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      Where to Elope?

      Are you looking for a list of the best locations to elope? We’ve built a list of the top destinations from all around the world with example images and detailed information for planning your dream elopement. Everything from the most unique spots to areas that work great on a budget. 

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      Top Ten Elopement Locations in the World

      With 8 years of elopement experience, here is my top ten list of best elopement locations in the world. As you’ll soon see, there are so many more incredible spots that couldn’t make the list.

      Mountain Elopement Locations

      Grand Teton, Wyoming

      From the small, but famous, city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming you can see the stunning Teton Mountain Range. With central location and international airport, The Tetons are easily accessible and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you and your guests busy. 

      Zermatt, Switzerland

      This area has been made famous from it’s appearance on the Toblerone chocolate bars. It’s a bustling ski town in the winter and hiker’s paradise in the summertime. Get there by high speed train or fly into one of the nearby airports. Perfect for eloping anytime of year. 

      The Remarkables, New Zealand

      On New Zealand’s South Island there is a mountain range called the Southern Alps. They sheer face of the Remarkables is the backdrop for the touristy city of Queenstown. The best way to get there is by air, landing at Queenstown International Airport. 

      Torres Del Paine Patagonia

      For the more adventurous couples and guests, Torres Del Paine is a rugged, gorgeous backdrop for any elopement. Getting there requires a bit of logistics but it’s well worth the views. Fly into El Calafate and drive a rental car or take a bus to Puerto Natales. 

      Hurricane Ridge Washington

      Hurricane Ridge is in the center of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula,  just a few hours from Seattle. The Drive up to the ridge is beautiful and from the lodge at the top you can see the entire Olympic Mountain Range. This place is particularly gorgeous in the summertime and typically covered in snow during the winter months. 

      Forest Elopement Locations

      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 

      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.

      Lake Louise

      a bride and groom eloping at lake louise in alberta, bc.

      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. 

      Whistler, Canada

      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. 

      Coastal and Beach Elopement Locations

      Orcas Island

      At the northwestern edge of the USA there is a beautiful string of islands known as the San Juans. Orcas Island is especially stunning and very remote. Arrive in this tiny island town by sea plane or hop on a ferry from Seattle. There are many wedding venues and secret elopement locations throughout the island.

      Big Sur

      With it’s coastal cliffs, rolling golden hills, and Redwood forests, It’s easy to see why Big Sur is one of the most popular places to elope on the west coast. The town of Big Sur is surrounded by unique and beautiful elopement locations like Pfeiffer Beach, Glen Oaks, and Big Sur Bakery. Although the area itself is rather isolated, it’s only about an hour from the town of Monterey, which has a regional airport.

      big sur elopement location on the coast

      Tulum

      South of the popular tourist destinations of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen lies the chilled out beach town of Tulum. It’s become more popular over the past few years for those looking for a more relaxed vibe. There are several resorts and world-class restaurants that can double as an elopement venue.

      Sayulita

      This Mexican surf town is just northwest of the big city of Puerto Vallarta. Sayulita is a small coastal town with a lot of charm and modern amenities. There are several beaches and plenty of rental homes with stunning views for your intimate elopement. 

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      Amalfi Coast

      Picturesque beaches, colorful cliffside villages, and tons of history what’s not to love about the Amalfi Coast? Here you can rent a number of villas with gorgeous views of the ocean and the distant rolling hills. This is a special and secluded place to elope. Fly into Salerno Costa D’Amalfi Airport and drive an hour and a half to your destination. 

      Why should I Elope?

      Eloping is a great way to fully concentrate on your marriage experience. You can both save money and create lasting memories while exploring a beautiful part of the world together and exchanging vows. Elopements are becoming more popular each year as couples decide to bypass the traditions of yesterday. 

      Difference between wedding and elopement

      When you choose to forgo the traditional elements of a wedding and opt for something more intimate – That’s eloping! It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to run away and get married without telling anyone (although you can do that as well). It’s usually a smaller and more intimate experience than a typical wedding. While a wedding may have hundreds of guests, an elopement usually includes the couple and a few guests or none at all. This means it’s much easier to get married in a number of beautiful locations that would not be possible otherwise. Most couples who choose to elope do so not because of costs, but because they would like to focus more on their love and spend more time with their closest friends and family. 

      Where to elope in the US?

      California Elopement Locations

      Big Sur

      With it’s coastal cliffs, rolling golden hills, and Redwood forests, It’s easy to see why Big Sur is one of the most popular places to elope on the west coast. The town of Big Sur is surrounded by unique and beautiful elopement locations like Pfeiffer Beach, Glen Oaks, and Big Sur Bakery. Although the area itself is rather isolated, it’s only about an hour from the town of Monterey, which has a regional airport. 

      Yosemite

      For the adventurous types who want that magical rugged mountain backdrop for their vows, Yosemite National Park is an ideal elopement location. Within the park there are several gorgeous locations like Glacier Point, Taft Point, and the Lower Yosemite Falls trail. Within the park, it’s easy to find epic views of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls. Access the park easily by flying into Mammoth Yosemite Airport (42 miles) or Fresno-Yosemite International (65 miles) 

      yosemite california glacier point elopement photo

      Pasadena

      Northeast of Downtown Los Angeles is the historic city of Pasadena. Its charming Victorian and Art Deco architecture makes for a beautiful elopement backdrop. Venues like Maxwell House, Castle Green, and the Pasadena City Hall are all perfect for elopements. 

      San Diego

      Southern California is ideal for eloping anytime of the year and San Diego has beautiful locations and a unique style. For dramatic cliffs and ocean views, head to Sunset Cliffs. Balboa Park has a gorgeous botanical garden surrounding the historic Spanish architecture. The San Diego Courthouse is a beautiful building next to the bustling streets of the city’s Old Town. 

      San Francisco

      San Francisco is a city surrounded by natural beauty and full of elopement locations. Just north of San Francisco you’ll find the rolling hills Marin Headlands and from here you’ll see views of the city and the bay. Sutro Baths and Golden Gate Park are two gorgeous locations within the city. San Francisco’s City Hall is famous for its stunning architecture and a wonderful location for an elopement.

      Joshua Tree

      If a vast and vibrant desert landscape is more your vibe, Joshua Tree National Park is perfect for an elopement. From the big boulders of Indian Cove, to the cati-lined Nature Valley Trail, to the Wonderland of Rocks there are plenty of beautiful locations to exchange vows and elope. The nearest airport is Palm Springs International, which is about a 45 minute drive to the park entrance. The Park is open year-round but Spring is ideal for colorful spring blooms.

      Redwoods  

      The Redwood National Parks are home to the tallest trees on Earth and make an epic setting for a woodsy elopement. Some of the most popular places to get married amongst the Redwoods are Schmidt Grove, Grizzly Creek, and The Avenue of the Giants. Arcata, California is the largest city in the area and a good homebase for exploring all of the surrounding Redwood Groves. 

      Oregon Elopement Locations

      Cannon Beach

      The most iconic beach along the Oregon Coast is arguable Cannon Beach with its famous Haystack Rock. The beach is several miles long and the town of Cannon Beach is a great place to stay when exploring the nearby beaches like Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park. Popular elopement locations include Indian Beach and Hug Point.

      haystack rock bride and groom photo cannon beach portland oregon

      Portland

      Portland is a major West Coast city but somehow it still holds a sort of small town charm. Its quickly becoming a world-wide travel destination for its awesome food scene and surrounding nature. Popular Elopement Locations include Hoyt Arboretum and Forest Park.

      Mt Hood

      The forests and beautiful landscapes surrounding Mount Hood offer plenty of elopement locations. From Trillium Lake you can see the peak of Mount Hood and it is particularly beautiful at sunset. Fly into Portland International Airport and drive about an Hour to Timberline Lodge.

      Waterfalls

      East of the city of Portland you’ll find the waterfall corridor off of interstate 84. Here there are several stunning waterfalls like Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Wahclella Falls. Elope early in the morning for a chance at privacy before the trails become crowded in the afternoon.

      Washington Elopement Locations

      snoqualmie falls elopement

      This 268 ft waterfall just east of Seattle is right off of the I-90 and is easily accessible for elopements. The Falls can sometimes be raging with water so check ahead to make sure the area is accessible. There is a platform on the path next to the falls that makes for a great elopement spot. 

      mt rainier elopement packages

      In the Summer and early Autumn months Mount Rainier is a beautiful location to elope. From June to August the wildflowers are spectacular and the trail is easy to access from the lodge parking lot. Fly into Seattle-Tacoma Airport and drive about 2 hours to the trail access point. 

      hurricane ridge elopement

      Hurricane Ridge is located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in the Olympic Mountain Range. Turning Left at the Town of Forks, Washington, this road will lead you up to the lodge at the top of the ridge. The views here are worth the journey especially in the Summer Months.

      leavenworth elopement

      This central Washington Town is the access point to the stunning Enchantments Mountain Range. There are plenty of trails that lead to picturesque lakes and rivers. Locations like Aasgard Pass and Stuarts Lake are popular for elopements from May – October.

      lake cushman elopement

      Cushman Lake is actually a resivoir located on the Skokomish River in Western Washington. Surrounded by forests and glacial-cut mountains, Lake Cushman has some stunning scenery for your elopement. There are plenty of rental homes near the lake and it’s only about 45 minutes from the city of Tacoma, Washington. 

      Olympic National Park Elopement

      The Olympic National Park is full of beautiful old growth forests and even has several different eco systems. Mount Olympus is a popular climbing destination and the rugged coast line is popular for hiking and backpacking. Elopement locations include Ruby Beach and Shi Shi Beach. 

      Seattle Elopement 

      The Emerald City (aka Seattle) is full of elopement locations. The city’s waterfront parks are especially beautiful. Discovery Park, Golden Gardens, and Waterfront Park are just a few. Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park have sweeping views of Lake Union. You can even get married on a boat and cruise the Puget Sound. 

      Colorado Elopement Locations

      Telluride

      Telluride was once a booming mining town in the Victorian era. Located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, This small mountain town is now very popular for outdoor enthusiast year-round. The ski lift will take you up the mountain from the center of town and from here there are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities.

      Rocky Mountain National Park

      This National Park in Located in Northern Colorado and spans along the continental Divide. You can access the area by driving on the famous Trail Ridge Road in the Summer and early Autumn. Possible Elopement Locations include Longs Peak and Bear Lake.

      Maroon Bells, Aspen

      About 12 miles Southwest of Aspen are the Maroon Bells, two peaks located in the Elks Mountain Range. Along the hiking trails through the mountains valleys there are several alpine lakes with gorgeous sunset reflections. The best time to elope here is between June and October.

      Pikes Peak

      Pike’s Peak is the tallest mountain on the Southern Front of the Rocky Mountains. This means you can see the peak from several locations within Pike National Forest. Pikes Peak makes for a stunning elopement backdrop. The access point to Pikes Peak is about twelve miles west of Colorado Springs.

      Estes Park

      From Estes Park, Colorado you can take the aerial tram up to the summit of Prospect Mountain. Here you’ll discover views of the Rocky Mountain Range and the nearby valley. With endless trails and viewpoints you’ll have plenty of options for ceremony locations.

      Panorama Point

      As the name suggest Panorama Point will deliver exceptional views in every direction. The viewpoint is located in Corwina Park, about 45 mins from the city of Boulder, Colorado. Perfect for those eloping in the summer months.

      Montana Elopement Locations

      Glacier National Park

      This protected Wilderness area spans across the United States Border and into Canada. Located in Northwestern Montana, Glacier National Park is famous for its glacier-carved peaks and river valleys. There are a few lodges to call home-base as well as plenty of camping sites for the more adventurous. 

      Lake McDonald

      Lake McDonald is the biggest lake within Glacier National Park and the most prominet feature is the glacial peaks that reflect in the calm waters. McDonald Lodge is a Swiss-style Chalet right next to the lake. This is the perfect place to elope if you’re looking for comfort and alpine lake views all in one place. 

      Logan Pass

      Logan Pass is located on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. From here you can see the deep valley below and several seasonal waterfalls. You’re likely to see wildlife like mountain goats and deer. The pass is only open for a short window every year due to snow. Be sure to visit late June through early September.

      Idaho Elopement Locations

      Redfish Lake

      Central Idaho is full of natural beauty and remote locations. Redfish lake is a popular summer destination for idahoans and tourist alike. The water here is crystal clear and on sunny days it is a gorgeous turquoise blue. Redfish Lake Lodge is the perfect place for couples and guests to stay. 

      Sawtooth Mountains

      The Sawtooth Mountains are a series of dramatic peaks in Central Idaho, and they are a part of the Rocky Mountain range. The tiny town of stanley is a quaint place to stay while visiting. You can elope in the open valley at the base of the mountains or head to Redfish and Stanley Lake for water and mountain views.  

      McCall

      McCall is a small town located on Payette Lake in Central Idaho. Popular in the summer for boating and hiking, and even busier in the winter with its two nearby ski resorts. Elopement locations include Ponderosa State Park and Paradise Point. 

      Coeur D’Alene

      This small city at the very top of the Idaho Panhandle is a popular summer vacation spot for locals and celebrities alike. Lake Coeur D’Alene is huge and has plenty of beaches and coves that are perfect for hosting a small wedding or elopement. 

      Sun Valley

      Sun Valley is known for its ski resorts Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. It’s also a favorite places for Hollywood celebrities to escape and enjoy Idaho natural beauty. Sun Valley is most beautiful in the autumn months when the leaves are changing. To reach Sun Valley, fly into Boise Airport and drive about 2 hours east. 

      Northern Idaho

      The Northern Idaho towns of Sandpoint and Coeur D’alene are picturesque lakeside mountains towns with plenty of options for elopement locations. Sandpoint is the smaller of the two. Located on Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint has both stunning mountains and a glacial Lake. Reach Coeur D’Alene by flying into Spokane, Washington. You can Reach Sandpoint by Amtrak from just about anywhere. 

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      Jackson Hole

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