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Best Places to Elope | In the US

Best Places to Elope in the US

Location Types

Deserts create a unique landscape for your elopement. Earth tones will look great against the backdrops of sand dunes, stone croppings and cacti.

If you are wanting amazing views than a mountain hike to the top with snow capped peaks and dramatic backgrounds.

Are you seeking tall old red wood trees, majestically reaching for the sky like the California Redwoods?

Or prefer sand in between the toes and ocean waves, like you can find in Hawaii or the Oregon Coast.




Coastal or Island

Best places to elope in Hawaii


North Shore and Lanikai Beach are located on Oahu. There is also amazing hiking such as Maunawili Falls Trail, Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail and Makapu’u Head.


If you love tropical weather, waterfalls and adventure, then Kauai is the island of your dreams. Kauai is an adventurer’s paradise. Views of the ocean while hiking along cliffs, waterfalls and canyons. Points of interest are the Na Pali coast, Mt Wai’ale’ale, Waimea Canyon and Kobe’s State Park.

Breathtaking views. Rugged coastlines, and secluded beaches. Kauai will blow you away. It hits all the epic adventure points.

Best places to elope in Colorado

Grand Dunes National Park

Want the feel of being in the Desert, then check out Grand Dunes National Park. There is rolling hills of sand an mountain backdrops. You can go sand boarding, camping and star gazing all in the state of Colorado. 

While here check out nearby Zapata Falls. A short hike to help cool off  after the hot sands. The footing can be slippery so good shoes are required. Be careful of hazards of ice in the winter and deep waters oof the spring.

Rocky Mountain National Park

There are thirteen allowed ceremony locations in the park. Book early as it is a popular location. I recommend weekdays to avoid the crowds. 

Rocky Mountain National Park spans 265,000 acres of white capped mountains, alpine lakes, and the famous Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road is the highest in the U. S. and has epic mountain view’s. The road links Estes Park and Grand Lake. 

San Juan National Forest

San Juan National Forest has a hidden gem, would I would consider my best place to elope. Island Lake is one of four lakes located in the Upper Ice lake Basin of San Juan National Park. It is a four mile hike to Island Lake which is known for is beautiful clear water, and alpine wildflowers in the summer.

Best places to elope in Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats

Glittering white salt, endless vistas, shallow pools mirroring the sky. Nowhere else in the U.S. can you find these views. The Utah flat have two seasons, a time when it is flooded and another when it is dry. When flooded a thin layer of water reflects everything around it, giving an ethereal look to the area.During the summer is is that glittering white that you expect of crystallized salt.

April through May, during the week is when I would visit to get that beautiful mirrored effect in your images without the crowds.


Moab is know for mesas and massive red rocks. The Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are within driving distance of Moab. Scenic drives, waterfalls, rocking climbing and hiking are all activities available. If you are wanting an elopement in an otherworldly landscape Moab is worth checking out.  

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  1. Ok I am literally adding this to my bookmarks right now. Loving every location you have on here and adding most to my personal bucket list of places to visit. Your work is beautiful and this is a great resource for those couples planning either elopements or engagement sessions in epic locations.

  2. Oh my gosh, this list is so comprehensive and incredible! What a fabulous resource — thank you for sharing!

  3. What a great post! I love that you did all of the work for us and it’s clear that you know what you’re talking about. Great post and really informative!

  4. It’s so hard to narrow down perfection locations for elopements – it sounds like you’re an expert for when your clients ask you for advice!

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