

We love Brookings for its privacy and endless beautiful coastal views. This area is a bit secluded, making for an intimate elopement experience. It is still centrally located, not too far away from the Red Woods National Park area. So you can get to the coast and the beautiful forest all in one day!

Why would anyone want to elope in the middle of nowhere? Well, a few reasons! Privacy, untouched beauty all around, and just peacefulness. That to me sounds like what you want on your elopement day! Brookings can be a family-friendly elopement location if your family doesn’t mind the travel to the location or its remoteness.

In Brookings, there are many different coastal areas to explore, sea life to search for, places to glamp, or you could hike the nearby Red Woods. Don’t forget depending on the time of year to try to see some whales out in the bay!

Driving to Brookings takes you along the gorgeous Highway 101. For flying in, you can come into the small airport in Crescent City, California to save driving time. Otherwise, the nearest major airport is in Medford, Oregon, a two-and-a-half-hour drive.

A couple climbs in Smith Rock State Park together at sunrise in their wedding attire.
Smith Rock

In the high desert of Oregon, you will find this little gem. At certain views of this state park, you can see some of the surrounding mountains like Mt Hood and Three Sisters.

Eloping here would be a climber's dream since it is a world destination for sports routes, but it also offers so much more variety. The park is close to a town, close to skiing, there is a river flowing right through it, and it's definitely unlike almost anything else you have seen in the States. Smith Rock has a couple of areas for a perfect ceremony location with family and the surrounding areas do as well.

Since this is High Desert the best time to elope would be Fall through Spring, avoiding high summer temperatures is best.

In Smith Rock and the surrounding area you can hike, fish, float, ski, climb, camp, seek out waterfalls or hot springs, watch for eagles, etc.

Driving to get to Smith Rock, the state park sits beside state route 97 to the right side of Terrebonne. You can fly into Redmond or Portland, Oregon and from either of these airports, you can drive in.

Smith Rock does require a permit for being married within the park, and currently only the amphitheater is reserved for wedding ceremonies.

A couple holds each other close near a waterfall in the forest.
Columbia Gorge Area

Just outside of Portland, Oregon is an entire oasis of elopement locations. This area is fantastic for a lot of reasons. It is easily accessible, offers a variety of locations, and can be fun for just you two or you two and your guests!

The Columbia Gorge offers a lot of different elopement locations like a large variety of waterfalls, forests along the river, overlooks, and more. Once you are in the area you can hike, climb, go to wineries, farms, and more! It’s also so close to Portland, that you can stay in the city and day trip your way into the Gorge.

Since this is so close to Portland, it is for sure the best airport to fly into for a visit, only an hour's drive from there, depending on where you’re going in the area. The best time to visit the Gorge is in mid-spring through summer, or from April to August for the least amount of rain and for the highest chance to see wildflowers.

Like many national forest areas within the country, a special use permit is only required for a group of 75 people or more. A group this large however is difficult to imagine in the scenic locations anyway.

Washington Elopement Locations

a couple runs on the beach in their wedding attire - him, a suit, and her, a short white dress and bouquet.
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is home to the coast, mountains, lakes, and rainforest all in one! The park and coastline can be quite moody with low-laying clouds throughout the day.

Things to do: In the park, you can visit all of the ecosystems, you can hike anywhere from 1 mile to 22 miles, kayak the crystal clear lake, surf, or go backpacking! It truly is a magical and varied landscape.

Be sure to check out Airbnb and VRBO for some epic little A-Frame cabins, there are also a few hotels/resorts connected to the National Park. If you want to stay closer to civilization we recommend staying in Port Angeles.

How to get to Olympic National Park: You will need to fly into SEA-TAC airport and from there rent a car. However, you can drive the entire way or you can hop on a Ferry from Seattle or Port Angeles and drive the rest of the way.

No permit is required for a group of 5 or fewer. However, you will need one if your group is any bigger.

A bride grabs her groom for a kiss on their wedding day in Mt Rainier National Park at sunset.
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is a pure gem. The mountain of mountains, to me at least. Bill always jokes I will leave him for this mountain lol. We actually got married here ourselves! The wildflowers, the glaciers, and the trails are just lush and perfect for an adventure elopement. We recommend eloping here between May and September to avoid the rain and snow.

What to do: You can camp in one of the many campsites, hike, check out a fire tower, or summit a glacier with a guide/permit.

How to get to Mt Rainier: The park is about two and a half hours from Seattle, WA. So you will need to drive into the park and if you are coming from out of Washington fly into SEA-Tac. You can stay at a nearby Airbnb, again, check out those super cute A-Frames. The best areas to stay close by are Packwood, Enumclaw, and/or Ashford. There are also two hotels to stay within walking distance of the visitor centers. Of course, do not forget to check out the campsites in the park.

A permit is required for getting married in Mt. Rainier.

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Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington is a small faux German town surrounded by stunning mountains, vistas, rivers, and lakes. This is a fun area to stay for the whole family, but also one packed with potential for an adventure elopement.

We love Leavenworth as a town but definitely for an elopement location because of its variety of things to do like horseback riding, going to a reindeer farm, zip lining, hiking, off-roading, exploring the quaint town or even doing a two-day backpacking elopement in the enchantments! Really, it’s one of those towns that has so much to do for everyone of all ages.

The best way to get here is to fly into the Seattle airport and road trip into town. This is a great little town for a Christmas elopement for the festivities the town holds, but also for hitting the slopes! The fall is stunning here and the weather is just perfect in the summer.

Depending on where you are eloping in the Leavenworth region, a permit may or may not be required.

A couple stands watching sunset with Mt baker behind them.
North Cascades Mountains

The North Cascades are the northernmost national park in Washington. However, the mountain range connects to the Mt Baker Wilderness area which also has stunning mountainous views. This area is a bit more remote for getting to towns or having cell service, but all of that is made up for in its beauty of lakes, trails, slopes, and mountains.

Once you get to the North Cascades there are plenty of off-roading, hiking, climbing, skiing, and evening hangouts on the lakes. The summertime makes this one of the most beautiful places to elope, unless you want a snowy elopement on the slopes, but know that roads can close into the summer due to those deep winter snowfalls. Also, be aware in mountainous areas, things like avalanches can knock down trees and block forest service roads for an entire season, if not multiple.

The fastest way to get to the North Cascades is to fly into the Seattle airport and then rent a car to drive into the area. Total driving time will depend greatly on Seattle traffic and where you plan to go in the park, but expect no less than two and a half hours, but likely more.

A permit is required for getting married in the North Cascades. However, Mt Baker has more options and less restrictions.

a bride and groom laugh and embrace on San Juan islands, ocean in the background.
San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are a super romantic place to elope with stunning sunsets and beautiful ocean views as your backdrop! It’s a place to sit back and relax, but also explore the other islands or ocean waters. This tropical island is a great place to elope if you want something super low-key and that is family-friendly.

Once you are on the island there are breweries, coffee shops, and great dining. Along with the best beaches to have a fire, watch for the foxes, take a sailboat ride, kayak, whale watch, and more. Oh, did I mention sea planes!! You can also ferry over to the other islands like Orcas, Sucia, and more.

Since this is an island you will need to catch a ferry from Anacortes, WA, or take a private plane or boat ride to get into the islands. All of these options are a lot of fun. Once you are on the island you can drive around or take a bike around. The best time to elope here is late April to mid-October.

Depending on where within the island chain you are looking to elope, a permit may or may not be required.

Arizona elopement locations

a couple embracing on top of a rock, seen through a hole in the rocks of Sedona's canyons.
Sedona

Ahhhh Sedona, home of red rock formations, adventure for some and for others spiritual healing. Found in the center of Arizona, this is one unique desert background that is a must-visit elopement destination.

Eloping in Sedona has so many benefits, it’s not too far from a major city, but it’s also far enough away that you feel like you’re tucked in the wilderness. Sedona has a lot to offer within its limits, but also the surrounding areas have a lot to offer making it perfect for an elopement or an elopement and a honeymoon. Sedona has areas that are super adventurous, but also areas that make for a very family-friendly adventure wedding. There also aren’t currently any permit requirements for most elopements!

If you were to base the best time to elope here on weather we would tell you October - the first week of May. However, we strongly advise avoiding weekends and sunset times during peak season which is April + May due to traffic issues and trail traffic.

In Sedona, for your elopement, you can take a hot air balloon ride, private flight over the red rocks in a small plane, hike, climb, cliff jump into the river, do yoga, and more!

A groom celebrates his marriage on the edge of a cliff in Phoenix's Superstition Mountains at dusk.
Superstition Mountains

The Superstitions have a long history in the Gold Mining world and are very vast in their mountain ranges, surrounding the southern and eastern parts of the Phoenix region.

The Superstition Mountains make for a great place to elope for nature lovers because of their colorful sunsets, great hikes, and various locations. This area is also less crowded than places like Sedona or Horseshoe Bend when it comes to elopements and general trail traffic. This location can also be pretty close to resorts, Airbnb, great restaurants, and more if you want to drive back into the Phoenix region after the elopement.

The best time to elope in the Superstitions would be mid/late October to mid-March. Once it gets towards the summer months, temperatures can be super gnarly, not ideal for your wedding day.

The Superstition Mountains are probably most known for their hiking, but there are also places you can float the river, get on a boat on the lake, off-road, and/or climb.

Getting into the Superstitions requires a car and in some areas a 4x4. If you are coming from somewhere you need to fly in to get here you can fly into Phoenix airport or also the Mesa airport.

A permit may or may not be required depending on where in the area you are eloping.

A couple stands within a massive color rock formation.
Page

Page and its surrounding area going into Utah is just full of so much serene beauty. It's the most Northern area of Arizona that you can elope in and known for Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell, but what it has to offer for sure goes beyond that.

Eloping here is great if you want more privacy than what Sedona has to offer. Page also serves as a good base for traveling to areas like Zion, The Grand Canyon, and more!

We recommend eloping here from mid-September to the first week of May. Keep in mind it can be cooler here in the Winter than in the Sedona area, but Winter can still be pleasant and very private.

In Page, there is so much to do like boating, kayaking, hiking, exploring slot canyons via foot or by canyoneering, and of course some great star gazing.

To get to Page you can fly into Phoenix or you can fly into Vegas. We personally prefer Vegas when visiting this area since the flights are usually cheaper, but it all depends on your full trip plans.

Depending on where you are eloping in this area, a permit will or will not be required.

a couple embrace, touching noses at the Grand Canyon with snow surrounding them.
The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is an American classic and a place to visit from all over the world. There truly isn’t anything like it anywhere else, making it a very unique place to say I do.

Eloping in the Grand Canyon is classic. It's the perfect spot. From adventure elopements to just a downright epic wedding day. The Grand Canyon elopement locations are for the most part family friendly. The park is also accessible pretty easily from a decent-sized town, Flagstaff, making it desirable over parks that are more in the middle of nowhere.

The best time to elope in the Grand Canyon in my opinion is summer. Personally, we are big fans of the off-season though, which is winter. The park gets quiet, which also means more privacy and chances to see wildlife and ultimately have the best experience. I also think the most beautiful way to see the park is when it has a dusting of snow, layer up!!

Within the park, you can hike the edge checking out all the views from the top, hike down into the park going all the way to the Colorado River and/or Phantom Ranch. Outside of hiking and sightseeing, you can consider taking a tour via Pink Jeep or a Helicopter ride.

A permit is required for getting married at The Grand Canyon.

Utah elopement locations

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Zion National Park

Zion is a National Park that many come to for those big red rock views. It is often a vacation destination known as the climbing and hiking Mecca in the Southwest and just one of Utah’s many National Parks.

Eloping at this Utah National Park is especially appealing because it is so easy to get to from a major airport. However, that is not short of the fact it is stunning and unlike most places you will see in the United States.

Eloping in Zion offers several different adventures on your wedding day like climbing, hiking, off-roading, mountain biking, canyoneering, star gazing, or going beyond to further national parks and areas.

The best time to elope in Zion is late September to the end of April. As a reminder this is desert land, so the summers can be super brutal hot, and do not forget to drink plenty of water no matter what time of year it is!

Flying into Las Vegas Airport is the closest airport to Zion and renting a car from there. With all of the other national parks nearby, this is an awesome location to drive into and make a road trip out of the desert!

Like most national parks, a permit is going to be required to get married here.

A bride stems up a trad rock climbing route.
Moab

Moab is one of those places that takes you back to a world before civilization, it’s just a vast area of red rock, desert sand, rocks, and plants. The desert makes for a killer background to any elopement, but Moab to me is THE desert location, its seclusion, vastness, and breathtaking big world wonder surpasses any other desert in the US.

Once you are in Moab you can climb, mountain bike, hike, canyoneer, float the Colorado River and of course go off-roading! I'm not sure what Moab is known for more, off-roading or climbing lol.

The best time to elope here, much like the other desert areas on this list is late September to early May. Keep in mind this area gets more snow than a lot of the other desert regions, but nothing to shy away from in the Winter unless you want to do some of those sports that require dry rock, ya know?!

Getting to Moab is easiest if you fly into Salt Lake City or alternatively Grand Junction in Colorado. Depending on where you are coming from you may simply drive to the Moab area.

Depending on where you are looking to elope in Moab, a permit may or may not be required. Be sure to check with the land management in charge of your dream ceremony location.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell goes from Utah to Arizona, or the other way around depending on how you want to look at it. Lake Powell is an out-of-this-world lake surrounded by large desert cliffs. You may remember us mentioning Lake Powell earlier in the Arizona section of the best places to elope because you can access the lake from Page, Arizona.

Why would you want to elope on a lake?! Well for one, how does this even work?! You can rent houseboats from the Page area or Bullfrog area in Utah and elope on the lake docked on any of the shores. Outside of eloping ON the lake, you can elope on the outer edge of areas overlooking the lake from Arizona or Utah. This is an excellent location whether you want to elope on the lake or overlooking it.

The best time to elope on the lake would be spring or fall, so in some cases, the water is still warm enough to hop in or not, but outside still feels great, not too hot and not too cold.

There are several different ways to get to Lake Powell depending on which part of the lake you want to visit. You can fly into Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, etc. Either way, you will need to rent a car to get here.

A permit may be required depending on where you’re looking to get married along the lake.

a couple stands in Escalante, Utah. a bride's dress blows in the wind behind her partner. the landscape is flaming orange.
Escalante

Have you ever heard of Escalante, Utah? Maybe you have heard of the grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument which is probably the most well-known area in this region. We love this area because, well maybe you’ve never heard of it lol. This means it is a lot quieter than a lot of the other National Parks and State Parks in the Utah region, ideal for an intimate wedding day.. Outside of being a bit quieter, it is full of arches, canyons, and other epic desert landscapes.

Eloping here is great if you want one of those out-of-this-world, Mars-like experiences. We are talking deep in the desert. The best time to elope here is October-April. Winter can be cold and would be the off-season, so a lot of the shops are closed. Unless you’re looking for even greater isolation, this is why we think you should mostly consider the spring and fall time periods.

Once you get to Escalante, things you can do for your adventure elopement are hike slot canyons, off-road to some insane landscapes, star gaze, swim, canyoneer, camp, and more!

Wyoming Elopement Locations

The mountain peaks of the Grand Tetons with a pasture in the foreground.
Grand Tetons National Park

Outside of one of the most iconic National Parks in the US, Yellowstone is a National Park that has endless wildlife, and mountain views, but a heck of a lot less traffic. The Grand Tetons are one of those hidden gems where you can really get amongst nature with roaming bears, moose, buffalo, and more.

Eloping in the Grand Tetons offers stunning mountain views, it can be family friendly or it can be beyond super adventurous. The extra bonus is Jackson Hole is close to the park and is a beautiful quaint little town to spend your time in as well.

Once you are in the Grand Tetons some of the things you can do are hike to a viewpoint, check out Jenny Lake, go to Hidden Falls, or go horseback riding!

Getting to the Grand Tetons is one of those places that takes a little more effort but you can consider flying into Jackson Hole Airport, Idaho Falls Airport, or Salt Lake City Airport. From there you will for sure need to rent a car.

Being a National Park, a permit is required for holding a wedding ceremony within the Grand Tetons.

Montana elopement locations

View of Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

Located just below the Canadian border in Montana is this stunning park known for its beautiful lakes, mountain peaks, and incredible hiking. You are bound to see some furry witnesses on your day like a mountain goat or even a bear.

Beyond hiking one of the 700 miles of trails in the park, this is one of the best places for biking, camping, rafting, or hanging out at the lakes. All are perfect for an adventure wedding in the wilderness. The best time to elope here is in the summer due to how far north the park is, how early snow can arrive, and how long it can linger. However, summer is also a busy season so consider a weekday or the early or later part of the season.

The closest airport to the park is in Kalispell, MN known as FCA and from here you will need to drive to get to the park. Be sure to check out an epic-view campsite or one of the lodges for your stay.

Glacier National Park does require a special use permit for holding a wedding ceremony in the park.

Colorado Elopement Locations

Rocky Mountain National Park

When I think of the classic location of eloping in the US, I think of Rocky Mountain National Park. This park has been on the map for a top mountain elopement location in the United States for a long time now. This park is known for being one of the most picturesque locations to exchange your vows.

Over the years the park has gotten more strict about where you can elope and how many people can elope in the park per day. Pulling a permit early is a must! If you are lucky enough to obtain one, you are in for a treat.

The park is not too far away from Denver airport, probably closer to a major airport than most National Parks, making it that much more appealing. From short hikes to long ones, adventure awaits you with epic views, stunning alpine lakes, snow-capped peaks,and the chance to see some beautiful wildlife on your wedding day. The best time to elope here is for sure Summer going into Fall for some of Colorado's most colorful shows.

With lots more to explore in the area around the park, Estes, Boulder, and Denver, Colorado it makes for a treat after the elopement day for a mini honeymoon. Within Colorado, there is so much to do from climbing, hiking, backing, kayaking, and more!

a couple walking through ouray Colorado's landscape, jeep in the background and sun shining from the mountains.
Ouray

Honestly, the entire state of Colorado could be considered the best place to elope, especially in the fall. The reason I have listed Ouray is because it is one of our favorite places in Colorado for an elopement that we have shot at. This little town in Colorado is the perfect size for couples seeking a romantic getaway, aka your wedding day! The town has great places to stay and dine, but also lots of adventure surrounding it for hiking, off-roading, horseback riding, and more, but with fewer crowds than the other areas in Colorado. It is also super close to Telluride for the chance to explore even more areas on say your honeymoon after the best elopement!

The best time to elope here would be late May to early or mid-fall. Seriously, fall in Colorado will blow your socks off. To get here you can drive in or fly into the Denver or Colorado Springs airport, but from there for sure rent a car.

Alaska Elopement Locations

A bride and groom trek up the side of the mountain in the rain.
Denali National Park

Alaska is full of epic places to elope from State Parks, National Parks, and other lands, but how cool would it be to say that you eloped on North America’s highest peak? Welp, you can in Denali National Park!

When eloping in Denali National Park you can hike for sure to somewhere epic in the 6 million acre national park, or you can take a private helicopter or small plane to somewhere epic on the mountain no one else would be! What an epic way to exchange views. The best time of year to elope in Alaska and Denali National Park would be the summer months.

You can get here by plane or by boat from the Seattle/Washington area. In this area, there are a bunch of places to stay from Lodges, campgrounds, and Airbnb rentals.

You will need a special use permit for your wedding in Denali National Park

Two brides sit on the deck of a boat in the Fjordlands of Alaska.
Seward

Seward is home to the Kenai Fjords National Park.

If you are looking to elope in Alaska but want both water and mountains, then you want to consider Kenai Fjords National Park for your wedding day! This area has endless glaciers and beautiful views.

Here you can explore the park by boat to see whales and other sea life, by plane to get a bird's eye view of the wild landscape, or by foot hiking through the terrain. Exchange vows during the summer in this dream elopement location to truly connect with nature and each other. Consider staying in one of the cabins in the park. To get to the park you will need to fly into Anchorage and then drive, this is the easiest option. Otherwise, you can take a ship to the Seward port or come in by train on the Alaska Railroad.

A permit is required for holding a wedding ceremony in the park.

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Palmer
Palmer, Alaska is just a bit inland from Anchorage. This region makes the list for two reasons: the access + ability for helicopter tours to a massive glacier within the mountains. It also has great proximity to hiking, stays, lakes and more. 

Best Places to Elope Worldwide: Destination Elopement Locations

bride and groom overlook iceland's glaciers and water of Iceland hand in hand. her dress is white and blows in the wind, while his suit is black.
Iceland

Iceland is by far one of the hottest (no pun intended, it’s def not hot here) to elope. There are so many beautiful places to access here without much effort, and then those places where you may not see another soul that will leave you in awe. Though Iceland is known as a great place to elope in the summer, do not rule out the winter for a snow globe experience and the chance to see the northern lights on your elopement night. Iceland is also home to the Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world.

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New Zealand
From stunning cliff side beaches, glacier slot canyons and mountain peaks galore this place basically begs of you to travel and elope here. This is a great place to consider a helicopter elopement to the top of the world views or a big adventure up a mountain. 
A view of the mountains and water in Norway.
Norway

Ah! I don’t know about you, but basically everything I follow on Instagram are Norwary travel accounts lol. If you’re looking for a dreamy place to get away in the summer to say I do, check this place out! From beautiful little towns, big mountains, lakes, ocean and the Nordic Circle you are bound to find a little nook perfect to elope. 

Dolomites
Italy

Italy has so much to offer and a diverse range of things to do within the country, but we’re skipping right to the Dolomites. This area has gained a lot of popularity over the years and for good reason. Those lake and mountain views are basically those of a fairytale. Here you can hike, climb, take a cable car, hang out with alpacas, snowshoe or ski and so much more.

The sky turns pink as the last light touches the mountain peaks in Patagonia.
Patagonia

This little special nook in Chile is almost like a wild adventurous storybook. With glaciers, lakes, trails, climbing, and whale watching, it is not for the faint of heart, but for those who truly want to get close with nature. The mountain views are unlike any others, making it perfect for a just-you-two elopement experience you will never forget.

A landscape image of icebergs coming out of the ocean in Greenland.
Greenland

Greenland is our dream destination wedding location. Can you imagine getting married on a boat surrounded by whales and giant icebergs? Greenland is not easy to get to, but once you are there it is a legit Nordic dream from exploring the land, and local community, and ventures in the sea.

 
A boat in the waters of Thailand surrounded by large mountain peaks.
Thailand

Thailand is known for being a budget-friendly international travel location, but that is not why it made it onto this list. Thailand is home to some of the most awesome beaches, jungles, historical venues, the ability to get first hand volunteering encounters with elephants, diving and more.

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Tips For planning your elopement once you have a location

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Permits

Your elopement location may or may not require a permit. It is best to never assume the answer but always reach out directly to the land management’s permit office to see. Special Use Permits are typically the permits needed for a couple to get married on public land. These permits can range from free to $500 – just depending on the area, how many people, and other varying factors.

Secondly, once you have selected an elopement location you need to start preparing to legally get married at this location. This means checking the state laws and requirements for a marriage certificate and legally becoming married. Most states have very similar requirements, but it’s good to know the exact regulations. We are both ordained and can officiate your ceremony for you or be your witnesses. In some states, you can self-solemnize (you act as your own officiant), elope with just one witness, or sometimes you need two.

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Wedding Certificate

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Trip Planning

Outside of making sure you have your permit and wedding certificate, you need to plan your stay, travel, and of course pack for the proper weather and activities! Eloping should be stress-free and fun and we do everything we can to help you get that experience!

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WHERE WILL YOU ELOPE?

This is only 35 of the most beautiful places on this planet, and there are millions. The biggest thing is to not get overwhelmed. Do not pick a place based on photos, think about these things too:

As your elopement photographer I am here to help you with narrowing down a location, understanding the logistics of the locations you are considering and helping you plan!
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Travel Schedule:

We only take on a limited amount of elopements + adventure sessions per year so we can BEST serve our couples.  We are based in Moab, UT + Washington State.

We are booking adventure elopements for 2025!! There are a set limited amount of dates available, so inquire soon!

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Hi! We are Traci + Bill!

We are your adventure elopement team here to help you have the best elopement day ever! We believe eloping is a one-of-a-kind experience you get to share with your partner that is bound in connection and reflection in marriage. Having an adventure wedding allows the possibility of real experiences to happen outside of the stress and boundaries of a traditional wedding. It is a day curated to your love story and authentic to the first steps you want to have as a married couple. We are here with you every step of the way and capture beautiful images to look back on forever.

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Perfect. That’s the first word that comes to mind when my partner and I reflect on our adventure elopement. And with Traci and Bill, we couldn’t have asked for two better people to help us make that happen. When we first began looking for adventure elopement photographers, there were a few things we knew were important to us (and likely every other prospective eloper): how much we liked their photography style, what their price range was, how much experience they had hiking and shooting in our preferred destination, and finally how we thought our personalities meshed. Traci and Bill checked off all these boxes for us. But honestly, it wasn’t until after the elopement was all over that we came to really appreciate just how important that last box was.
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