Best Places to Elope

2022’s Guide to Epic Elopements

120 Best Places to Elope in the World in 2022

 

One of the top questions we received for our couples is, “where should we elope?” Your elopement location will set the entire tone of your celebration. What type of adventure do you want to go on? From majestic mountain ranges to foreign hotspots, there’s no shortage of beautiful places around the world to choose for your elopement. And we get it — the sheer number of options can be incredibly overwhelming. So we’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of 120 of the absolute best places to consider for your elopement.

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Tips on How to Choose the Perfect Elopement Destination

There are a few factors to consider when it comes to your elopement destination. Some couples already have an idea of what kind of ceremony backdrop they’re looking for or a specific location that’s sentimental to them. But for those of you that don’t have all the details ironed out in advance, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

 

What type of landscape makes you the most happy?

 

For some of our couples, that’s the mountains, cliffside beaches or canyon overlooks. But for you it could be the city of Oia, a magical waterfall or the crystal blue waters of Lake Louise. Not sure exactly what makes you most happy? Think of any previous trips you’ve taken and what types of locations you gravitate towards without even paying attention! Think about the areas you’ve been to that inspire you or make you feel at home. The best part about eloping is that you can consider some of the most intimate, jaw-dropping locations (some that offer multiple types of scenery!) around the world as the setting for where you say your vows.

 

What time of year are you eloping?

 

This is probably one of the biggest factors when considering options for your elopement. Choosing a season is an important part of the wedding planning process as it will determine what you wear, activities and accessibility of outdoor areas! Will your location have snow, cooler temperatures or cloudy weather during the months you’re considering? Or are you planning an elopement during hurricane season for a tropical hotspot? What about international travel restrictions — are any currently in place that can limit you from getting there? Be honest with yourself when it comes to deciding what’s right for the two of you. If you detest being cold, then planning a winter elopement is probably not going to feel like the best decision when your shivering outside while reading your vows. The good part is that we can help you determine the best options based on the backdrop you’re aiming for and the time of year you’re planning for!

 

Will you be bringing along any guests, children or pets?

 

Once you’ve landed on the season and the scenery, it’s time to think about how to get that magical location. Some of the most breathtaking areas around the world may require you to book a long flight or hike through some tough terrain. Determine just how much or how far you’re willing to travel to get to that dream destination, so we can narrow down the available options. If you’re planning on inviting guests, bringing your children or pets, you’ll also want to keep in mind how accessible your location is for them! Some true adventure elopements can be challenging with little ones, and some parks may not allow furry friends to accompany you. Make sure that you’re considering what the experience will be like for them so you can save yourself the headache later. Read more about eloping with your pets here.

 

Are you looking to combine your elopement and honeymoon experience?

 

Once the ceremony is over, what do you want to do? You’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy your elopement location, or you can start the honeymoon right away! Make a list of some activities that you’d love to do while you’re at that dreamy destination. Whether your elopement is a short trip or an extended one, be sure to budget enough time to soak in the scenery together. Make sure you don’t cram too many activities into your shorter trip so you don’t feel rushed or stressed in any way!

 

Does this location feel special to you?

 

At the end of the day, your elopement is going to be one of your favorite memories! One way to add an additional layer of intention to your elopement celebration is choosing a destination that is unique to both of you. Perhaps it’s a place that the two of you have traveled to together or somewhere that you’ve always dreamt about visiting! No matter where you decide, your elopement spot is going to hold a special place in your heart forever.

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Best Places to Elope in the U.S. by State

 

Best Places to Elope in Alabama

 

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Gulf Shores

Seal the deal with a romantic beach elopement along the Gulf Shores area in Alabama. Dig your toes in the sand at Orange Beach! All of the white sand beaches in Gulf Shores will make a stunning backdrop for your elopement. You’ll find a number of delicious restaurants, hotels and AirBnBs in the area to round out your visit.

 

Best Places to Elope in Alaska

 

Wedding at Glacier Bay Alaska

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Glacier Bay National Park

Is there anything more magnificent than big, blue glaciers?! This national park makes for a wonderful elopement destination with some fun experiences for you to enjoy. We recommend taking a helicopter tour for an unforgettable view from above!

 

Chugach State Park

This is one of the largest state parks in the United States, with nearly 500,000 acres of land, glaciers, icy lakes and a beautiful ocean shoreline. Some of our favorite locations for elopements within the park are Eklutna Lake, Eagle River, and Beluga Point. As a heads up, this location will require a permit for your elopement.

 

Denali National Park

Snowy elopement dreams really come true here! We can’t imagine a more breathtaking backdrop than the Alaskan wilderness in Denali National Park. You’ll be able to exchange vows with a view of the Denali (a.k.a Mount McKinley) which is North America’s tallest peak.

 

Best Places to Elope in Arizona

 

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Horseshoe Bend

Famous for it’s gorgeous sunsets, Horseshoe Bend is located in the town of Page, Arizona and makes for some epic wedding imagery. As a note, you’ll want to stick with a weekday elopement at this location as crowds can be an issue on weekends. A special use permit will also be required!

 

Sedona

Sedona is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in America! With almost two million acres of national forest land, it provides visitors with a number of fun activities from hiking to kayak adventures.

 

Saguaro National Park

While many people just consider this park to be nothing but desert, it offers so much more! Saguaro National Park consists of the Rincon Mountain District and the Tuscon Mountain District. Both of these areas feature different elevations, wildlife and plants that set the perfect scene for intimate elopements.

 

Best Places to Elope in Arkansas

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Eureka Springs

This is one of Arkansas’ most popular wedding destinations located in Northwest Arkansas’ Ozarks. You can plan your celebration at a historic hotel, ethereal gardens, overlooking Beaver Lake or at one of the springs. The options are endless for this romantic destination.

 

White Rock Mountain Recreation Area

Into stunning sunsets in a secluded location? Then White Rock Mountain is perfect for you! Located in Mountainburg near Northwest Arkansas, White Rock features beautiful bluffs, lush forests and is just a ways down the road from Shores Lake.

 

Best Places to Elope in California

 

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Yosemite National Park

California is one of the top states to elope in and Yosemite National Park is it’s crown jewel. The scenery in this park is truly captivating from the hikes, lookouts, waterfalls, granite cliffs and towering sequoia trees. It’s the perfect spot for a mountain elopement!

 

San Diego

Elope in San Diego, known as “America’s finest city,” really does live up to its hype. With its beautiful year round weather and miles of white sand beaches, San Diego has life in every direction you turn. This place has an abundance of beach related amusement for you to enjoy before and after your lasting nuptials.

 

Big Sur

The Big Sur is the famous coastline of the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California — any Big Little Lies fans out there?! Imagine gorgeous blue water as far as the eye can see crashing into massive green cliffsides. You can get married down at the beach at sunset (go on a weekday to avoid crowds!), or head up on top of the cliffs where you’ll be looking down at the ocean below.

 

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Nestled between California and Nevada, It is considered one of the most majestic bodies of water you can lay your eyes on. Elope on the divine shore amongst a beautiful natural wonder. Tahoe is gorgeous in the winter covered in a blanket of white snow. It also has so much to offer in the summer that includes hiking trails and of course swimming in the lake!

 

Best Places to Elope in Colorado

 

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Breckenridge

One of Colorado’s top ski towns, this spot is perfect for anyone dreaming of a white, winter elopement! A few of our favorite areas would be Boreas Pass, Loveland Pass, Pass Lake and Sapphire Point Overlook. It’s easy to turn this destination into a longer trip as there’s a number of beautiful AirBnBs, cottages, ski resorts and more in the downtown area.

 

Maroon Bells

Another popular area in Colorado, Maroon Bells is a favorite for photographers around sunrise. It’s a beautiful alpine lake sporting colorful mountain views, as “The Bells” turn an incredible red hue when the sun hits them at sunrise. It makes for a magical backdrop!

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

Of course, one of the first places that probably comes to mind when you think of Colorado is Rocky Mountain National Park. There are a number of stunning hikes, streams, mountain views and glistening lakes. Trail Ridge Road is the most popular destination for photos within the park and it’s open during the summer season.

 

Best Places to Elope in Connecticut

 

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Hartford

If you’re looking for an intimate and romantic elopement spot, head to Hartford. Hartford City Hall may be one of the prettiest City Halls we’ve ever seen with grand marble staircases and royal architecture. Once you’ve tied the knot, head into town for a bite and visit all of the adorable shops in the area.

 

Best Places to Elope in Delaware

 

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Lewes Beach

One of the most picturesque beaches in Delaware is Lewes Beach. You and your partner can say “I Do” while overlooking the crashing waves and a distant lighthouse — it’s especially beautiful at sunset! 

 

The Holts Landing State Park

A popular wedding venue in Delaware, The Holts Landing State Park is a perfect outdoor spot for an intimate elopement. It can accommodate a small group of guests and be used for a dinner reception after the ceremony. A picnic at sunset with all of your loved ones sounds like the perfect ending to an elopement day.

 

Best Places to Elope in Florida

 

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Tampa Bay

There’s something for everyone in the Tampa Bay area from sandy beaches to modern rooftop spaces. It’s one of our favorite spots in Florida as there are a number of intimate spots to choose from including colorful gardens, luxurious resorts, waterside parks, unique breweries and more.

 

30A

One of the cutest seaside spots in the entire state! This strip of towns feature colorful homes, adorable shops and an abundance of tasty food options (including food trucks in the Seaside square!) We recommend Rosemary Beach, Seaside and Alys Beach as perfect spots for any Florida elopement.

 

Miami Beach

Does it get any better than Miami Beach? Now this is one destination that’s a party! Hit the town before or after your elopement ceremony and stay at any of the stunning beach properties during your visit for the ultimate experience. 

 

Best Places to Elope in Georgia

 

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

There’s no shortage of photo-worthy spots within the Atlanta Botanical Garden. From colorful flowers to lush greenhouse displays, this location is the perfect blend of city and nature vibes for your elopement.

 

Dahlonega

Wine lovers, this one’s for you! Dahlonega’s winery scene is the perfect spot for any romantic elopement. Take a stroll through the vines for your wedding portraits before sipping on delicious wine to celebrate your nuptials. 

 

Best Places to Elope in Hawaii

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Maui

Oh Maui, we love you. Picture this: massive, lush green mountains on one side and crashing Pacific waves on the other. This elopement destination is perfect for those couples looking to start their honeymoon after the ceremony. You’ll have your pick of stunning waterfront resorts, and fresh seafood everywhere you visit. One thing is for sure — never miss a Maui sunset.

 

Kauai

This island oasis will have you feeling like you stepped into a Jurassic Park movie! Fun fact: parts of the movies were filmed on this beautiful island. It’s one of the oldest islands on Hawaii and it’s natural beauty is purely unmatched. “The Garden Island” offers everything from canyons and mountains to cliffs and magnificent waterfalls.

 

Best Places to Elope in Idaho

 

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Stanley

Stanley is surrounded by three scenic routes: the Ponderosa Pine, Salmon River, and Sawtooth scenic byways. You can take your pick as all of the areas around Stanley seem to fall in love with the mountain passes, forests and lake views. 

 

Best Places to Elope in Illinois

 

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Chicago

Chicago is an incredible city for elopements with offerings that can match any couple’s interests and style. From museums and parks to wineries and city skylines, you’ll have your pick of scenic spots for your elopement.

 

Lake Michigan

A northern twist on the classic beach elopement. Say your vows amongst the giant sand dunes or at any of the popular venue offerings in the area including The Navy Pier, the Castaways Boathouse and more.

 

Best Places to Elope in Indiana

 

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Indiana Dunes National Park

The beauty of Indiana Dunes National Park makes it a popular spot for weddings and elopements. There’s no doubt that it’s a stunning place to hold any nature-inspired ceremony at any of the lakefront overlooks or beach areas. A special use permit will be required for this location!

 

Lake Wawasee

Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, Indiana is the perfect spot for an intimate affair. You can have your ceremony with beautiful lakefront views before taking part in the recreational activities the area has to offer like wakeboarding, kayaking and more! It’s a great spot for any adventure lovers.

 

Best Places to Elope in Iowa

 

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Des Moines

Des Moines serves up a number of locations for your elopement from botanical gardens to rocky beach parks. You can take photos in the city’s downtown area for an urban feel amongst any of the historic buildings and landmarks. There are options here that can cater to every season of the year for elopement couples.

 

The Brenton Arboretum

Looking to plan an elopement in the countryside? Then The Brenton Arboretum may be the perfect spot for you. This location is stunning during the spring, summer and fall showing off with fields of wildflowers, autumnal colors and grassy hillsides.

 

Best Places to Elope in Kansas

 

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Kansas City

Planted right on the border of Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City has quite a bit to offer. This location is a fall haven with colorful backdrops every autumn, but also features a number of pretty parks, city scenes are more.

 

Best Places to Elope in Kentucky

 

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Red River Gorge

There are a variety of natural areas within Red River Gorge that will provide a stunning backdrop for your elopement! You can drive through the spring wildflowers, ferns, lush trees and stand on rocky overlooks throughout this beautiful destination.

 

Best Places to Elope in Louisiana

 

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New Orleans

Exchange vows in the heart of the French Quarter! New Orleans is truly one of the best spots to elope in Louisiana. Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral are probably the most widely recognized spots within New Orleans and can be a perfect backdrop for your elopement. The beautiful architecture, centuries-old oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, and European atmosphere create romantic feelings no matter where in the city you are.

 

Best Places to Elope in Maine

 

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Acadia National Park

This coastal national park offers a unique experience for every elopement couple. You’ll find deep blue waters, forests and cliff shorelines for miles, providing a pretty epic backdrop for your elopement no matter what time of year you visit.

 

Maine Lighthouses

What’s more classic than an elopement in front of a Maine lighthouse?! There are a number to choose from along the coastline, but our favorites are Portland Head Lighthouse and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.

 

Best Places to Elope in Maryland

 

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Stunning sunrises and sunsets are common along with incredible mountain backdrops at this adventurous location. This is a popular location for wedding photography, but it should be noted that ceremonies are not permitted on the actual mountain. Couples usually will have their intimate ceremony at the City Hall or Sugarloaf’s Strong Mansion before heading into the wild.

 

Mount Washington Mill Dye House

For couples seeking a more industrial vibe for their elopement, look no further than the Mount Washington Mill Dye House. Whether you’re planning an elopement just for you two or thinking of inviting guests, this location can accommodate most options with their different venue spaces.

 

Best Places to Elope in Massachusetts

 

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Nantucket

A quaint, coastal paradise, the island of Nantucket is perfect for an intimate elopement. It’s a secluded area for those couples prioritizing privacy and has beautiful views in every direction. Great Point Light is one of the most popular spots on the island on a nature preserve.

 

The Berkshires

It’s hard to just choose one spot in this area, but this magical part of western Massachusetts has beautiful forests, mountains and more. Some of our favorite spots are Bish Bash Falls and Jiminy Peak.

 

Best Places to Elope in Michigan

 

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is probably one of the best places to elope in the upper peninsula of Michigan. It’s a great spot for any of our adventurous couples! You can even take a dip in Lake Superior for an unforgettable experience.

 

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park

The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park is a great location in Michigan to elope with stunning landscape views, beautiful sunsets and secluded locations. Some of our favorite spots within the park are Pyramid Point (it’s a bit of a hike, but worth it!), Esch Road Beach and any of the stops along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

 

Best Places to Elope in Minnesota

 

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Tettegouche State Park

About an hour North of Duluth you’ll find Tettegouche State Park. The park is over 9,000 acres with breathtaking cliffside views, gravel beaches and even some waterfalls! It might be the best place to elope in all of Minnesota. Be sure to check out Palisade Head as it makes for an epic backdrop for your elopement photos.

 

Black Beach

Ever seen a black sand beach before? You can in Minnesota! This black sand is a result of a mineral named Taconite and creates a stunning contrast for an adventure elopement. You can even hang around for a bit as the beach has picnic tables and fire pits for a post-ceremony celebration.

 

Best Places to Elope in Mississippi

 

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Jackson

You’ll find all of the southern charm in Jackson, Mississippi. From adorable inns to downtown gems, you’ll love escaping to this town for your elopement. Looking for an all-inclusive option? A lot of the venue spaces in this city offer packages that you can explore.

 

Best Places to Elope in Missouri

 

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Wildcliff

This premier location is a favorite for intimate weddings and elopements in Missouri. This historic rock quarry and lake makes for a remote and romantic location for any couple. This venue can accommodate guests if you’re planning a micro wedding.

 

Hermann Hill

At Hermann Hill, you’ll be overlooking the Missouri River for your elopement or smaller wedding. It’s a magical scene during golden hour that you won’t want to miss. The views at this location will have you questioning if you’re still in the Midwest!

 

Best Places to Elope in Montana

 

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Bozeman

Located in the Gallatin Valley, this city offers breathtaking views for your elopement. Whether you prefer a mountain view, waterfront setting or a rustic location for your ceremony, the natural beauty in Bozeman offers something for everyone.

 

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is in the heart of the Big Sky State and is everything you envision when you think of Montana. Epic hiking trails, crystal blue waters and mountain views await for couples planning an adventure elopement here. 

 

Best Places to Elope in Nebraska

 

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Lincoln

There’s no shortage of beautiful outdoor venues in Lincoln to consider for your Nebraska elopement. You can have your intimate ceremony in Pioneers Park, the Sunken Gardens or at any of the beautiful farms along the way.

 

Best Places to Elope in Nevada

 

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Las Vegas

There is truly so much more to Las Vegas than meets the eye. An artsy and vivid elopement at the Neon Museum will really get you up close and personal with the bright lights. How about a large wide open area, that’s excellent for unique photos, on a dry lake bed? And we can’t ever forget about all the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area lies in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. It’s known for geological features such as towering red sandstone peaks and the Keystone Thrust Fault, as well as Native American petroglyphs. Did we mention the views are stunning?!

 

Valley of Fire State Park

World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. These red rocks make for an epic backdrop for your Nevada elopement.

 

Best Places to Elope in New Hampshire

 

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White Mountains National Forest

The White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire is a great spot for adventurous couples with a number of locations within the park for your elopement. You can’t go wrong with any of the overlooks throughout the park, but if you’re looking for a waterfall retreat, Glen Ellis Falls is a fan favorite.

 

Best Places to Elope in New Jersey

 

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Liberty State Park

An incredible spot with iconic NYC views, Liberty State Park is one of the most popular spots in New Jersey to tie the knot. You can take a stroll along the waterfront with an epic backdrop of Manhattan. There’s even shady spots under the trees where you can exchange vows surrounded by blossoms in the spring or fall leaves in autumn.

 

Best Places to Elope in New Mexico

 

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White Sands National Monument

A brilliant landscape of bright, white sands awaits at this unique destination. Talk about the perfect backdrop for any bohemian or minimalist inspired elopement. Say your vows atop one of the dramatic white dunes!

 

Ghost Ranch

Located in Abiuiu, New Mexico, Ghost Ranch is home to a massive lake and gorgeous red rock formations. There are some incredible hiking trails where you can exchange vows in private, or you can book one of their ceremony spots on the property.

 

Best Places to Elope in New York

 

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New York City

Some of the best things about New York include its sense of whimsy and excitement. The big apple is genuinely larger than life! You can have the classic New York experience by getting married in front of historic city hall or something more quaint on the top of the Rock Rockefeller center. New York is a perfect elopement location for the couple who wants the big city thrill!

 

Catskill Mountains

These mountains are located within Catskill Park (it’s 700,000 acres of land!) and lie in the Southeast region of New York. This destination houses waterfalls, 98 different peaks, and scenic overlooks. It’s famous for its hiking trails, lakes, and rivers, making it a wonderful spot for adventurers.

 

Best Places to Elope in North Carolina

 

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Asheville

One of North Carolina’s most popular destinations, Asheville has something for every couple. From pristine golf courses and wineries to The Biltmore Estate and the Pisgah National Forest, the city can cater to an array of elopement styles. 

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs from North Carolina to Virginia and offers amazing views the entire drive. During the fall season, the parkway is covered in autumn colors which makes it a popular tourist destination. You can pull over at a number of scenic lookouts on the way for an intimate elopement setting.

 

Best Places to Elope in North Dakota

 

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

This national park lies in Western North Dakota where the Great Plains meet the rugged Badlands. It’s known for the colorful Painted Canyon and the Maltese Cross Cabin, which is where President Roosevelt lived!

 

Best Places to Elope in Ohio

 

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Columbus

Elope in Ohio! There’s a spot for everyone in this beautiful state, including one of it’s most popular cities, Columbus. For those seeking a more urban feel, this is the spot for you. 

 

Hocking Hills

For those looking for an outdoor adventure, head to Hocking Hills where you can get lost in the forest or relax in the waterfall pools. Cedar Falls makes for a beautiful backdrop for an elopement in this area.

 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park make an epic elopement location. It’s secluded amongst the trees for those couples seeking privacy during their elopement. But it does allow for a few guests to come along if they’re up for the adventure.

 

Best Places to Elope in Oklahoma

 

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Gloss Mountains State Park

The Gloss Mountains are one of the most underrated areas within Oklahoma. You’ll find them in the northwest corner of the state boasting beautiful landscapes, stunning plateaus and sunsets. It’s an ideal spot for privacy as it’s not typically a tourist hotspot.

 

Spain Ranch

This location is a traditional wedding venue, but it’s modern black barn is also a popular spot for elopement couples seeking an elevated rustic look. You’ll find Spain Ranch in Jenks, Oklahoma and it’s one of the most unique venues in the state.

 

Best Places to Elope in Oregon

 

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Bend

Bend exudes historic charm and stunning mountain views with a romantic country setting. Within Bend you’ll find Sparks Lake, which is one of the top elopement spots in the city. But there’s no shortage of venue options from churches and vineyards to public parks and more.

 

Latourell Falls

Did you know there are 250 waterfalls in this state? If you’re looking to chase some waterfalls, head to Oregon. Latourell Falls is a fan favorite as well as Wahclella Falls for elopement spots. You really can’t go wrong.

 

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is located between the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. It’s most famous for tall Sitka Spruce trees and the Haystack rock, one of the tallest monoliths in the world!

 

Best Places to Elope in Pennsylvania

 

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Pocono Mountains

This popular area covers 2,400-square miles of land and overlooks the Delaware Water Gap and the Delaware River. Forest hills and picturesque valleys provide great locations for an intimate elopement.

 

Ricketts Glen State Park

All of the earthy elopement vibes at this beautiful location. Ricketts Glen State Park has enchanting forest landscapes and natural waterfalls, making it a great spot for private, woodsy inspired elopements.

 

Best Places to Elope in Rhode Island

 

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Newport

There’s so much to love in Newport from its cliffside beaches to the buzzing fisherman’s wharf. This New England vibe is perfect for elopement couples looking for a relaxed setting to exchange their vows. You can elope on the beaches or any of the local venues with waterfront and lighthouse views.

 

Best Places to Elope in South Carolina

 

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Charleston

This charming town is a popular tourist destination and location for elopement couples. There are quite a few venues to choose from including bed and breakfasts, modern hotels, local parks and eateries. Another popular spot in Charleston is the Angel Oak Tree situated on John’s Island. It’s over 400 years old and it’s canopy covers upwards of 17,000 feet.

 

Rainbow Falls

Upstate you’ll find Jones Gap State Park in Greenville that’s home to Rainbow Falls. It’s one of the many hiking trails throughout the park for the adventurous couple.

 

Best Places to Elope in South Dakota

 

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park offers unique views of the colorful rock formations, towering spires and canyon formations. All of these beautiful sights were created from volcanic ash carved by wind and water over millions of years. How cool is that?!

 

Black Hills

Eloping in the Black Hills of South Dakota can look different for every elopement couple. You can opt for a lake or reservoir backdrop, go all the way out to the Badlands or somewhere in-between.

 

Best Places to Elope in Tennessee

 

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The country’s most visited national park and for good reason! You can still have a mountain elopement on the east coast. Hike to mountain views, waterfalls and rivers within this natural beauty.

 

Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls is the highest free-fall waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The falls are located near Spencer, Tennessee and are breathtaking during the fall months as the trees proudly display a variety of autumnal hues.

 

Best Places to Elope in Texas

 

couple eloping in big bend national park texas

Photo by Wandering Weddings

 

Big Bend National Park

The Big Bend is a magical place Western Texas that’s home to deep canyons, desert lands and a plethora of wildlife. Plan an intimate adventure elopement in this park for an experience that won’t disappoint.

 

Houston

Houston is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and an easy destination for a wedding everyone will love. The city is filled with delicious dining, nightlife, and historic art districts that will bring excitement at every turn of your elopement experience.

 

Best Places to Elope in Utah

 

couple eloping in utah at arches national park

Photo by Angela Hayes Photography

 

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a fantastic elopement venue option in Utah with a few different destinations within the park to choose from. Some of these spots include the Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, The Window Section, Pine Tree Arch and Panorama Point.

 

Bonneville Salt Flats

The shimmering Bonneville Salt Flats make for a glam elopement setting. However there are a few things you shouldn’t forget when considering this location: you’ll need a special use permit and you should wear shoes that you can clean salt off of easily!

 

Moab

Moab, Utah is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets. It’s home to two different National Parks and full of scenic drives. For the adventurous couples, you can go rock climbing and hiking at this destination! It won’t be hard to find a dreamy spot for your elopement.

 

Zion National Park

One of the most incredible parts of Utah, Zion National Park offers some of the best canyon views you’ll find in the country. It’s only an hour or so drive from Las Vegas, making it a rather accessible location in the heart of the desert. 

 

Best Places to Elope in Vermont

 

couple eloping in fall in stowe vt with leaves changing color

Photo by Wandering Weddings

 

Stowe

A slice of absolute heaven in the fall, Stowe is one of the most popular destinations for fall foliage during the later months of the year and for good reason — the colors are simply unmatched! 

 

Mount Mansfield

Mount Mansfield is the highest point in Vermont and the views are worth the climb. For those seeking a true adventure elopement, this spot is for you. Not to mention it makes for some magical photos during the winter months if you’re willing to make the climb.

 

Emerald Lake State Park

Gorgeous views and crystal clear waters await at Emerald Lake State Park. This spot feels like you’re in Canada but you’ll find it in Southern Vermont. The best news? It’s just as beautiful in the spring as it is in the fall.

 

Best Places to Elope in Virginia

 

couple in shenandoah national park Virginia for elopement

Photo by White Sail Creative

 

Shenandoah National Park

This national park includes parts of The Appalachian Trail, spectacular waterfalls and even fields of wildflowers. Across it’s 200,000 acres of land, it’s easy to find a magical spot for your elopement. And heads up, you’ll need a special use permit for this park.

 

Best Places to Elope in Washington

 

couple getting married in mount rainier natl park

Photo by Alixann Loosle Photography

 

Mount Rainier National Park

Did you know Mount Rainier is an active volcano?! Standing at 14,410 feet, this massive beauty has become one of the most recognizable parts of Washington state. It’s normal for it to be hidden by fog from time to time, but when uncovered, it’s absolutely incredible.

 

North Cascades National Park

Located in the Northern part of Washington, the North Cascades mountain range actually extends all the way into Canada!

 

Mount Baker

Mount Baker is a hidden gem in Washington and a perfect spot for an adventure elopement, especially if you want to include furry friends! There are a number of hikes to choose from for all different experience levels.

 

Best Places to Elope in West Virginia

 

couple taking wedding photos in dolly sods wilderness

Photo by The Breiters

 

Dolly Sods Wilderness

If you’ve never explored this area of West Virginia, you need to add it to your list. It’s beautiful landscape changes every season, offering a fresh take for elopement couples no matter what time of year you’re planning for.

 

Blackwater Falls

With a stunning view of Blackwater Canyon, Pendleton Point makes a great spot for a West Virginia outdoor elopement or micro wedding. The view will change with the seasons, but this location is a prime spot year round.

 

Best Places to Elope in Wisconsin

 

couple eloping in the woods in kettle moraine state forest

Photo by Ash Bilo Photography

 

Kettle Moraine State Forest

Located in Southeastern Wisconsin, the Kettle Moraine State Forest is hilly, wooded and oh so beautiful. The unique landscape was originally formed by glaciers years ago, and what’s left is purely magical. 

 

Lake Superior

The shores of Lake Superior make for some of the most beautiful areas of Wisconsin. Hop on the ferry to the Apostle Islands to make your way over and see natural rock formations, sea caves and beaches. It’s a great spot year-round with icy features in the winter.

 

Best Places to Elope in Wyoming

 

photo of couple eloping in grand teton national park wyoming

Photo by Tom’s Travel Photography

 

Grand Teton National Park

There’s been a boost in interest around this national park over the past few years, and it’s easy to see why. It features 100 miles of trails, remarkable views and Snake River. Some of the most popular elopement sites within the park are Blacktail Ponds Overlook, Jackson Hole and Signal Mountain Summit.

 

Yellowstone

This volcanic hotspot makes for a unique elopement experience in Wyoming. It’s one of the most popular national parks with beautiful hot springs and Yellowstone lake. If you’re considering a national park for your elopement, don’t overlook this one!

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10 Best Places to Elope Around the World

 

Want to consider some locations outside of Europe? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. We’ve done some extensive research about some of the most popular locations around the world. Below you’ll find a list of our top ten spots that are sure to offer you breathtaking views and are honeymoon friendly for those couples ready to start their extended vacation right away.

 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A tropical oasis for your elopement sounds just about right. Cabo San Lucas is home to some of the most incredible all-inclusive and luxury resorts in Mexico. You can choose to have your elopement at any of the wedding venues available, rent a catamaran for a ceremony on the water or squish your toes in the sand on the beach as you exchange vows.

 

couple eloping in cabo san lucas mexico

Photo by Martina Micko

 

Banff National Park, Canada

Nothing compares to the blue water of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. During the summer months, you can see the lake in its prime, though this spot is still a wintry wonder during the cooler months of the year. Adventurous couples will love the hiking trails available around the park, and you can even have your ceremony from a top notch lookout. After you exchange vows, head to one of the tea houses to celebrate with a piping cup of tea!

 

couple eloping in canada at banff with lake and mountains behind them

Photo by Wedding Chicks

 

Patagonia, Chile

A sunrise elopement in Patagonia will not disappoint as the sun shines down on the glacier lakes and snow-capped mountains. There’s an array of interesting creatures in this area, so don’t be surprised if you spot the occasional ostrich or guanaco. 

 

couple eloping in patagonia by the water

Photo by Green Wedding Shoes

 

Harbour Island, Bahamas

Now this is what we call a little slice of paradise. Harbour Island is one of the upscale areas of The Bahamas covered in colorful hotels and oceanfront cottages. It’s a quiet island in comparison to Nassau or some of the others, making it the perfect spot for an intimate elopement. This tropical haven awaits!

 

couple eloping in the bahamas teal door behind them

Photo by Coviello Photography

 

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

You’ll find the Bay of Plenty in the Northern Island of New Zealand. It’s one of the most unique and diverse regions in the country showing off with all that nature has to offer. Here you’ll experience majestic forests, cascading waterfalls and sandy beaches.

 

couple eloping in new zealand's bay of plenty

Photo by Pure Images Photography

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa is full of gorgeous places to elope, but there’s something special about Cape Town. For those couples seeking an African adventure, this may be the spot for you. Once you’ve exchanged vows along the coast, you can start a nature-filled honeymoon including a safari experience in one of the neighboring areas.

 

couple eloping in cape town

Photo by The Mosaic Wedding Company

 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A sparkling jewel in the Arabian desert, Abu Dhabi offers something for everyone. From sand dunes to crystal covered domes, immerse yourself in the culture during your visit for an unforgettable experience. 

 

couple eloping in the desert in UAE

Photo by Lovely & Planned

 

Marrakesh, Morocco

Every inch of Marrakesh is a work of art! Once you’ve exchanged your vows, take a stroll through the spice markets, sip fresh mint tea and take in all that there is to love about Morocco. It’s sensory overload between the beautiful tiles, vibrant patterns and textures. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of breathtaking spots for your elopement.

 

couple eloping in morocco

Photo by Ettore Franceschi

 

Bora Bora, French Polynesia 

An exotic elopement location that doubles as a honeymoon hotspot. Bora Bora isn’t your usual tropical getaway, it’s a one-of-a-kind destination where that natural beauty shines through in every way. From the bright waters to the lively entertainment, there’s so much to love about this island in French Polynesia.

 

intimate adventurous wedding in bora bora

Photo by Bora Bora Photo Studio

 

Byron Bay, Australia

A dreamy spot down under for your epic elopement. While there are a number of Australian locations that we can list, Byron Bay continues to be one of the most popular choices. This coastal town in the southeastern part of the island is known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving. Between June and November, you might even be able to spot a humpback whale from some of the viewpoints!
photo of couple eloping in australia

Photo by Cedar and Salt Photography

10 Best Places to Elope in Europe 

 

Why limit yourself to a location within the United States? If international destinations are a possibility for your elopement, then you should absolutely be considering these top European cities, mountain ranges and coastlines for your epic elopement experience.

 

Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Switzerland might be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Though it’s one of the most expensive countries in Europe, the alpine lakes and Swiss Alps are worth the price tag. It’s easy for any couples looking to extend their trip for a honeymoon — you can get to any of the border countries in about an hour so you can add other spots to your trip itinerary.

 

couple getting married in swiss alps

Photo by Nate Shepard

 

Santorini, Greece

Santorini sunsets are famous for a reason… they’re incredible! This Greek island offers a number of picturesque areas for your elopement from the town of Oia to Imerovigli. Just like the photos you’ve seen, the island is covered in white buildings, caves and classic blue domes that will pop in all of your photography. Not to mention, the Mediterranean cuisine is unmatched.

 

couple eloping in santorini greece

Photo by Vasilis Kouroupis

 

Tuscany, Italy

Say your vows underneath the Tuscan sun in this amazing part of Italy. This area holds so much history and architectural beauty, and there’s something about Italy that exudes romance at every turn. We have to say the food and wine selections are another major pro. Planning an Italian escape for your elopement will be a dream come true!

 

tuscany wedding picture

Photo by Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

There’s something special about tying the knot along one of Amsterdam’s picturesque canals. Believe us, there are plenty to choose from that can offer a public or private ceremony spot. Whether you’re visiting while the tulips are in bloom or in the autumn, once you’ve said “I Do” you can celebrate over a Stroopwafel.

 

coupling eloping in amsterdam

Photo by The Lightbox Tales

Paris, France

Eloping in Paris is truly the most romantic thing that you can do. The “City of Light” makes a perfect backdrop for your elopement! Have your ceremony at the Trocadero with the Eiffel Tower in the background or along the River Seine. Once you’ve tied the knot, then head to any of the popular parisian cafes, bars and restaurants to celebrate.

 

couple eloping with the Eiffel tower behind them

Photo via Jet Wed Co.

 

Algarve, Portugal

Algarve is a beach lover and surfer’s paradise, but it also is home to some of the most incredible ocean views in all of Portugal. That’s right, you can just casually have your elopement ceremony atop a massive ocean cliff overlooking crystal blue waters. I don’t know about you, but that might be the coolest elopement setup ever in our book.

 

couple eloping in algarve portgular by the water

Photo by The Love Hunters

 

Barcelona, Spain

A beach elopement is always a good idea, and Barcelona’s beach is unlike any other. But can we take a moment to appreciate the architecture? It’s unreal! From vibrant Gaudi creations to decadent dishes, this is one area of Spain that you’ll want to explore. This location is a photographer’s paradise as there are a myriad of beautiful places to choose from as the setting for your elopement.

 

couple eloping in barcelona

Photo via The Quirky

 

The Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones may have made parts of this area famous, but the coastline overall offers a number of incredible locations to choose from. It’s basically a fairytale destination with ancient castles, massive green hills and rugged cliffs. So yeah, go ahead and plan that dream elopement in The Causeway Coast.

 

couple eloping on the causway coast in northern ireland

 

The Dolomites, Italy

This mountain range near the Austrian border in the northern Italian Alps is home to world-class hiking, skiing and rock climbing. It’s home to a number of crystal clear mountain lakes like ​​Lago Di Braies Lake, which you’ve probably seen all over Instagram. They are some of the most beautiful mountains in the world and make for an incredible backdrop.

 

couple eloping in the dolomites with their dog

Photo via Green Wedding Shoes

 

Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

An adventure lovers dream elopement destination. Iceland has become one of the most popular international elopement spots with its magnificent glaciers, roaring waterfalls and black sand beaches. There’s such an eclectic mix of terrain that comes together in this beautiful country. Glacier Lagoon is just one of the impressive spots that couples seem to gravitate towards.

 

Couple eloping in glacier lagoon, iceland

Photo by Sergey Lapkovsky Photography

LAST UPDATED ON JANUARY 10, 2022

BY THE EPIC ELOPEMENT TEAM

 

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