Where is the best place to elope in the US? As an elopement photographer, I get asked this question a lot. From the rugged coastline of Maine to the snow-capped mountains of Alaska, your options seem endless. With so many places to choose from, picking your perfect “I do” spot may seem daunting, but that’s where I come in. Having traveled all over the United States, exploring a ton of the world’s most beautiful places for elopements, I’ve complied a list of the best of the best elopement locations in the United States. Whether you’re knee-deep into the planning process or simply getting some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. These are the 15 best places to elope in the US.
15 Best Places to Elope in the US
From the rocky coastline of Washington State to the fall-colored leaves of Upstate New York, the United States is filled with some of the most diverse and jaw-dropping elopement locations. Below are the best of the best.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park, located in Washington State, is the most diverse national park in America. Because of this, it tops the list of being the best place to elope in the US. Here, you can find jagged peaks, alpine lakes, rushing waterfalls, evergreen forests, rocky beaches, and so much more. While the park is fairly popular, I still like to consider it a hidden gem with many off-the-beaten path locations only the locals know about. I recommend this location to couples wanting to experience a variety of different landscapes on their elopement day.
Best Elopement Locations in Olympic National Park
- Hurricane Ridge – An accessible, drive-up mountain location with a variety of different hiking trails, lookouts, and picnic tables. Hurricane Ridge is known for their epic sunrises and sunsets.
- Lake Cushman – One of the lesser chosen locations in Olympic, Lake Cushman, is a gorgeous spot for a ceremony. Lake Cushman is known for its incredible mountain backdrop and tree-lined shore. There are also a ton of waterfalls near this area. This is one of the closest locations in the park to Seattle.
- Hoh Rainforest – You can’t bring up Olympic without talking about the Hoh Rainforest. It’s the quietest place in the continental US and most notably known for its moss-covered trees and ferns, which makes this place look like its from a different world.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park can be accessed (and has snow-free locations) year-round, though the best time to visit is from April-October. I recommend April and May if you want to see wildlife and waterfalls at their peak, or September and October if high elevation locations (Hurricane Ridge) and gorgeous fall colors are a must-see.
Free Elopement Resources for Olympic National Park
- Olympic National Park Elopement Guide
- Golden Hour Ruby Beach Elopement Inspiration
- Sunrise Picnic Elopement on Hurricane Ridge
- Boho Lake Cushman Elopement
- Moody Winter Lake Crescent Elopement
- Hoh Rainforest Elopement Guide and Inspiration
North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park is known as the “Swiss Alps of America” and is also located in Washington State. North Cascades is one of the least-visited national parks in the United States, yet has some of the most jaw-dropping locations you will ever come across. With over 400 miles of hiking trails, 120 alpine lakes, and 300 glaciers, this place is hard to beat. If you’re a mountain lover, look no further than North Cascades, a park that truly encompasses what it means to be one of the best places to elope in the US.
Best Elopement Locations in North Cascades National Park
- Artist Point – An accessible, drive-up location with incredible mountain backdrops and alpine lakes. This is one of the most popular locations in the area for elopements, but for good reason. The sunsets here are especially beautiful.
- Bagley Lakes – One of the most underrated locations for elopements. Bagley Lakes is extremely accessible and has various lookouts that provide sweeping views of the nearby mountain range, perfect for elopements with guests.
- Fire lookouts – Washington is home to 93 fire lookouts, a majority of them located in the North Cascades region. Fire lookouts require some hiking, but it’s always worth the effort. Some of my favorites in the area include Park Butte and Hidden Lake.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Olympic National Park
North Cascades National Park is closed most of the year due to snow. The best time to elope here is from July-October. I recommend August for wildflower season or the first two weeks of October to experience fall like you’ve never seen it before.
Free Elopement Resources for North Cascades National Park
- North Cascades National Park Elopement Guide
- Artist Point Elopement Guide (North Cascades most popular location)
- How to Plan a Hiking Wedding or Elopement (North Cascades has a ton of stunning trails)
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park, while recognizably one of the most popular national parks in the US, is surprisingly one of the biggest hidden gems. Located along the coast of Northern California, Redwood National Park is home to the largest trees on Earth. This park has not only incredible forests, but rugged coastlines and rivers with consistent temperatures year-round, making this one of the best places to elope in the US.
Best Elopement Locations in Redwood National Park
- Schmidt Grove – A peaceful Redwood grove at the end of a long, windy dirt road. There are multiple pull-offs along the road, as well as some trails that are dog-friendly.
- Crescent Beach – A long stretch of beach where the forest meets the ocean. This is a great location for elopements with guests!
- Organ Donor’s Grove – This unsuspecting grove is located right off the main highway and is rarely visited by tourists. Talk about a perfect ceremony spot!
Best Time of Year to Elope in Olympic National Park
Redwood National Park is open year-round and has consistent temperatures, though the best time to elope in the park is September-October or April-May.
Free Elopement Resources for Redwood National Park
It’s hard to narrow down the Oregon Coast to just one beach, as there are so many incredible spots to see. From lighthouses to dramatic rock formations, you truly can’t go wrong choosing any part of the Oregon Coast for your elopement. If you’re hoping for lots of diversity, check out Southern Oregon. Hoping for hiking trails and cities? Go to Northern Oregon! And if you want a mix of both, the middle of the Oregon Coast is the place for you.
Best Elopement Locations Along the Oregon Coast
- Cannon Beach – The most popular elopement location along the Oregon Coast is Cannon Beach. It’s famous for Haystack Rock, a giant rock formation right along the ocean. There are numerous shops, places to eat, and things to do in this small coastal town.
- Heceta Head Lighthouse – One of my most favorite spots in Oregon is the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Hike up to the top to get sweeping views of the nearby ocean and forest.
- Ecola State Park – Filled with hiking trails and beaches, Ecola State Park is the perfect location for any adventure.
Best Time of Year to Elope Along the Oregon Coast
If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, visit the coast anytime from October-May. If you want better weather and don’t mind crowds, June-September is the best time to visit.
Free Elopement Resources for the Oregon Coast
Similar to the Oregon Coast, it’s hard to choose just one place in Alaska for elopements. However, if I had to pick, I think Whittier would take the cake. This small town along the bay is famous for its glaciers, lakes, and wildlife. It’s landscapes make this one of the best places to elope in the US. If you’re up for a rugged adventure in the outdoors, Whittier is the place for you.
Best Elopement Locations in Whittier
- Portage Pass – An intense hike will take you up to one of the most breathtaking views in the state, and if you hike just a bit further, you’ll make it to Portage Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska.
- Lu Young Public Beach – If you’re looking for an accessible location for elopements with friends and family, Lu Young is the perfect location. No hiking is required and the views will leave you in awe.
- Moose Flats Wetland – Another accessible location with killer views of the nearby mountain range. This location has a variety of hiking trails and forests. It’s known for its wildlife viewing.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Whittier
July-October is the best time of year to elope in Whittier, Alaska.
Free Elopement Resources for Whittier
Mt. Shasta, California
Mt. Shasta is one of the locations I can’t help to bring up to couples looking for secluded mountain views. I live just an hour away from this hidden gem, and while I want this location to stay small, I can’t deny that it’s one of the best places to elope in the US. Mt. Shasta is a small mountain town primarily known for its skiing, but in the summer, this place blossoms into one of the most stunning town with views you can see for miles.
Best Elopement Locations in Mt. Shasta
- Mt. Shasta Ski Park – There are dozens of hiking trails, wildflower fields, and forests near Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Whether you’re looking for a hike or an ADA accessible location, you’re sure to find one here.
- Lake Siskiyou – One of the most gorgeous lakes in Northern California with an epic view of Mt. Shasta herself. It’s referred to as the “jewel of Northern California.”
- Castle Crags State Park – A scenic park with Mount Shasta views, 28 miles of trails, various campsites, and a rushing river. What more do you need?
Best Time of Year to Elope in Mt. Shasta
Mt. Shasta is best visited from April-June and October-November. This location gets pretty hot from June-September (I’m talking high 80s to 90 degrees straight for a few months).
Free Elopement Resources for Mt. Shasta
You didn’t think I’d make a list of the best places to elope in the US and not include Hawaii, did you? Kauai is my personal favorite island of Hawaii, but also one of the best for elopements. Kauai is known as being super lush and green without a ton of urban development. Most famous for Nāpali Coast, millions of people visit Kauai each year to explore what else the island has to offer.
Best Elopement Locations in Kauai
- Waimea Canyon – While ceremonies aren’t allowed at Waimea Canyon, pictures are. This state park is famous for its red dirt waterfalls, sweeping canyon views, and sunsets.
- Hanalei Pier and Beach – This is one of Kauai’s most popular beaches. Here, you can enjoy sipping a drink on the beach while you watch the sun dip below the horizon, or walk along the shore to get closer to Kauai’s famous cliffside.
- Wailua River State Park – Wailua River is famous for its lush greens, rushing waterfalls, and colorful flowers. Wailua only allows specific locations for ceremonies and images.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Kauai
Kauai is best visited during April, May, or late September/early October.
Free Elopement Resources for Kauai
One of the lesser known locations for elopements is Snoqualmie, Washington. Snoqualmie is a small mountain town with a population of only 13,000 people. It’s well-known for its various waterfalls and winter sports. This area is gorgeous to drive through, and definitely a must-see if you’re ever in the Washington area.
Best Elopement Locations in Snoqualmie
- Gold Creek Pond – An ADA accessible pond with Cascade Mountain views and dense pine forests. This location is one of the most popular photo spots in Washington, so plan your elopement here during the off-season.
- Franklin Falls – You can find Franklin Falls just a few minutes East of Snoqualmie. This is a 2 mile roundtrip walk through the forest along a river to a gorgeous waterfall. It’s also dog-friendly!
- Rattlesnake Ledge – If you’re up for some hiking, Rattlesnake Ledge is a 5.3 mile hike up to an impressive overlook of Rattlesnake Lake. If you’re not a big hiker, no worries! The lake itself is accessible and perfect for elopements with friends and family.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Snoqualmie
May-October is the best time to visit Snoqualmie, though I’m more partial to May or October due to the crowds that visit in the summer months.
Free Elopement Resources for Snoqualmie
Big Sur is a popular elopement location for couples looking to experience all the best of what Northern California has to offer. From sandy beaches and dramatic cliff overlooks, to Redwood groves and waterfalls, Big Sur is one of the most diverse, luxurious, and best places to elope in the US.
Best Elopement Locations in Big Sur
- Pfeiffer Beach – Pfeiffer Beach is famous for its iconic keyhole arch and purple sand. This is a busy location in Big Sur, especially during the summer, but definitely worth the trip to see.
- Andrew Molera State Park – This park has some incredible hiking trails surrounding the coastal cliffs of Big Sur. This is a great area to visit in the late spring to see all the wildflowers, or in the fall to take a peaceful hike.
- Glen Oaks Big Sur – An elopement and wedding venue located right in the middle of Big Sur’s towering Redwoods. They offer modern lodging and have tons of super stunning ceremony sites on the property.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Big Sur
September-October is the best time to elope in Big Sur if you’re hoping for pleasant weather and minimal crowds. The spring is another great time to visit as well.
Free Elopement Resources for Big Sur
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park has exploded in popularity the past few years, especially with couples looking to elope in mountainous locations. The park is incredible and there is truly nothing like it. Here, you’ll not only be surrounded by the jagged peaks, but you can experience swimming in lakes, camping under the stars, and even seeing a moose or two. While it has become more popular, I still recommend it for elopements. If you’re hoping for something less crowded, check out Southern Wyoming. It’s just as stunning (and maybe even more so) as Grand Teton!
Best Elopement Locations in Grand Teton National Park
- Mormon Row – A beautiful area with wide open views of the mountain range near the beginning of the park.
- Schwabacher’s Landing – This is the most popular elopement location in Grand Teton, but for good reason. Schwabacher’s Landing is one of the most scenic places in the park. It’s popular for its sunrises.
- Mountain View Turnout – This is my most recommend location, especially for elopements with friends and family. The ceremony space is huge and the mountains are grand.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Grand Teton National Park
June, September, and October are the 3 best months to elope in Grand Teton National Park.
Free Elopement Resources for Grand Teton National Park
Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge area, located along the border of Washington and Oregon, is one of the best places to elope in the US. This evergreen paradise is guaranteed to take your breath away with sights like Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls. If you couldn’t tell already, this area is primarily known for its dozens of waterfalls. There are also lots of dog-friendly sites and accessible locations the whole family can enjoy.
Best Elopement Locations in the Columbia River Gorge
- Latourell Falls – This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Oregon. The falls are 134 feet tall and are very easy to access. The entire loop around the falls is 2 miles and is dog-friendly!
- Wahclella Falls – Another 2 mile roundtrip walk will take you out and back to Wahclella Falls, one of the most powerful falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Prepare to get soaking wet under this waterfall!
- Dog Mountain – If you’re up for a challenge, hike dog mountain, a 6.5 mile loop that will ultimately lead you to one of the best overlooks of the gorge.
Best Time of Year to Elope in the Columbia River Gorge
The best time of year to elope in Columbia River Gorge is late April through June, and then again in September and October.
Free Elopement Resources for Columbia River Gorge
Burney Falls, also coined the “the Eighth Wonder of the World” by President Theodore Roosevelt is a sight you must see to believe. It’s accessible by a 5 minute walk down a paved trail and is ADA accessible. It’s truly one of the most epic places in the US to exchange vows and is well deserving of being on this list of the best places to elope in the US.
Best Elopement Locations Near Burney Falls
- Lake Britton – A little North of Burney, you’ll find Lake Britton, a gorgeous lake that also holds the famous bridge seen in the movie “Stand By Me.”
- Lassen Volcanic National Park – Right next door to Burney is Lassen National Park, otherwise known as a “mini Yellowstone.” Wildflower fields, steaming fumaroles, mountain lakes, and starry skies are just a few of the sights you’ll experience here.
- Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Lastly, this national forests has some of the best hidden gems around. Look no further if mountains and forests are calling your name.
Best Time of Year to Elope at Burney Falls
The best time to elope at Burney Falls is between April and October when the waterfall is at its peak and the summer crowds are long gone.
Free Elopement Resources for Burney Falls
Yosemite National Park
I couldn’t make a list of the best places to elope in the US and not include Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is one of (if not) the most popular national park in the country. It has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and offers tons of variety for couples. However, I do have to make note that Yosemite is incredibly busy, so if you’re hoping for a more intimate experience, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
Best Elopement Locations in Yosemite National Park
- Taft Point – This iconic proposal spot takes the cake as being one of the most grand locations in Yosemite. This location alone deserves to be on the best places to elope in the US list by itself.
- El Capitan Meadow – This accessible location is perfect for elopements with guests. The space is large and it’s not as popular as most of the other locations in the park.
- Tunnel View – You can’t beat Yosemite’s iconic Tunnel View. The drive past Tunnel View will simply take your breath away. It’s gorgeous both during sunrise and sunset.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Yosemite
Fall is the best time to elope in Yosemite. More specifically, in the month of October.
Free Elopement Resources for Yosmite
Joshua Tree National Park
If you’re a fan of desert landscapes and wide open spaces, Joshua Tree National Park has just what you’re looking for. The park is huge, and each area of the park has something different. It’s basically a giant playground for adults. Plus, you don’t have to worry about being cold here during your elopement, as summer temperatures can be experienced year-round.
Best Elopement Locations in Joshua Tree National Park
- Cap Rock – Joshua Tree’s most famous spot, Cap Rock, is a unique cluster of rock formations sitting in an open field. There are tons of stunning photo ops around this spot.
- Hidden Valley Picnic Area – This is one of my personal favorite places to elope in the park. It’s only open from June-January, but has some true hidden gems locations.
- Indian Cove Amphitheater – The spot to elope if you’re inviting guests! This location holds up to 100 people and is backed by Joshua Tree’s famous rocks.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Joshua Tree National Park
One of the best times to elope in Joshua Tree is during the fall season, specifically in October and November.
Free Elopement Resources for Joshua Tree National Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Closing out our list of best places to elope in the US is Mount Rainier National Park, located in Washington State. Mount Rainier is Washington’s most visited national park. It’s primarily known for its wildflower meadows, hiking trails, and of course, the epic mountain views. There are a variety of different location options in the park, whether you’re looking for a challenging mountaintop hike or a leisurely lake stroll.
Best Elopement Locations in Mount Rainier National Park
- Tipsoo Lake – One of the most popular and accessible ceremony sites within the park is Tipsoo Lake. This alpine lake is one of the few you can access in the park without hiking.
- Tolmie Peak Trail – In my opinion, this is the most breathtaking location in Mount Rainier. This 5.6 mile roundtrip hike is popular for its ending view at the Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout.
- Silver Forest Trail – This is a great trail for 2-person elopements, as the trail is quite skinny. It’s 2 miles roundtrip and takes you through vibrant meadows with constant views of Mount Rainier.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Mount Rainier National Park
August is the best time of year to elope in Mt. Rainier if you want to take full advantage of the wildflowers. However, I recommend the month of September for cooler temperatures and less crowds.
Free Elopement Resources for Mount Rainier National Park
- Mount Rainier Elopement Guide
- Washington Elopement Guide
- How to Plan a Hiking Wedding or Elopement (Mount Rainier has some epic hiking trails)
US Elopement Packages
Now that you’ve seen a list of all the best places to elope in the US (and have maybe chosen one), it’s time to start planning! My name is Brianna. I’m a Pacific Northwest elopement photographer who helps couples all around the world plan their best day ever in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This corner of the Earth is my home, and I can’t wait to show you all my secret spots.
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- 90+ page elopement planning guide filled with tips and tricks
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Still need some more inspiration? Check out some of my most popular elopement guides, including my national park wedding venue guide, my Olympic National Park elopement guide, and my list of the best places to elope in Washington State.
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