Olympic National Forest
The Olympic Peninsula is full of unique geography. It’s coasts are rugged and it’s mountains are massive. The Olympic National Forest is in fact a rainforest, which means lush undergrowth and the greenest greens you’ll ever see. Of course there is always a chance of rain, so be well prepared. The only access to this part of the world is by car, and it’s about a 3 to 4 hour drive from Seattle.
Redwood National Forests
If you want to feel dwarfed by nature, The Redwood State Parks in California are especially stunning because of their sheer size . These ancient trees can grow up to a whopping 380 ft tall and 30 ft wide. There are several Redwood groves along the Northern California Coast including The Avenue of the Giants, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and the Lady Bird Johnson Grove.
Lake Cushman is just outside of the greater Seattle area and easily accessible for everyone. You can stay in one of the many nearby accommodations and lodges. It’s especially beautiful at sunset and accessible May through October.
Mt. Hood National Forest
Just 45 minutes east of the city of Portland, Oregon you’ll find Mount Hood National Forest. The area surrounding the volcano is easily accessible and full of beautiful elopement locations. Recommended areas include Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, and Timberline Lodge.
One of the Gems of Banff National Park in Alberta, BC is Lake Louise. It’s a popular elopement location because of its easy access and gorgeous turquoise blue lake. There are several trails surrounding the lake and all of them are full of photo opportunities. From Calgary International Airport, drive two hours to Lake Louise.
This Mountain town is anything but sleepy. Whistler is the year-round adventure capital of North America. With plenty of outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, and world-class Mountain biking, you and your guests will have plenty to do before and after your elopement.