the ultimate guide to choosing the best place to elope for you
An adventure elopement is a unique and exciting way to get married, and choosing the right location is key to ensuring that your special day is perfect.
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Your personal preferences are an important factor to consider when choosing a location for your elopement. Think about what you and your partner love to do, and choose a location that reflects your interests and passions. This could be a location that offers activities like hiking, skiing, or surfing, or a location that has a special meaning to you, such as a place where you first met or where you got engaged.
Depending on your personal preferences, you may want to choose a location that offers a high level of privacy for your elopement. This could be a secluded beach, a remote mountain cabin, or a private estate. Be sure to research the location and make sure it offers the level of privacy you are looking for.
The scenery is an important factor to consider when choosing a location for your elopement. Think about what kind of views and surroundings you want for your special day, and choose a location that offers the scenery you are looking for. This could be a location with stunning views of the ocean, the mountains, or the city, or a location with beautiful gardens or natural features.
The activities you have planned for your adventure elopement are an important factor to consider when choosing a location. Be sure to choose a location that is suitable for the activities you have planned, and that offers the right terrain, facilities, and amenities to support your adventure.
When choosing a location for your adventure elopement, you need to consider how easy it is to get to and from the location. This is especially important if you are planning to have a destination elopement or if you will be traveling with guests, especially if you have guests who may have mobility issues or other special needs.
The weather can have a big impact on your adventure elopement, so it's important to choose a location with a climate that is suitable for the activities you have planned. For example, if you are planning to hike or climb, you need to choose a location with good weather conditions.
Permits and regulations:
Depending on the location you choose, you may need to obtain permits or follow certain regulations to get married. Be sure to research the requirements and make sure you have everything you need before choosing a location.
When choosing a location for your adventure elopement, you need to consider what amenities are available. This may include things like restrooms, first aid, water, and food. You should also consider whether there are any accommodations nearby in case you or your guests need to stay overnight.
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during the planning process we discuss in detail the vision, preferred style, and atmosphere for your elopement. many couples don't know what they want at the time of initial chat, and that's okay. we are here to research, scout, and advice on those most unique, beautiful, hidden locations for your perfect intimate & fun experience.
There are so many amazing, unique, and hidden locations. We are here to provide our couples with experience and expertise and help you navigate through a variety of choices!
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit for your elopement! This trail is also dog friendly! This is a loop hike accessible from three separate parking lots, there are many options for this adventure and for a shorter experience without missing out on the views!
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Friday Harbor has the most amenities of any of the Islands. Start your morning off with a sailboat whale watching tour, get ready at a romantic seaside villa, hike out to the gorgeous Lime Kiln Lighthouse for a sunset ceremony and end the day with a private dinner at Roche Harbor Restaurant. Then, when you wake up the next morning, take a scenic tour of the islands on the red moped rentals to visit the llama farm, lavender fields, museums and ice cream shops!
The park has four regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west-side temperate rainforest, and the forests of the drier east side. Within the park there are three distinct ecosystems, including subalpine forest and wildflower meadow, temperate forest, and the rugged Pacific coast. Because the park is so diverse in its landscapes, eloping at the Olympics is a great option year-round. Weekdays are best for eloping in National Parks, especially during the summer months. Unlike Mt Rainier National Park where you can typically drive through or around the park and hit many locations on the way, Olympic National Park is a one way in, one way out road system to each of its most beautiful locations. An all day timeline is recommended to be able to get coverage at more than 1 spot.
Olympic National Park + Peninsula
You can see this incredible mountain monument from virtually any distance within a 200 mile radius of the park, but you cannot fathom the actual size and scale of the scene before you when you reach its base. There is never a bad time to visit for your elopement, though summer is everyone’s favorite. Experience epic waterfalls in spring, wildflowers in summer, brilliant fall foliage in autumn and snowshoeing in the winter. You’ll have endless opportunities for activities, luxury stays or cabin accommodations and dining options. Weekdays are best for eloping in National Parks, especially during the summer months.
The North Cascades National Park is a great place for an elopement due to its stunning natural beauty and diverse landscape. Located in the northwest corner of Washington state, the park is home to snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, forests, and many other natural features. There are many beautiful locations within the park to choose from for an elopement, including scenic overlooks, trails, and alpine meadows. Additionally, the park offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, and backpacking, which can add a sense of adventure to your elopement.
There are 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, however the four ferry served Islands; San Juan Island (with the county seat Friday Harbor), Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island are the most populous and host the vast majority of lodging and dining options and tourism activities. With the 4 main islands of the archipelago, each has a distinct priority. San Juan is the populous one, while Orcas is the biggest. Lopez is the friendly island and Shaw is the one that you go to for privacy. With that, there is always a spot that will fit exactly the mood you want for your San Juan Islands elopement.The islands are incredible for nature enthusiasts and luxury lovers alike. There's the potential for spotting orcas, humpbacks, minke whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions and bald eagles from virtually anywhere on the islands. You’ll have no shortage of restaurants, accommodations, and entertainment as well! To get there you can choose to either take the ferry from Anacortes, which is typically 2-3 hours travel time or by sea plane through Kenmore Air which departs from South Lake Union in Seattle and is a 52 min direct flight and a once in a lifetime experience!
Diablo lake is a unique turquoise color reservoir located between Ross Lake and George Lake on the Skagit River. It sits at an elevation of 1,201 feet above sea level and is a popular recreational spot for kayakers and canoeists. Imagine spending an adventurous elopement hiking out to one of the beautiful overlooks for a private ceremony then kayaking out to one of the little islands for a celebration picnic and soaking in the sun and fresh mountain air.
Artist Point is one of the easiest accessible trails for the most amazing views you could be offered. Elope in the winter and spend the day at Mt. Baker Ski Resort and cozy up to a fire reception at the Mountaineers Lodge or relax amongst the many wildflower covered fields and photogenic mountain lakes in the summertime. You have no shortage of dining and accomodation options in the neighboring towns close by.
FIRE AND ICE TRAIL | ARTIST POINT
Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 30 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and walking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are May through October. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.
Reflection Lakes + Pinnacle Peak Trail
Unlike many of the trails out of Sunrise Visitor Center that lead you closer to the hulking presence of Mount Rainier, Dege Peak walks you just far enough away from the mountain to get a little perspective. With stunning 360-degree views ranging from nearby Cowlitz Chimneys to the far-off peaks of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Glacier Peak and Mount Baker, this perch above Sourdough Ridge is terrific for an easy alpine stroll on a clear day.
This paved accessible trail provides exceptional distant views of the Gold Creek Valley and Chikamin Peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traversing the headwaters of Gold Creek. This barrier-free interpretive trail loops around the pond. Enjoy beautiful views of the Gold Creek Valley and take advantage of the ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, especially in the evenings. Find a large picnic area at the pond with tables and fire grates.
Gold Creek Pond
Follow a tumbling, churning, whitewater creek upstream as it thunders through a narrow gorge of glacier-polished rock on your way to a waterfall that drops 301 feet in a single plunge. Admire numerous small waterfalls and cascades and two significant ones. This trail can be pretty mosquito friendly in the summertime and is suggested in early spring or late fall when the weather is cool.
Christine Falls to Comet Falls
Topping out at 5685 feet, High Rock is dramatically higher than its surroundings. On a clear day, the exposed summit provides outstanding views all around and down. The trail is moderately steep but short, following Sawtooth Ridge 1.6 miles to the summit, where a fire lookout cabin clings to the top. This location is located outside of the National Park so dogs are allowed on leashes and you do not need a special use permit for your ceremony.
High Rock Lookout
Hoh rainforest is a truly magical place. An old growth forest miles away from any highways, this special place holds one of the quietest spots on earth. Here, you will feel like a tiny Alice wandering around Wonderland through blankets of moss that has covered everything in sight and treetops so tall they disappear into the mist. If you’re looking for a moody, quiet, romantic place to say your vows, the hoh rainforest might be for you!
Most of Quinault Rain Forest isn't found in the Olympic National Park, maybe that is why you don't read about it more, but a boundary does not make or break Quinault Rain Forest, find out for yourself! Lake Quinault is something you will not find in the Hoh and the Upper Quinault River is a great fishing river. The trails on the south shore are great ways to see the "real" rainforest. There are two incredible waterfall hikes and the Largest Spruce is easily found on the grounds of Lake Quinault's Rain Forest Resort Village. Which we might add is a wonderful place to stay, and the Salmon House is "the place" to eat. Lake Quinault Lodge is open year-round and offers guided boat tours, boat, and paddleboat rentals, and guided driving tours of Quinault Rain Forest. The Quinault Loop road around the lake takes you through the medieval forest where you will find waterfalls and blanketed moss covered ancient trees. There’s a lot more to do all in one area, which is great for all day elopements! Plus, there is not an entrance fee!
The views from Hurricane Ridge are so incredible, you’ll find people making the long windy drive just to pop open some camping chairs and sit for hours at the edge of the parking lot, soaking it all in. Located at the end of Hurricane Ridge Road in the Olympic Mountains, the Hurricane Hill Trail is an incredible hike to a fantastic viewpoint. The trailhead starts 1.5 miles beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor's Center in Olympic National Park. This paved trail climbs to a panoramic view of the Olympic Range, Puget Sound, and Vancouver Island. As one of the most easily accessible locations in the Olympic Peninsula (under an hour from Port Angeles), this day hike is a popular option for visitors in the area although a few spur trails can provide seclusion even if it’s busy along the main trail for your elopement!
Hiking the southern coast of the Olympic Peninsula provides some amazing sights of the pristine beaches and marine wildlife. North of Ruby Beach, the Hoh River creates a natural boundary.
Some of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park, Kalaloch and Ruby Beach are located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula. They are accessible directly off of Highway 101 just 45 minutes away from the hoh rainforest. Ruby is famously named for the reddish sand that occasionally gathers and large rock islands known as sea stacks while Kalaloch is famous for its natural phenomenon, the tree of life. Erosion, having taken away its life supply, has not stopped the tree from thriving on the coast and leaving people speechless from a sight that has never been seen before. Beneath the tree root cave is a natural flowing waterfall.
Kalaloch and Ruby Beach
Lake Cushman State Park In the southeast portion of the Olympic Peninsula, and just 2 hours from Seattle, is Lake Cushman – sitting at the base of the mountain range, with gorgeous hiking trails, parks, campsites, roadside waterfalls, and more! Spend your day kayaking or paddle boarding, cliff jumping, hiking or just relaxing with a picnic before heading back to your cozy accommodations. This area gets its namesake from the stunning Lake Cushman Reservoir, a popular destination for its clear waters and lush forested shoreline.
Lake Cushman State Park
Lake Crescent is a deep lake located entirely within Olympic National Park in Clallam County, Washington, United States, approximately 17 miles west of Port Angeles on U.S. Route 101 and nearby to the small community of Piedmont. You can give back with a wedding weekend at Naturebridge, have your ceremony overlooking Lake Crescent atop Mount Storm King, or say “I do” beneath the rushing Marymere Falls. Continue your wedding weekend with a rustic cabin getaway just 40 minutes away from the lake at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, who doesn’t love a natural bathtub?
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie Pass
This is a highly traveled trail so parking fills up quickly, but that also means that there are restrooms available at the trailhead. This is a great hike year-round. You can take a dip in the summer, enjoy a classic foggy Pacific Northwest day, or experience a winter wonderland when it is snowy (though you will want to consider bringing snowshoes or at least sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles). This can also be done as a loop by connecting with the Wagon Road Trail and is a great alternative to Snoqualmie Falls since it is barrier free! We highly recommend this location at Sunrise on a weekday for privacy.
Orcas is the largest island in the chain of the San Juans. You can reach it by ferry or seaplane. There are so many cozy accommodations here to host your elopement or micro wedding ceremony. Choose from balconies overlooking the ocean and walking straight out onto the beach or a serene landscape of moss covered old growth forest trails. You could hike to the “castle” at the tallest point in the San Juans, Mount Constitution or stick to the stunning beaches with views of Mt Baker in the distance. Pair this with food from farm to fork B&B’s, stunning scenery and romantic privacy, you are guaranteed an extraordinary experience for you and your guests!
Located just 40 min outside of Bend, OR. Smith Rock State Park offers a unique dramatic canyon landscape with a river running through it. Renowned for rock climbing, this popular destination is perfect for an elopement for two! Spend the day rock climbing, horseback riding, visiting the local farm animals on the ranch, or relaxing after a day of exploring at the local winery.
Smith Rock State Park
If you’re looking to chase waterfalls for your elopement or micro wedding look no further than the historic columbia river highway. While there are hundreds of waterfalls and thousands of incredible trails to choose from, this specific stretch along I-84 offers 9 large, spectacular waterfalls that are so easily accessible they hardly require hiking. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of the most spectacular and underrated areas in the United States. Stay the weekend in downtown Portland for a city vibe or escape to one of the many quaint cabins and B&B’s then it’s a short drive to a local brewery or restaurant to continue the celebration!
When it comes to choosing an incredible state to get married in, Oregon has it all! choose from a wild coastline, lush green forests, craggy mountain peaks, or even dried desert lake beds! Portland is the largest city, but you’re never far from nature, even in the heart of Oregon’s metropolis. In fact, just 30 minutes out of Portland is the Columbia River Gorge, which is home to the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Oregon has over 230 waterfalls that are gorgeous elopement destinations!
In Oregon, nature rules. There are 50 named mountain ranges to explore, the highest peak being Mount Hood. More than half of Oregon’s 61 millions acres is public land – 1 national park, 256 state parks, 13 national forests, 4 national monuments, and 47 wilderness areas!
I don’t believe being close to nature means you need to limit your luxuries! An Oregon elopement isn’t just camping and hiking – this state has incredible food and drinks in every city! Portland specifically is a foodie paradise, and you can find multiple restaurants to suit the preferences of all diets. For those who drink, scattered across the state are 725 wineries, more than a dozen distilleries, and 200+ breweries!
Oregon truly has it all, and it is the ideal elopement location for those who love abundant nature, quirky towns, and friendly people.
The 25 mile stretch between Yachats and Florence Oregon offers the most incredible variety of seaside exploration. Imagine your elopement day discovering sea caves, beached sea lions, expansive coastal cliffs, tide pools and lighthouses. Rent a jeep and go off roading on the many beach trails or invite your closest friends and family to join you amongst the wildflower meadows overlooking the ocean before heading back to both luxury and rugged accommodations and restaurants. You’ll find everything you need for a coastal wedding that feels more like a remote Island on a different planet.
People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. The Trail of Ten Waterfalls is only 7.2 miles following a rushing stream. It’s very moderate with 800-feet in elevation gain on a paved and unpaved surface. It’s full of the typical gushing greenery you expect from Oregon forests. Plush moss, draping ferns, sheer bluffs and carving streams everywhere. But the star of the show were the waterfalls. Three of which you can walk behind. One of which is 177-feet tall! The park also offers many trails where your pup can join you or enjoy the day by horseback through Howard Creek Horse Camp. Additionally, no permit is required for elopements!
Silver Falls State Park
This trail offers some of the best panoramic views of Crater Lake! This trail is considered mild with only 337 feet of elevation gain. It offers constant views of the lake and Wizard Island. Its hard not to stop every two feet and take in the scenery! This trail is also great, as you can make it as long or short as you want . There are two entry points to this trail, one at the lodge, and one to the left of the lodge (left turn before the parking lot). The hike to the overlook is 2.4 miles roundtrip. This is one of the best places to elope for couples who want scenic views without too much mileage!
Discovery Point Trail
The Watchman Peak Trail is a short and steep out and back 1.7 mile out and back climb to a 360-degree view on the west side above Crater Lake from a historic fire lookout. There is enough elevation gain that you can see all the way to Mount Shasta on a clear day. This is an excellent location for wheelchair users, kids and groups alike. While the lookout at the top is not ada accessible, the walled overlook offers the same views of the lake. It is not essential that you do the hike as the views from the parking lot are gorgeous enough! We recommend this spot for an epic sunrise starting point to your elopement day.
Watchman Peak Overlook
What’s really fun about this trail is the experience getting there! In order to get to Wizard Island, you have to get to the boat dock on the lakeshore via Cleetwood Cove Trail. It is a steep walk down, and you will need to walk back up on the way back- this part will be the most challenging part of the day but the volcanic site and the views from every corner on the way up to the summit are magnificent. Shuttle boats will take you to this trailhead and then pick you up 3 hours later- you cannot camp out on the island. If you reserve early enough, 8 persons per day are allowed to spend up to 6 hours on the island. You'll need to reserve a spot on the Wizard Island shuttle to do this.
This is the one of the most popular hiking trails in Crater Lake National Park with close proximity to the Rim Village, Crater Lake Lodge, and Applegate Peak. There are spectacular panoramic views of the entire lake and other high cascades features to the north and to the south the Klamath Basin and southern Cascade features. This is a 3.4-mile out-and-back trail. It is generally considered a moderately challenging route with an average of 2 h 6 min to complete. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.
Famous for its deep blue color and water clarity you will have views of the caldera, pumice desert, wizard island, hiking trails, high elevation for stargazing. If you’re wanting epic views at sunrise or sunset and a unique elopement location, Crater Lake may be the place for you. Your elopement does require a permit and has some limitations on amplified music, etc., but overall it is completely worth it. Crater Lake won’t be able to accommodate a big wedding. These spots work best when you have no more than 10 people attending your ceremony!
located on the banks of the lower Susquehanna River, The park's 15 miles of trails include the Susquehanna Ridge Trail three miles, which offers views of the river valley, the Land of Promise (1.6 miles (2.6 km)), the Farm Road Trail (two miles (3.2 km)) and other named trails. The Lower Susquehanna Greenways Trail, which is co-located with the Mason-Dixon Trail, starts at the park and runs north along the river to the Conowingo Dam. The park also offers boating and fishing on the Susquehanna, campgrounds, and picnicking facilities.
Susquehanna State Park
Officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a state spanning the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, Appalachian, and Great Lakes regions of the United States. It borders Delaware to its southeast, Maryland to its south, West Virginia to its southwest, Ohio to its west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to its northwest, New York to its north, and the Delaware River and New Jersey to its east.
Pennsylvania is the fifth-most populous state in the nation with over 13 million residents as of 2020. It is the 33rd-largest state by area and ranks ninth among all states in population density. The southeastern Delaware Valley metropolitan area comprises and surrounds Philadelphia, the state's largest and nation's sixth most populous city. Another 2.37 million reside in Greater Pittsburgh in the southwest, centered around Pittsburgh, the state's second-largest and Western Pennsylvania's largest city. The state's subsequent five most populous cities are: Allentown, Reading, Erie, Scranton, and Bethlehem. The state capital is Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania's geography is highly diverse: the Appalachian Mountains run through the center of the state; the Allegheny and Pocono mountains span much of Northeast Pennsylvania; close to 60% of the state is forested. While it has only 140 miles (225 km) of waterfront along Lake Erie and the Delaware River, Pennsylvania has more navigable rivers than any other state in the nation, including the Delaware, Ohio, and Pine Creek rivers.
For over two hundred years, visitors have come from all over to experience the natural wonders of the Poconos region. You’ll have no shortage of activities or locations to pick from for your wedding with over eight national and state parks in the area that are free to visit and packed with outdoor adventure and relaxation. Below we’ve listed a few of our favorites!
Popular activities you can find here are mountain biking, snow shoeing, ski resort, kids water park, aerial ropes course, outdoor lazer tag, disc golf, lift rides, waterfall hikes, yurts and cabins, boating, camping, picnicking and fishing.
While Poconos boasts dozens of incredible waterfalls such as the popular Bushkill Falls, Luke’s, Tumbling Waters, Paupack, and Shohola Falls, our favorite hidden gem can be found in Hickory State Park. The Orchard Trail is a 3.0 mile loop that is absolutely gorgeous in August where you will find yourself wandering through woods and rhododendrons to get to the 25ft high two tiered Hawk Falls. We like this location because it is lesser known and easy to find privacy for your elopement adventure.
Orchard Trail/Hawk Falls
Set on the slope of Blue Mountain, amidst hardwood forests, vernal ponds, and sheltered dells is a privately owned non-profit celtic inspired outdoor sanctuary covering more than 20 acres of land through the Appalachian Trail. It features a series of large rocks that have been stacked in ways reminiscent of celtic practices. You’ll find stone archways and maintained looping trails covering several miles of total walking distance. All trails are unpaved, and follow the contours of the land; sturdy footwear is recommended. Columcille Megalith Park is a Spiritual Center aligning with our natural environment and Celtic mysticism. If you love lord of the rings, game of thrones or any renaissance era castles and fairy tales, this place is the perfect gem for your elopement ceremony!
Permit fee $350 for a 2 hour session includes park admission for participants + photography. This is not a good location to host a reception of any kind. Dogs are allowed in this park.
Columcille Megalith Park
Longwood Gardens is a botanical garden that consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Witches Hat Hike
Camping elopements are considered fun and unique because they offer a chance to get married in a natural and secluded setting, away from the distractions and pressures of city life. They also offer the opportunity for unique outdoor activities and adventures, such as hiking to a remote location for the ceremony or spending the night under the stars, offered at this unique location while allowing for a more personal and memorable experience for the couple and their guests.
Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 26 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, mountain biking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are March through October. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
This location has so many unique focal points for photography! It’s an easy 400ft of stairs before reaching an incredible panoramic view of the surrounding region from an elevation of 2898 feet. Although there are higher points in Maryland, Dans Mountain has the view of the most impressive escarpment of Maryland’s mountains. It is essentially continuous both north (into Pennsylvania) and south (into West Virginia) known as the Allegheny Front. What makes Dans Rock unique is that the history of this overlook is told in vibrant colorful graffiti art on the rocks. In fact, even before you see the awesome view, you’ll notice the bold and colorful graffiti on the rocks, stairs, and platforms. If graffiti on rocks upsets you, skip it but this is part of the location’s tradition! If you look closely, you’ll notice engraved inscriptions in the rocks from 1931, 1947, and 1870! People have been coming here to leave their mark for generations. Maybe you could leave yours on your elopement day!
Dan's Rock Overlook
Perched at the southern tip of South Mountain, more than 500 feet above the Potomac River, Weverton Cliffs in central Maryland is easily one of the state’s most scintillating viewpoints. It is also relatively easily accessible—this 1.9-mile out-and-back trail is generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1h 8 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
Trail Information: Length 1.9 mi roundrip Elevation gain; 567 ft Facilities: None
Accessibility: Kid friendly, dog friendly
Maryland is commonly referred to as "America in Miniature" and sometimes "Little America" because it is home to just about every type of nature feature, other than a desert. Whether you’re from here or looking to extend your elopement into a honeymoon destination, you’re guaranteed to have a dang good time and make some incredible memories! Imagine waking up in a historic log cabin, exploring the forests of red and white oaks, maybe jumping into a waterfall, enjoying a boat cruise along the chesapeake bay, traversing through a lavender field and finishing off with a private dinner of steamed blue crab, Smith Island wedding cake and a natty boh beer. A perfect day would you say?! There’s so much in store for you to elope in Maryland!
The 25 mile stretch between Yachats and Florence Oregon offers the most incredible variety of seaside exploration. Imagine your elopement day discovering sea caves, beached sea lions, expansive coastal cliffs, tide pools and lighthouses. Rent a jeep and go off roading on the many beach trails or invite your closest friends and family to join you amongst the wildflower meadows overlooking the ocean before heading back to both luxury and rugged accommodations and restaurants. You’ll find everything you need for a coastal wedding that feels more like a remote Island on a different planet.
At the end of a short and quaint country road, where the pavement ends and a forest springs up abruptly, is a log cabin home perched atop a sloping landscape of state protected wildland reserve of over 15 acres. From a distance, it is an eclectic and serene postcard-esc vision of the perfect homestead. Upon closer inspection, the beauty of northern Maryland comes into full view. Surrounded by towering poplar, cherry, and white oak trees, the 3.13 acre private hillside property is a sight to behold. In the late spring, wild raspberries are strewn all throughout, able to be eaten right off the vine if one is able to beat the various birds that decorate the forest. Vibrant ferns carpet the forest floor in the spring and summer, cut only by a gorgeous pathway which is immaculately maintained. The owners of EZ Elopements, Elizabeth and Zach offer their own private forest for ceremonies up to 12 guests. On the property is a full bridal suite with professional hair and makeup vanity with useful amenities like a portable steamer, link roller, bridal hanger and everything you didn’t know you needed!
The outdoor ceremony space is a quick 5 minute walk through the forest to your choice of wooden boardwalk or fairytale gazebo. The venue also offers decoration services, music and celebratory champagne toast or luxury picnic.
This natural wonder is the second highest free-falling waterfall in the state. It was also used as a filming location for the Disney movie, Tuck Everlasting. Walk 1.2 miles along Falling Branch Trail and you'll arrive at Kilgore Falls. From memorial day through labor day, there is a permit required on weekends to visit the falls but the cost is free. This is also a very popular area for birding, hiking, and horseback riding.
Trail Information: Length 1.2 Elevation gain 85ft Route Type: Out and Back
Accessibility: Dog Friendly, Kid Friendly
King & Queen Seat – great name, right? Great name, and even better views – especially for Maryland. This short hike at Rocks State Park in Maryland is a must for the locals. Once believed to be an ceremonial gathering place of the Susquehannock Indians. It is a collection of impressive natural rock outcrops with excellent views of the surrounding area. The groups of large rocks – some almost 100 feet in height – climb almost 200 feet above Deer Creek below. The views are absolutely breathtaking and make for a lovely afternoon to get married in!
Trail Information: Length 3.2mi Elevation Gain: 682ft Route Type: Loop
Cost: Parking fee $2
Galleries: 10.31.21 Lei & Wilfred, 09.04.21 Gladis & Walter
Easily one of the most recognizable U.S. national parks—and one of the most recognizable spots on the entire planet—the Grand Canyon has become nearly synonymous with America. We could tell you all about the sunsets and views and epic hikes along this 277-mile-long chasm, but honestly? This is one you need to see for yourself. Explore the trails on the back of a touring mule, by birds eye view in a helicopter at sunset or take a rafting trip on the Colorado River. The options for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and incredible photos of your once-in-a-lifetime elopement are second to none.
Texas is home to a wide range of landscapes and outdoor spaces, from the rolling hills and forests of the Hill Country, to the wide-open plains of the Panhandle, to the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. These beautiful locations provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate and romantic elopement, and can make for stunning wedding photos.
Another reason to elope in Texas is the state's rich history and culture. Texas has a fascinating history, from its days as a Spanish colony, to its role as an independent republic, to its modern-day status as one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic states in the country. This history is reflected in the state's architecture, cuisine, and customs, which can add a unique and interesting element to a wedding.
Finally, Texas is known for its friendly and welcoming people. The state has a reputation for being hospitable and down-to-earth, which can make eloping here feel like a special and personal experience.
Texas has over 80 state parks, natural areas and historic sites spanning over 630,000 acres! Texas is also home to two national parks - Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Big Bend National Park - and features other beautiful protected lands like Padre Island, the Big Thicket, part of the Rio Grande, Lake Amistad and Lake Meredith.
Other brilliant attractions include the Lighthouse Trail for its historic walking trail, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum with exhibits ranging from archaeology, paleontology, classic cars, textiles, and more. There is an abundance of exciting landmarks to explore, including the Texas Outdoor Musical with stunning song and dance-themed performances that depict historical stories of the past to a family-centric water park like Canyon Aqua Park.
As you're hiking this 1.4-mile, out-and-back trail, you'll be surrounded by all kinds of beautiful natural scenery no matter the time of year.
Alabama is home to a wide range of landscapes and outdoor spaces, from the rolling hills and forests of the Appalachians, to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Gulf Coast. These beautiful locations provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate and romantic elopement, and can make for stunning wedding photos. For example, imagine exchanging vows on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, or in the lush gardens of Bellingrath Gardens or the Huntsville Botanical Garden. You can also elope in the great outdoors, in locations such as the Little River Canyon National Preserve or the Talladega National Forest. Overall, Alabama's natural beauty provides endless opportunities for a beautiful and memorable elopement.
Another reason to elope in Alabama is the state's rich history and culture. Alabama has a fascinating history, from its days as our Native Americans hunting grounds, to its role as a center of the cotton industry, to its modern-day status as a diverse and dynamic state. This history is reflected in the state's architecture, cuisine, and customs, which can add a unique and interesting element to a wedding. For example, couples can elope in one of Alabama's historic homes or plantations, such as the 1819 Weeden House or the Magnolia Grove Plantation. Consider incorporating elements of Alabama's culture into your elopement, such as its distinctive cuisine of crawfish boils, wood smoked bbq, pecan pie, fried green tomatoes, catfish or its rich musical heritage of southern bluegrass.
Escape the party coves and swarms of college students in Gulf Shores and go just a little bit further, almost to the panhandle of Florida, to the quiet paradise of Dauphin Island. The beaches here are dog friendly! Which is something rare for the area.
It's easy to see why Glacier National Park is one of the most-visited parks in the country. With its pristine mountain lakes, glaciers, 700 miles of hiking trails, and road trips along Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park represents some of the best nature the U.S. has to offer. The best time to visit is July- September when the park is fully open when the trails are mostly clear of snow and the park is teaming with wildflowers and wildlife. Imagine your elopement day wandering through towering mountains, pristine alpine lakes, abundant wildlife, and snacking on wild huckleberries.
Known for its photogenic lighthouses, weathered pine trees, and sunrises atop Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park is an essential stop on any Maine road trip. The park also happens to house one of our favorite national park beaches: Sand Beach, a wide expanse of yellow sand with crystal-clear water. Whether you're hiking up Cadillac Mountain, hiding out on Sand Beach or just driving along Park Loop Road, Acadia's attractions are all about enjoying the great outdoors. Adventurous activities are plentiful and when the season permits, leaf peeping and a wide range of winter sports are also popular. For the more leisure-seeking traveler, natural phenomena like Otter Cliff and Thunder Hole awe as the fields by picturesque Jordan Pond provide the perfect place to spread an afternoon picnic, cycle the carriage roads, experience a sailboat whale watching tour and enjoy the simple pleasures of Maine.
What makes Capitol Reef unique among the Mighty Five is its prehistoric and early-settler history, best seen in the petroglyph rock art etched by the Fremont people over a thousand years ago. Don't miss the park's other rocky attractions, including the Chimney Rock pillar, the Hickman Bridge arch, and the towering structures of Cathedral Valley. Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.The town of Torrey is a quick car trip away from the park and features everything from small rental cabins to hotel/motels to rustic lodges with really, really good pie. Range a bit further afield and shack up in Teasdale or Bicknell, where the pie game remains high and the small cafes and theaters beckon. Spend your elopement day in Capitol Reef horseback riding, off roading, hiking and canyoneering!
Permits/Passes required Special Use Permit $50
Best time of year to go October - March
The highlight of Zion National Park is an expansive canyon. Averaging 2,000 feet deep, Zion Canyon offers hiking opportunities along its floor in the 20 to 30 foot wide area known as The Narrows and the challenging area known as The Subway. You can also go swimming in this area of the Virgin River. Consider staying in a luxury glamping yurt experience through “Under Canvas” for your getting ready moments, wading through the cool waters of the virgin river as you hike through the narrows, and finish the day slow dancing against a glowing magenta landscape. What an incredible way to spend your elopement day!
Permit Required: Special Use Permit $100
Best time of year to go Late summer through early fall for the narrows and December - February for the rest of the park
For most of the year, a shuttle zips visitors to and from the hiking trailheads…cars are not allowed on this road when the shuttle is in operation. During the winter months, when the shuttle is not running, you are permitted to drive on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
The Narrows is usually closed from mid-March through mid-May.
Sculpted by wind, water and time, Utah's landscape is the perfect canvas for adventurers who want an incredible elopement! From its five incredible national parks to the winter sports wonderland of the Wasatch Mountains to Salt Lake City’s urban charms, Utah is a place where unexpected experiences forge lasting memories. Spot snow-capped mountains on the horizon. Marvel at towering fins of orange and red sandstone cut by erosion into bridges, arches and sculpted red rock "hoodoos." Discover dramatic faults where the earth twists or gentle, rolling hummocks of "slickrock." At night, these remote, wide open spaces allow for deep, dark skies, ideal for some of the best stargazing in the world. You’ll have endless incredible landscapes to choose from for your wedding ceremony and activities to fill your day with!
Just 3 hours north of Las Vegas in southern Utah, Snow Canyon State Park is a 7,400-acre scenic park quietly tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful and fragile desert environment. The red sandstone cliffs make an extraordinary backdrop for picturesque romance and lava rock scattered throughout is an unforgettable sight. Tie the knot among its astounding petrified dunes, or above the park for a breathtaking view of the canyon. Snow Canyon is an excellent choice for an intimate and remarkable wedding ceremony. These incredible locations are perfect for escaping the cold winters into a warm, sunny, red rocks landscape. Spend the day surfing on the sand dunes, exploring the slot canyons, watch the most colorful sunrise or sunset of your life before stargazing into a wide open sky with zero light pollution! Snow Canyon provides a happy medium of the structure of a park (accessibility for older guests, restroom facilities, etc) , without the overwhelming crowds often found in Zion.
Permits/Passes required: Special Use Permit $150 + Photography Permit $175. View the ceremony Guidelines Here
Only 1 permit is allowed per day in the park so reserve your permit early!
Best time of year to go: Winter
Moab Desert/Arches National Park - Part of Utah's “Mighty Five,” Arches National Park is known for its—you guessed it—stone arches. The park has over 2,000 of them, plus hundreds of balanced rocks and soaring pinnacles. Make sure you visit around sunset, when the contrasting landscapes become an incredible palette of red, orange, and gold. The best time to visit Arches National Park is in the spring (March through May) and the fall (mid-September through November), when temperatures are mild.
Permit Required: Special Use Permit $100
When it comes to finding the gem of the south, Tennessee takes the cake. This spectacular state boasts views that sweep the length of the Appalachian mountains, over valleys ringed by gurgling creeks and rife with rushing rivers. The pronounced greenery of the Volunteer State is about to give your summer vacation plans a run for their money. Spring and fall are perfect for waterfall hopping and the wet weather creates stunning falls. While you are more limited in the summer by what falls still have water falling down, the variety TN offers allows you to find one perfect for any season. Hiking options abound from quiet forests to beautiful overlooks. Hip cities such as Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville can add an urban feel to your elopement! Local businesses abound so just imagine hopping between 5 local restaurants for a “multi-course” meal! Music is popular so whether you’re working with students from a local university or even hiring a band from Nashville, your music dreams can come true in Tennessee. And it’s not just country music! Whatever your musical taste, there’s ways to include it in your elopement.
The sprawling landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains. Spend your elopement day getting ready in a cabin in the nearby town of Gatlinburg. Then fill your day on the Skylift park scenic chairlift ride to mountain vistas, ride a gravity driven alpine roller coaster, explore ancient caves and caverns, cool off in a natural swimming hole or explore the many quirky museums and music filled streets. Whether you hike past waterfalls or set up camp under the stars, there's no wrong way to experience the 800 square miles of this natural wonder.
One of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world. Nestled in a woodland setting, Thorncrown Chapel rises forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky. This magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, making it blend perfectly with its setting.
Need to know Information: Elopement Special: (just the couple and you may bring a photographer, one-hour reservation, Monday through Thursday only, sound person not included) $595
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Arkansas might be to start the day off with a canoe trip down the Buffalo National River. As you paddle down the river, you can take in the stunning views of the Ozark Mountains and the wildlife that call the river home.
After your canoe trip, you can head to the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs for your elopement ceremony. The chapel is a stunning glass and wood structure that is nestled in the woods, and it offers beautiful views of the surrounding forest.
For your wedding outfits, you might want to go with something that is comfortable and fitting for the outdoors. For the bride, a simple white sundress and a flower crown would be a beautiful and romantic choice. The groom can wear a pair of khaki pants and a button-down shirt.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves traditional Arkansas cuisine. This might include dishes like catfish, fried green tomatoes, and hushpuppies.
To end the day on a musical note, you can head to a local music venue and listen to some live music from a local band. They might play a mix of country, bluegrass, and folk music, which would be perfect for your adventurous elopement day in Arkansas.
Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. About 1,000,000 gallons of 143°F flow from the springs every day. Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
Quaff the elixir at the Superior Bathhouse Brewery
A beautiful scenic trail offering nice views of the Big Creek Valley and bluff lines. The area is known for rock climbers. If you decide to rock climb, please use extra caution. The trail to the main overlook is only about a half mile, but there are many trails to wander here.
The rocky overlook at Sam’s Throne and its surrounding ridges offer lots of opportunities for stunning compositions, and it’s western facing point makes it a great option for sunset.
Step into the past by visiting the three natural stone cabins and the lodge on White Rock Mountain built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). White Rock Mountain is 2,260 feet above sea level. White Rock Mountain offers a 13.4-mile loop trail south to Shores Lake and returns to intersect with the Ozark Highlands Trail. Around the rim of the mountaintop is a 1.5-mile loop trail. 3 rental cabins and a lodge. All three feature stone fireplaces and original furniture. The lodge can accommodate up to 30 people a night and is accessible to the physically challenged. The cabins can be rented year-round. 8 family camping units with tent pads and fire pits. 8 family picnicking units.
Petit Jean State Park is an Arkansas classic, a natural and historic treasure that has welcomed travelers for decades. The natural beauty and ancient geology of the legendary Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas’s first state park and with it our state park system. The park mirrors the mountain’s rugged beauty with its rustic-style, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps beginning in 1933. The CCC built trails, roads, bridges, cabins, and the focal point of the park, historic Mather Lodge, a 24-room lodge overlooking Cedar Creek Canyon with a restaurant, meeting rooms, and gift shop. The fireplace in the lobby serves as a welcoming gathering place in the winter.
Near the lodge are 33 cabins located along the bluff with views of the canyon. Most of the cabins are rustic style with modern amenities, and a few are duplex designs. Upstream from Cedar Creek 100 acres for fishing, kayaking, and pedal boating. Open in the summer months, the boathouse offers a snack bar, boat rentals, and supplies. The 125 park campsites are near Lake Bailey. Other options include a group camp area, a rally-style area, and four Rent-A-Yurts. The park also has an airport.
Two swimming pools, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, boat launch ramp, tennis and basketball court, and an amphitheater are also on site. Hiking trails lead through forests and meadows, over canyons, and along streams and the mountainside. See where nature formed sheer bluffs, the spectacular 95-foot Cedar Falls, Seven Hollows, and such distinctive features as Bear Cave, the Grotto, Natural Bridge, and other formations like carpet rocks and turtle rocks. Interpreters lead programs and special events throughout the year showcasing the uniqueness of this park. Rarely do you find a place that will beckon you back again and again. Petit Jean is that place. Come discover the beautiful, mystical qualities of Arkansas’s first state park.
Lots of insane overlooks to hike to for your elopement!
A journalist once placed it in her “Best Places in Arkansas to Get Kissed” travel article. Disney filmed the opening to “Tuck Everlasting” here. We can’t begin to count the number of proposals and nuptials this aged, craggy rock has seen. While the craggy rock may be your destination, there’s plenty to enjoy along the way. In the springtime the trail is lush with wildflowers and along the rimrock trail, a creek tumbles over the edge forming a triple waterfall area. In the fall, the Whitaker Point trail is graced with the bright oranges and reds of turning maple leaves and other hardwood trees. Even in summer, a rich green view over Buffalo River country awaits at trail’s end, with the hike along the way being mostly shaded.
Located on 4.5 miles of wooded shoreline along Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, the gardens feature more than 128 species of ornamental and native shrubs and wild flowers, 160 different types of azaleas, a 4-acre Asian garden with a 12-foot waterfall, three unique bridges, the Perry Wildflower Overlook, and the sandstone and redwood Garvan Pavilion
When in Scottsbluff, visit the iconic Scotts Bluff National Monument, which spans for 3,000 acres, or head to the Chimney Rock National Historic Site to see the Chimney Rock, a remarkable, year-round attraction along the Oregon Trail.
At the peak of the state park experience is Mount Magazine, Arkansas’s highest point at 2,753 feet. People come for the sweeping views alone, but there is much to see and do from this unique spot. Mount Magazine State Park is a place of relaxation, exploration, nature study, and is within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. It is a destination for outdoor sports and extreme adventures with mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, and ATV riding. Mount Magazine is the state park system’s most dramatic location for technical rock climbing, and it’s one of only two parks to offer hang gliding launch areas. Scenic overlooks, hiking trails, picnic area, pavilion, and visitor center with gift shop add to the amenities. A wide variety of programs led by park interpreters highlights the mountain’s natural diversity.
The Lodge at Mount Magazine features 60 guest rooms, Skycrest Restaurant, a conference center, business center, heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and game room. From its setting on the mountain’s south bluff, the lodge offers breathtaking views of the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake in the distance. Its beautiful setting and first-class facilities make the lodge a top choice for romantic getaways, weddings, conferences, and corporate retreats. The conference space can be divided into three meeting rooms or opened up for banquet-style seating for up to 192 people. Skycrest Restaurant seats up to 125. Thirteen cabins share the same view as the lodge. Choose from one-, two-, and three-bedroom options with fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, and covered decks with outdoor hot tubs. There are also 18 campsites on the mountain (two Class AAA and 16 Class AA with tent-only options).
This hike begins at the popular Steel Creek Campground area along the Buffalo National River just outside of Ponca, Arkansas. You can park anywhere in the grass just to the left where the pavement turns into gravel at the bottom of the hillside. To reach the trailhead simply walk back up the road a little ways and you will see a BRT (Buffalo River Trail) trail marker on your left. Simply hop on this trail and begin to follow it. It will pass behind the horse camp and old ranger station as it begins to make its way up the hill. The trail will eventually dip down and follow alongside Steel Creek for a short ways before crossing the creek itself.
The trial is clearly marked by the white BRT trail markers. Once you reach this point the hike begins to climb uphill to the top of the bluff. Be sure you bring plenty of water as this part of the climb can get tiring on warmer days. Continue to follow the trail until you come to the overlook and be prepared to have your breath taken away! Here you find yourself standing approximately 450 feet above the river with a sweeping 180 degree view of the Buffalo River! In front of you running alongside Steel Creek Campground is Roark Bluff which is about 3/4 of a mile long. Find yourself a seat and watch as people float below you down the crystal clear waters of the buffalo. Once you've rested up and enjoyed the view, simply turn back and follow the trail the way you came in.
Just west of Arkansas’s capital city of Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain stands as the centerpiece of this geographically diverse state park. This day-use park offers a variety of outdoor adventures on the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers, in the Arkansas Arboretum, and along over 22 miles of trails including over 14 miles of challenging mountain bike trails. Hike to the top, explore the rivers or take in one of the many interpretive programs offered by park staff. Visit the park visitor center, enjoy a picnic, or reserve a pavilion for a larger gathering.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park is also certified as a Trails of Tears National Historic Site. The mountain witnessed the hardships faced by the removal parties of the Cherokees, as well as, Choctaws, Creeks, Seminoles, and Chickasaws.
The second-largest and northernmost national park in the U.S, with its 8.4 million acres located completely above the Arctic Circle. Its remoteness and lack of roads means it doesn't receive too many visitors, but those who do make it to the park are rewarded with some of the country’s most pristine mountain views, scenic rivers, and diverse wildlife, like wolverines, polar bears, and caribou.
Gets more than a half-million visitors a year, and it's easy to see why. The park is a wild and massive (we're talking 6 million acres) landscape of snowy amphitheaters, glaciers, ice caves, and mountains that would look right at home in the Himalayas. You can even climb Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. Just like Everest, though, it's a major undertaking, so know all the information before attempting.
If you want to see volcanoes, glaciers, and rainforests all in one place, just add Lake Clark National Park to your travel list. The lake's diverse ecosystem makes it a microcosm of what makes America's lakes so beautiful (think clear waters and tons of wildlife). As an added bonus, you're almost guaranteed to spot some foraging brown bears along the shore.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Alaska is home to more than 3 million lakes, but we have a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to Bear Lake. Located in the Kenai Fjords National Park, the site stands out for its massive glaciers, year-round water sports (kayaking, ice skating, dog mushing), and viewings of the Northern Lights from September through April.
Covering 3.3 million acres of mountains, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park sits in one of the world’s largest international protected areas. We can't think of many other places on earth where you can see crashing glaciers and breeching whales in the same day as temperate rainforests and mountain goats.
Katmai National Park Famous for its brown bear population, Katmai National Park and Preserve also features volcanic landscapes that could draw easy comparisons to Iceland. Make sure you take a detour to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, whose stark terrain makes for excellent photo ops.
Located in southern Arizona, this park has 2 sections on either side of the city of Tucson. The park is named for the large saguaro cactus, native to its desert environment. In the western Tucson Mountain District, Signal Hill Trail leads to petroglyphs of the ancient Hohokam people. In the eastern Rincon Mountain District, Cactus Forest Drive is a loop road with striking views of the desert landscape.Saguaro National Park is home to the giant saguaro, the country's largest cacti and universal symbol of the American west. Visit the park to see the iconic plants for yourself, all set to the backdrop of the magnificent Sonoran Desert (best enjoyed at sunset). In the eastern Rincon Mountain District, you can leave the crowds behind and explore the miles of backcountry trails with endless locations for setting up a private campsite. Alternatively, you could enjoy a more upscale and luxury stay at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa. If you want a resort with swimming pools, restaurants, and outdoor activities, and a close location to Saguaro West this is the place for you.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Arizona might be to start the day off with a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert. As you soar above the stunning landscape, you can take in the sights of the saguaro cacti and other desert flora and fauna.
After your hot air balloon ride, you can head to Sedona to explore the stunning red rock formations. You can hike to the top of one of the many trails and enjoy a picnic lunch with a view.
For your wedding outfits, you might want to go with something that is both comfortable and fitting for the desert setting. For the bride, a flowing white sundress and a flower crown would be a beautiful and romantic choice. The groom can wear a lightweight linen suit or pants and a button-down shirt.
In the evening, you can head to the historic Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff for your elopement ceremony. The hotel has a charming old-world atmosphere, and you can exchange your vows in front of a small group of family and friends.
After the ceremony, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves traditional Arizona cuisine. This might include dishes like southwestern grilled chicken, corn and bean salsa, and prickly pear cactus jelly.
To end the day on a musical note, you can head to a local music venue and listen to some live music from a local band. They might play a mix of country, folk, and blues music, which would be perfect for your adventurous elopement day in Arizona.
The Mojave Desert is a desert in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Southwestern United States. It is named for the indigenous Mojave people. It is located primarily in southeastern California and southwestern Nevada, with small portions extending into Arizona and Utah.
The Mojave Desert, together with the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Great Basin deserts, forms a larger North American Desert. Of these, the Mojave is the smallest and driest. The Mojave Desert displays typical basin and range topography, generally having a pattern of a series of parallel mountain ranges and valleys. It is also the site of Death Valley, which is the lowest elevation in North America. The Mojave Desert is often colloquially called the "high desert", as most of it lies between 2,000 and 4,000 feet (610 and 1,220 m). It supports a diversity of flora and fauna.
Start the day off with a hike to the top of Mount Tamalpais. As you make your way to the top, you can take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay Area.
After your hike, you can head to San Francisco City Hall for your elopement ceremony. The City Hall is a stunning Beaux-Arts building that features a grand rotunda, marble staircases, and stained glass windows.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in California might be to start the day off with a hang gliding adventure over the Pacific Ocean. As you soar above the coastline, you can take in the stunning views of the ocean and the beach below.
After your hang gliding adventure, you can head to Big Sur for your elopement ceremony. The rugged coastline of Big Sur offers the perfect backdrop for your vows, and you can exchange them on a secluded beach as the waves crash against the shore.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves California cuisine. This might include dishes like fresh seafood, locally-grown produce, and artisanal cheeses paired with a california wine.
Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself.
In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life thrives in Death Valley.
Home of America's first civilian spaceport and a nexus of transportation modes, Mojave offers room to grow, exciting vistas to see and a rich history to savor.
We are a dynamic, diverse community that hasn't lost the best in what being a ‘small town’ is all about.
So, no matter what has brought you to or through Mojave, we want you to feel welcome, and we’re eager to share our community, our services and our industry with you!
Welcome to the official website of Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs. Salvation Mountain is Leonard's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: "God Is Love." Leonard's passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord's Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner's Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of "Love" is everywhere at Salvation Mountain.
Dedicated in 1983, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a 68-acre resource-based park stretching along the Pacific Ocean bordering the western edge of Point Loma.
The 18-acre linear section of the park lies to the west of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Adair and Ladera streets.
The 50-acre hillside section, a designated multiple species conservation area, links to the 640-acre Point Loma Ecological Reserve beginning at the Navy property to the south.
The park's topography includes intricately carved coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves. It affords inspiring panoramic ocean views. From the cliffs, California gray whales often can be seen migrating annually from the Bering Sea to Baja California and back.
Fern Canyon is a canyon in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, California, western United States. The park is managed in cooperation with other nearby redwoods state parks and Redwood National Park. It is named for the ferns growing on the 50-foot (15 m) high walls, through which runs Home Creek. Fern Canyon is recognized as a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve
Channel Islands National Park comprises 5 ecologically rich islands off the Southern California coast. Anacapa Island has trails to a 1932 lighthouse and clifftop Inspiration Point. Santa Cruz Island’s many sea caves include the vast Painted Cave. Santa Rosa Island features rare Torrey pines. Thousands of seals gather at San Miguel Island’s Point Bennett. Southernmost Santa Barbara Island draws nesting seabirds
Kings Canyon National Park is adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the gigantic General Grant Tree in Grant Grove. To the east, Cedar Grove is surrounded by towering granite canyon walls. From here, trails lead to Zumwalt Meadow along the Kings River, and to Roaring River Falls. The park is home to rattlesnakes, bears and cougars.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is in northern California. It's rich in hydrothermal sites like Bumpass Hell, with its acres of bubbling mud pots. The summit of Lassen Peak Volcano offers views over the surrounding wilderness. Nearby, the Devastated Area is littered with lava rocks from its last eruption. A network of trails through forest and around several lakes connects with the Pacific Crest Trail in the north.
Pinnacles National Park is an American national park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, about five miles (8.0 km) east of Soledad and 80 miles (130 km) southeast of San Jose. The park's namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles (320 km) from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Pinnacles is managed by the National Park Service and the majority of the park is protected as wilderness.
The national park is divided by the rock formations into East and West Divisions, connected only by foot trails. The east side has shade and water, the west has high walls. The rock formations provide for spectacular pinnacles that attract rock climbers. The park features unusual talus caves that house at least 13 species of bats. Pinnacles is most often visited in spring or fall because of the intense heat during the summer. Park lands are prime habitat for prairie falcons, and are a release site for California condors that have been hatched in captivity.
Pinnacles was originally established as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and was redesignated as a national park in 2013.
Redwood National and State Parks are a string of protected forests, beaches and grasslands along Northern California’s coast. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park has trails through dense old-growth woods. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is home to Fern Canyon, with its high, plant-covered walls. Roosevelt elk frequent nearby Elk Prairie. Giant redwood clusters include Redwood National Park’s Lady Bird Johnson Grove.
Sequoia National Park is adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California's southern Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the General Sherman Tree dominating the Giant Forest. The underground Crystal Cave features streams and striking rock formations. Moro Rock is a granite dome offering sweeping park views. Nearby is the Tunnel Tree, a toppled tree cut to accommodate the road.
Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Florida might be to start the day off with a snorkeling trip in the Keys. As you explore the crystal-clear waters of the Keys, you can see a wide range of colorful fish and other marine life.
After your snorkeling trip, you can head to Key West for your elopement ceremony. The island offers beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect location for a relaxed and intimate elopement.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves Florida cuisine. This might include dishes like conch fritters, stone crab, and key lime pie.
Located on the southwestern tip of the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park is actually closer to Cuba than the U.S. and is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Once there, enjoy the views and history of the island and famous Fort Jefferson, whose military moat resembles an infinity pool at a luxury hotel.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Connecticut might be to start the day off with a hot air balloon ride over the Litchfield Hills. As you soar above the stunning landscape,, you can take in the sights of the rolling hills, forests, and farmlands.
After your hot air balloon ride, you can head to Kent Falls State Park for your elopement ceremony. The park offers beautiful views of the waterfall and the surrounding forest, and it is a popular spot for outdoor weddings.
Connecticut cuisine. This might include dishes like lobster rolls, clam chowder, and apple cider donuts.
A very popular place to visit in Connecticut among both locals and tourists alike, the historic seaport of Mystic is full of fantastic things to see and do, and its beautiful harbor really is picture-perfect.
Straddling the banks of the Mystic River, the town used to be one of the most important shipbuilding ports and whaling centers in the country – as such, wealth poured in from all around the US.
As a result, there is some lovely architecture nestled alongside its many waterways, with picturesque marinas full of yachts and boats also on show. Mystic’s rich maritime heritage really shines through wherever you go; its wonderful Seaport Museum is not only the most popular attraction in town, but the state at large. It is also well worth checking out the town’s fantastic aquarium and the majestic historic vessels that are tied up in port.
One specific reason why a couple might choose to elope in Delaware is the state's beautiful coastal setting. Delaware has miles of stunning beaches and coastal wetlands, offering the perfect setting for a romantic and adventurous elopement. The state's coastal parks and nature preserves, such as Cape Henlopen State Park and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, offer beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the dunes, making them ideal locations for outdoor weddings and elopements. Additionally, the state's coastal towns and cities, such as Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, offer a range of restaurants, shops, and hotels, making them great places for couples to celebrate their elopement with friends and family.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Delaware might be to start the day off with a kayaking trip down the Delaware Bay. As you paddle down the bay, you can take in the stunning views of the coastal wetlands and the wildlife that call the area home.
After your kayaking trip, you can head to Cape Henlopen State Park for your elopement ceremony. The park offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the dunes, and it is a popular spot for outdoor weddings.
Situated on a thin strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay, Dewey Beach is a popular place to enjoy some watersports. The small sandbar community is also known for its vibrant nightlife and live music scene in the summer months.
Besides offering great skimboarding and wakeboarding, the tiny town has lovely wide, sandy beaches to lounge on, with swimming and surfing to be enjoyed offshore. Many people go jet-skiing around the bay, while visitors who go catamaran sailing may even catch a glimpse of dolphins.
Despite its small size, Dewey Beach comes alive in the summer months. Then its restaurants and bars are packed and famous acts and bands play around town. At this time of year, its cosy cottages and condominiums are usually full of partygoers come to enjoy the live music, and families intent on making the most of its broad beach and fun watersports.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Georgia might be to start the day off with a zip-lining adventure in the North Georgia Mountains. As you zip through the trees, you can take in the stunning views of the forests and mountains.
After your zip-lining adventure, you can head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for your elopement ceremony. The garden offers beautiful gardens and a conservatory, and it is a popular spot for outdoor weddings.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves Georgia cuisine. This might include dishes like fried green tomatoes, boiled peanuts, and peach cobbler.
Callaway Gardens is an expansive resort located in the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Pine Mountain that is a perfect spot to relax and commune with nature. More than 750,000 people visit the gardens each year.
The resort features a spa, lakes, a butterfly habitat, golf courses and the John Sibley Horticultural Center. Trails are available for hiking and biking. A 10-mile (16 km) trail known as the Discovery Bike Trail takes guests through the gardens. Within the grounds is Robin Lake Beach, the biggest man-made white sand beach in the world.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Idaho might be to start the day off with a white water rafting trip down the Salmon River. As you navigate the rapids, you can take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests.
After your rafting trip, you can head to the Nez Perce National Historical Park for your elopement ceremony. The park offers beautiful views of the mountains and forests, and it is a popular spot for outdoor weddings.
For your wedding outfits, you might want to go with something that is comfortable and fitting for the outdoor setting. For the bride, a traditional Nez Perce dress called a "thlatsina" would be a beautiful and cultural choice. The thlatsina is a long, flowing dress with intricate beadwork and fringe, and it is typically worn with a beaded headband and moccasins. The groom can wear a traditional Nez Perce shirt and pants, along with a beaded belt and moccasins.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves Idaho cuisine. This might include dishes like bison burgers, huckleberry jam, and potato leek soup.
America’s most loved park, Yellowstone, is not only America’ first national park, but the first national park in the world. It’s a wonderful place to visit, with spectacular scenery and plenty of geothermal activity (don’t miss seeing Old Faithful erupt).
It’s also a good place to see wild animals in their native habitat – buffalo rule here, so don’t be surprised if you get stuck in traffic caused by a buffalo sauntering down the road. Remember, these animals are wild, so keep your distance. Yellowstone is located mostly in Wyoming; only one percent of the park is in Idaho.
One idea for a couples adventurous elopement day in Hawaii might be to start the day off with a surfing lesson in Waikiki. As you learn to ride the waves, you can take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding landscape.
After your surfing lesson, you can head to a traditional Hawaiian hale (house) for your elopement ceremony. The hale offers a unique and intimate setting for your vows, and you can exchange them in front of a small group of family and friends.
For your wedding outfits, you might want to go with something that is comfortable and fitting for the beach setting. For the bride, a traditional Hawaiian wedding dress called a "holoku" would be a beautiful and cultural choice. The holoku is a flowing white gown with a high neckline and long sleeves, and it is typically worn with a flower lei and a crown of tropical flowers. The groom can wear a traditional Hawaiian shirt called a "aloha shirt" and a pair of shorts.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant that serves Hawaiian cuisine. This might include dishes like kalua pork, poke, and poi.
To end the day on a cultural note, you can head to a local music venue and listen to some live music from a Hawaiian band. They might play traditional Hawaiian music and hula dance, which would be perfect for your adventurous elopement day in Hawaii.
Located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, National Park of American Samoa is one of the most remote national parks in the U.S. (Americans can still get there without a passport, though.) Instead of log cabins and campgrounds, expect to see coral-colored sand beaches, secluded villages, tropical rainforests, and wildlife ranging from fruit bats to humpback whales.
This location offers panoramic views of the island and the ocean from an elevation of 10,023 feet. It's unique for its unique and otherworldly landscapes, which are a result of the volcano's last eruption more than 200 years ago. Getting there is an adventure on its own, with a steep road that winds its way up to the summit, and the sunrise view is famous and breathtaking from the summit.
This remote and secluded valley is located on the northern coast of the island and is known for its black sand beach and cascading waterfalls. It's a unique place to elope because of the valley's natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. You can hike along the valley's rivers and streams, explore the lush rainforest, or simply relax on the beach.
This 17-mile stretch of coastline is characterized by its steep cliffs, lush green valleys, and pristine beaches. It's a unique place to elope because of its rugged natural beauty, which can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. The shoreline provides many options for an intimate ceremony with a stunning view.
The park features a diverse landscapes including the active volcano, hiking trails, and the the Thurston Lava Tube. The park is unique in that you can witness active volcanic activity and the landscapes formed by it, which makes it a one of a kind place for a wedding ceremony.
The summit of Maunakea is unique because it's one of the best places in the world for observing the night sky, it's also a sacred site for many native hawaiian culture. The summit offers a stunning view of the sunset and the night sky, and it's a great location for stargazing.
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