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The Best Places to Elope

The Best Places to Elope

Elopements are on the rise, and it’s not hard to see why: allowing your wedding day to be an intimate affair with the focus on you and your partner rather than all of the details a traditional wedding day involves is reason enough to reconsider your big day. Choosing to elope also means planning a day in a location that’s significant to you, whether that’s somewhere local or halfway around the world. If you’ve decided that eloping is right for you, the next question to ask yourself is, “What are the best places to elope?” Between beautiful coastal shores, towering mountains, and sprawling cities, finding the perfect place to elope really depends on what it is you’re looking for. Fret not – we’ve rounded up our top picks for the best places to elope in the U.S.!

Whether you dream of eloping on a mountaintop with only an officiant and photographer in tow or having a destination elopement somewhere on a beachfront paradise, your wedding day is all about you and your partner and that means you get to celebrate however you want to.

We’ve helped thousands of couples tie the knot in beautiful locations all over the nation, from the beaches of Hawaii to the mountains of North Carolina to the skyscrapers of New York City. And now, we can’t wait to show you some of the most beautiful places to elope for your big day:

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Central Park, New York City

Bogus Basin, Idaho

Moab, Utah

City Park, New Orleans

Tybee Island, Savannah

City Hall, San Francisco

Balboa Park, San Diego

Maui, Hawaii

Las Vegas, Nevada

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Colorado is one of the most spectacular mountainous regions in the nation and makes for an incredible place to elope. About 70 miles from Denver sits Rocky Mountain National Park — a stunning wilderness area boasting 150 lakes, 350 miles of trails, and 450 miles of rivers and streams. Couples seeking the beauty of the Western wilderness have endless options here with the most pristine views you could ever dream of: dazzling alpine lakes, sweeping mountains, and pine forests that offer up a lengthy list for the quintessential Colorado elopement experience. We particularly love Silver Dollar Lake, Lake Isabelle, Sapphire Point, and 3M Curve.

Alisha Light Photography

Eliza Niforatos

The Drawhorns

Moab, Utah

The small city of Moab is the gateway to the otherworldly red rock formations and massive mesas of the southern desert. Two national parks are just beyond Moab — Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. A beautiful hike will lead to massive arches and formations, which create an unbelievable background for a ceremony and the ultimate space for a Utah elopement. It’s a truly remarkable place to elope, as the red rocks and desert landscape make for dazzling wedding photos.

City Park, New Orleans

If you’re seeking a place to elope that’s both charming and brimming with history, City Park in New Orleans is the perfect location. With a 1,300-acre oasis full of centuries-old oak trees, a fragrant rose garden, lakes, a stunning greenhouse, and historic sculptures, you won’t run out of picturesque backdrops. The park’s Langles Bridge also makes for an amazing backdrop to exchange vows. Follow up your ceremony with a photo session and a stroll through the greenhouse. Nature lovers and green thumbs alike will feel right at home in this romantic location.

Tia Bilinsky

Ashley Kristen Photo

Ashley Kristen Photo

Tybee Island

If you’re looking to elope in Savannah, you may want to consider Tybee Island, a romantic nautical setting located just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah. The island has clean white sand beaches, and the historic Tybee Lighthouse – what was once the tallest structure in America – looks out over the shore. Tybee Island offers the seclusion of the seashore and small-town charm, all in one beautiful location. Plus, the sunsets here are reason enough to have a beautiful beach ceremony. 

Karen Norian Photography

Jess Curtis

Karen Norian Photography

City Hall, San Francisco

San Francisco’s City Hall is an absolutely gorgeous building with ornate architecture and glamorous style, and is an iconic spot to hold your San Francisco elopement. It’s a venue that offers the perfect balance of ease and elegance, and it’s home to so many beautiful spaces to hold a ceremony, like the building’s beautiful entrance, the Hall’s massive marble and sandstone Grand Staircase, and the sunny and spacious Rotunda on the second floor.

Melati-Citrawireja

Melati-Citrawireja

Melati-Citrawireja

Bogus Basin, Idaho

You may not know about this hidden gem, but believe us when we say that having your Idaho elopement here will look straight out of a fairytale. In the spring, the Arrowleaf Balsamroot wildflowers set Boise’s wild rolling foothills ablaze with bright pops of yellow and green. With more than 190 miles of trails, you can hike, walk, mountain bike or drive your way to your ceremony location and say, “I do” just as the high-desert sun is setting, with panoramic views that you won’t forget anytime soon. And, as it’s just a half hour outside of Boise, you can get the best of both worlds and explore this artsy, urban mountain town.

Susanna-Grant

Susanna-Grant

Bryan Rupp

Balboa Park, San Diego

Located in the heart of San Diego, California, this 1,200-acre park is full of culture and character, with activities that really pack a punch. Within Balboa Park, there are 16 museums, 10 performing arts spaces, 19 gardens, multiple walking trails and the San Diego Zoo – talk about a list of potential spots for your San Diego elopement. There are several places within the park that are perfect for an elopement and don’t require a permit. You can’t go wrong with Balboa Park’s beautiful landscape and San Diego’s sunny weather.

Central Park, New York City

Eloping in bustling New York City is as exciting as it is beautiful, and Central Park is an iconic place to tie the knot. With over 800 acres of land, Central Park has no shortage of locations for the quintessential New York City elopement. Both Treehouse for Dreaming and Wagner Cove offer dreamy, private gazebos that will make you feel miles away from any city; Bethesda Terrace is the perfect place if you’re looking for a crowd of onlookers to cheer and applaud, as is historic Bow Bridge. Whether you want to feel miles away from civilization or smack in the middle of city passersby, Central Park has it all. 

Gianna Leo Falcon

Gianna Leo Falcon

Gianna Leo Falcon

Maui, Hawaii

Paradise becomes reality for anyone who chooses to elope in Maui. The second largest of the Hawaiian islands, it’s home to valleys, volcanos, lush tropical forests, and mesmerizing beaches – all just waiting to be explored for your big day. We’re particularly fond of Makena Cove, a small secret “cave” that is an iconic backdrop for a Hawaiian elopement. Located right at the tip of Wailea, you’ll have unbeatable views and some of the most magical sunsets you’ve ever dreamed of. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

A Las Vegas elopement doesn’t necessarily mean getting hitched on the Vegas Strip by Elvis. By venturing just outside of Sin City, you’ll find yourself dazzled by the boundless desert nature that this state has to offer: mountains, Aztec red rock formations, and natural springs are all on the menu here. We love Valley of Fire, which is home to 40,000 acres filled with incredible red sandstone mountains and limestone rock formations, making it an otherworldly spot to tie the knot.

Interested in eloping in one of these magical spots? Drop us a line!

Article written by
Karen Norian is a writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has been featured in many publications, including INSIDER, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Elite Daily. Her work as a wedding photographer has led her to Simply Eloped, where she has been working since early 2019.
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