The mountains are some of the most peaceful places in the world. Filled with tall pine trees, colorful wildflowers, quiet streams, and beautiful animals, it’s no surprise you’re looking at having an outdoor wedding within the mountains. Within this list, I included the 25 most jaw dropping mountain wedding venues in the United States, all the way from New York to California.
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Mountain Wedding Venues in the United States
Grand Teton National Park
Website: Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is one of my favorite national parks within the United States. Within the park, you’ll find numerous different areas that can be used as your ceremony location. The jagged snow-peaked mountains make the perfect backdrop for any wedding or elopement. I personally recommend this location during the spring or summer, as the roads close down for the winter.
Website: Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge, found in Olympic National Park in Washington State, is one of my all-time favorite mountain wedding venues, especially during sunrise and sunset. Here, you’ll be taken back by the stunning views of the nearby mountains. Plus, there are always deer roaming around this area, making this a truly enchanted place for any wedding.
Not many people know about Stanley. Stanley is a small town in Idaho. With only a population of 63 people, it’s very easy to miss this town on a map. However, Stanley is home to the Sawtooth Mountains, some of the most beautiful mountains I’ve personally ever seen. There are tons of hiking trails and drive-by locations that are perfect for any adventurous elopement in the mountains.
Website: Mt. Shasta
Mt. Shasta is a super stunning town and area in Northern California. This area is somewhat of a “locals-only” spot. Located in my hometown, I believe this mountain wedding venue is one of the best. There are dozens of hikes around this area that will provide you with jaw dropping views of Mt. Shasta, one of the largest mountains in California.
North Cascades National Park
Website: North Cascades National Park
Washington is nothing short of alluring. Located three hours from Seattle, North Cascades National Park has everything you’re looking for in a mountain wedding venue. Rugged mountains, glaciers, and crystal clear lakes truly make this national park an unforgettable elopement or wedding destination.
Denali National Park
Website: Denali National Park
Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses over 6 million acres of land. There is nothing you can’t find in this slice of beauty. If you’re a super adventurous couple who loves camping, long-distance hiking, and a lover of animals, you definitely need to consider Denali National Park.
Yosemite National Park
Website: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is California’s most famous national park and mountain wedding venue. Designed for elopements and intimate weddings, Yosemite has a variety of peaks and valleys overlooking iconic peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan. This venue is best in the fall, as Yosemite gets millions of visitors a year during their peak season.
Mount Rainier National Park
Website: Mount Rainier National Park
If you’re picturing that moody/Twilight movie vibe, you definitely need to check out Mount Rainier. Filled with temperate rainforests, snow covered mountains, subalpine meadows, and lots of lakes, Mount Rainier is the perfect mountain wedding venue for couples wanting the mountains with a bit of extra spice.
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Website: Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Mountain Resort is a well-known ski resort just outside of Glacier National Park. This mountain wedding venue is an absolute dream to any mountain lover. Enjoy exchanging vows on top of the beautiful summit overlooking the dramatic peaks of Glacier National Park. It provides the quietness you’ll want on your wedding day.
I mention Sierra-at-Tahoe every chance I get. Sierra-at-Tahoe is a famous ski resort located in southern Lake Tahoe in California. This beautiful wedding venue comes with 360 degree views of Pyramid Peak, Mt. Ralston, and Desolation Wilderness, perfect for any mountain lover.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Website: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smokey Mountains are a beautiful mountain range across Tennessee. Within the national park itself, there are dozens of different ceremony locations to choose from. The best time to elope in this area is during the fall season. During this time, the millions of trees within the park change colors and turn this beautiful park into a scene straight out of a movie.
Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Website: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Located in Estes Park, Colorado, Della Terra Mountain Chateau has both a stunning outdoor and indoor area for weddings. I personally love this mountain wedding venue in the winter. During this time, the nearby trees and mountains are covered in white, powdery snow, turning this venue into a winter wonderland.
320 Guest Ranch
Website: 320 Guest Ranch
320 Guest Ranch is a mountain wedding venue near Bozeman, Montana. This breathtaking venue is surrounded by mountain peaks that are covered with beautiful forests. This venue has both and indoor and outdoor space that are charming and rustic. I personally love this venue for smaller weddings or elopements.
The Little Nell
Website: The Little Nell
The Little Nell is a very popular wedding venue in Aspen, Colorado. Located right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, Little Nell will provide you with a perfect view of the Elk Mountain Range. This wedding venue can accommodate anywhere from 20-500 people, making it perfect for big weddings or elopements. You’ll truly have an unforgettable experience on your wedding day if you choose The Little Nell.
Website: Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells is known to be the most photographed place in Colorado, and it’s no surprise why. Maroon Bells refers to the two peaks – Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak that sit face-to-face with each other. There are multiple hiking trails around the area if you’re looking for a true adventure in the mountains. Be aware that this location is extremely populated though, so it’s recommend to elope here during sunrise on a weekday.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Website: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
If you’re wanting a wedding venue with both lake and mountain views, you need to check out The Mountain Top Inn & Resort. Located in Vermont, this is another location that really shines during the fall season. This venue is secluded from the big cities and offers peace and quiet on your wedding day.
Website: Catskill Mountains
When thinking of New York, you probably think of all the skyscrapers and people, but what most people don’t know is that New York has some stunning mountain wedding venues. Located only 3 hours from New York City, you can enjoy your mountain wedding during the day, and then be treated to a romantic skyline dinner in New York City at night.
Brundage Mountain Resort
Website: Brundage Mountain Resort
Brundage Mountain Resort is a ski resort in McCall, Idaho. This venue isn’t super well-known, but it should be! Get to your ceremony site by a ski lift, and then embrace your vows with a background filled by the Salmon River Mountains and the Payette Lakes. Photo by: Cimbalik Photography.
Iron Horse Unlimited
Website: Iron Horse Unlimited
Iron Horse Unlimited is another mountain wedding venue located in Northern California that has an incredible view of Mt. Shasta. This venue provides one of the best views of Mt. Shasta you can get in California. You’ll fall in love with the quiet and simplicity this venue has to offer.
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl
Website: Mt. Hood Ski Bowl
Located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Portland, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl boasts awe-inspiring views of Mt. Hood, the largest summit in Oregon. Escape the busy city of Portland and enjoy the dramatic views, blooming wildflowers, and nearby forest. Photo by: Ely Roberts.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Website: Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a super popular area, especially for proposals. It runs from Virginia to North Carolina and is known as “America’s favorite drive.” This location is especially beautiful during sunrise or sunset. It also is another location that will absolutely leave you floored during the fall season.
Dunton Hot Springs
Website: Dunton Hot Springs
This ghost town in the San Juan Forest in Colorado is the most serene and stunning mountain wedding venues in the United States. This 5-star resort is surrounded by mountains and looks enchanting during the winter season. This venue is designed for small weddings and elopements.
Website: Wheeler Peak
While most people consider New Mexico to be a pretty flat area, this underrated state actually has some beautiful landscapes, Wheeler Peak being one of them. Wheeler Peak is the highest peak in New Mexico that looks beautiful in all seasons. If you want to reach the top of the summit, you must hike around 4.5 – 5 miles, perfect for couples looking for a true adventure.
Girdwood is a small town located in Alaska. It’s known for their mountaintop peaks and icy cold glaciers. This is one of the best mountain wedding venues in the United States simply due its natural beauty and abundance of privacy. You’re sure to have an intimate and beautiful ceremony anywhere in Girdwood, Alaska.
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate
Website: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate is a popular mountain wedding venue in Malibu, California. Located far from the cities and close to the wineries, this wedding venue provides couples the perfect view of the rolling hills, wineries, and beautiful architecture of the state itself. Photo by: Brian Saculles.
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You? You’re the kind of person that gets a lil’ teary eyed looking at an epic view…
That moment when you turn to the person you’re with and ask, “Are you seeing this?” I live for it. Places with trees and mountains and soft breezes that make you say, “I can’t believe this place exists,” I spend pretty much all of my free time searching for and exploring them.
These places have always felt like home to me. And if you’re the kind of person who also feels more at home surrounded by trees than by people? Then we’ll get along really well. The Pacific Northwest is full of secret spots that are too special to share with just anyone. But it would make me happy to share them with you on your wedding day.
(I promise you won’t regret it.)
P.S. I’m Brianna. My mission is to create custom, one-of-a-kind elopement experiences in the Pacific Northwest that allow couples to fully immerse themselves in the highest levels of excitement and wonder on a day designed exclusively for them.