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Best Places to Elope

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 pick a 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. 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. 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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What makes a top elopement location

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, rightfully earning their spot onto 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. My list focuses on the areas that I know, the areas I connect with the most and the areas that I believe can offer a couple an incredible experience. These are by no means the only places to elope either, but I hope they inspire you in planning your day.
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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 permit 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 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!

Best elopement Locations

California

Joshua Tree
Why elope in Joshua Tree? It is a perfect desert oasis for a mix of adventure and aesthetic with its vast desert wilderness and beautiful Yucca’s 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 that you can get married at 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 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, sight see 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.

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 season in the area is typically April to October, but September to November being probably the best time to go. I would avoid December-February due to potential mud slides.

In Big Sur you can camp, hike, take a sail boat ride, go whale watching, surf, ride a motor cycle 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 InnVentana 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 Taft point. Yosemite is lovely for its beautiful granite walls, wildlife in the park, waterfalls and hiking vistas. Do not be fooled by 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.
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.
 
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.
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Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is known for its clear lake perfect for swimming or floating a long 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 it’s circumference, so depending on where you are coming from and where you are headed to 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.
 
special use permit is very likely to be required for holding you wedding along the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Oregon

groom and bride look into each others' eyes at sunset. the ocean is behind them, lit up by the light.
Brookings
We love Brookings for its privacy and endless stunning coast views. This area is a bit secluded, but it is also not too far away from the Red Woods national park area. So you can get 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 ares 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 in to the small airport in Crescent city, California to save driving time. Otherwise the nearest major airport is in Medford, Oregon for a two and a half hour drive.
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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 climbers dream since it is a world destination for sport 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 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 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 reservable for wedding ceremonies.

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.

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 season in the area is typically April to October, but September to November being probably the best time to go. I would avoid December-February due to potential mud slides.

In Big Sur you can camp, hike, take a sail boat ride, go whale watching, surf, ride a motor cycle 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 InnVentana or these cute unique little cabins

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 for only an hour 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 anyways.

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.

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 season in the area is typically April to October, but September to November being probably the best time to go. I would avoid December-February due to potential mud slides.

In Big Sur you can camp, hike, take a sail boat ride, go whale watching, surf, ride a motor cycle 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 InnVentana or these cute unique little cabins

Washington

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 of the coast, mountains, lakes and rainforest all in one! The park and coast line 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 less, however you will need one if your group is any bigger.
a double exposure of a couple's heads and mt rainier.
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park is s 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 camp sites, hike, check out a fire tower or summit to a glacier with a guide/permit. 
 
How to get to Mt Rainier: The park is about two and half hours form 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 to the visitor centers. Of course, do not forget to check out the campsites in the park.
 
permit is required for getting married in Mt. Rainier.
a couple loves up on their husky in their best attire at Leavenworth
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 back packing 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 festivity’s 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 romantic kiss in the north cascades. the groom is holding the wife bridal style, her arms wrapped around his neck.
North Cascades Mountains
The North Cascades are the northern most 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 with 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. We recommend considering this as a summer elopement location, 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 to 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.
 
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, beautiful ocean views, and lots to do! It’s a place to sit back and relax, but also explore the other islands or ocean waters. This 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 beaches to have a fire, watch for the foxes, take a sail boat 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

a couple embracing on top of a rock, seen through a hole in the rocks of Sedona's canyons.
Sedona
Ahhhh Sedona, home of the red rocks, 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.
 
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 it’s 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, yoga and more!
a dip kiss between husband and wife on superstition mountain.
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 part of the Phoenix region.
 
The Superstition Mountains make for a great place to elope because of its 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, Airbnbs, great restaurants and more if you want to drive back into the Pheonix 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 its 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.
the groom and bride in a jeep through the desert
Page
Page and its surrounding area going into Utah is just full of so much serene beauty. Its 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 form 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. From adventure elopements to just a down right 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 size town, Flagstaff, making it desirable over parks that are more in the middle of no where. 
 
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. 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 sight seeing 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

a private moment between the couple at Zion national park.
Zion National Park
Zion is a National Park that many come to for those big red rock views. It is a 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, but 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, 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 couple holds each other close on their wedding day in Arches.
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 plant. The desert makes for a killer background to any elopement, but Moab to me is THE desert location, its seclusion, vastness and 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 off road! Im 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 are wanting 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 form Page, Arizona. 
 
Why would you want to elope on a lake?! Well for one, how does this even work?! You can rent house boats 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 into the lake from Arizona or Utah. 
 
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 are wanting 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. Outside of it 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 this world, Mars like experience. 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 period.
 
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

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, mountain views, but a heck of a lot less traffic. The Grand Tetons are one of those places 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 view point, 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

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, many people come here for the biking, camping, rafting or hanging out at the lakes. All 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 and how early snow can arrive and also how long it can linger for, but summer is also busy season so consider a week day or the early or later part of 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

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 elopement location in the United States for a long time now. 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 for you with some epic views, stunning lakes 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 Colorados must 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 honey moon. 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 a best place to elope, especially in the fall. The reason I have listed Ouray, is because it is one of our personal favorite places in Colorado for an elopement that we have shot at. This little town in Colorado is the perfect size for a romantic get away, aka your wedding day! The town has great places to stay and dine, but also lots of adventure surrounding it for hiking, off roading, horse back riding and more, but with less crowds form 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 elopement! 
 
The best time 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

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 acred national park, or you can take a private helicopter or small plane to somewhere epic on the mountain no one else would be! We specifically recommend reaching out to Alaskazona. 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
 
Kenai Fjords National Park (146 words, 766 characters)
 
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. 
 
Here you can explore the park by boat to see whales and other sea life, by plane to get a birds eye view of the wild landscape or by foot hiking through the terrain. Eloping here in the summer would be a dream elopement location for truly connecting 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. 
 
permit is required for holding a wedding ceremony in the park.

Out of State

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. 

A lake view of Milford Sound in New Zealand and blue hour.
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. 
 
Fun fact! We are available in New Zealand for an elopement or vow renewal for January of 2023! Contact us now to start the booking process! (Link to contact)
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 mountains views are basically those of a fairytale. Here you can hike, climb, take a cable car, hangout with alpacas, snow shoe 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 story book. With glaciers, lakes, trails, climbing and whale watching, it is not for the faint of heart, but 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 elopement 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, 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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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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Check out our travel schedule! These are the location we know we will already be and when, but do not hesitate to reach out about a location not on this list, our bags are already packed 😉

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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.

Adventure Elopement Photographers. A couple walks through a slot canyon after repelling in with their cat.