The Best Places to Elope

General, Inspiration,
4 min read Feb 19, 2018

Updated 05/13/2024

Picture this: stunning scenery, an intimate gathering, a customized ceremony—all for a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding. Nowadays, elopement isn’t just for runaway couples, but rather a chance to simplify the ceremony with the people who matter most.

Of course, you’ll need a venue. But when we talk about “venues” for elopement, we don’t just mean your typical brick-and-mortar structures. The freedom of an elopement ceremony is that it can take place anywhere, from a woodland clearing to a lakeside pier.

Why Elope?

Elopement is becoming more and more popular as a modern wedding option without any of the hassle. Here are some of our favorite perks of eloping:

  • Stress-free – Say goodbye to months of stressful planning. When you elope, less is more.
  • Affordable – The average cost of a wedding in the US is a whopping $33,000, and depending on the state, up to $47,000.1 If you want to tie the knot without breaking the bank, Simply Eloped is for you—we have inclusive packages starting at just $850.
  • Personalized – An elopement ceremony keeps your magical day all about you, not a lengthy guest list, decked-out venue, or blowout reception.

One of the only plans you’ll make is choosing the perfect location for your partnership. Here are some of the best places to elope across the U.S.

Mountain and Forest Destinations

Verdant forests, alpine lakes, soaring peaks—what’s not to love? These woodsy, adventure elopement spots are nestled in vast mountain ranges for the best of both worlds.

1. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Alisha Light Photography

Just a stone’s throw from Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park is a remarkable mountainous region featuring over 150 lakes, 350 miles of trails, and 450 miles of rivers and streams. Browse our Colorado elopement packages to discover the majestic 3M Curve, Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, and more.

2. Bogus Basin, Idaho


Tucked in the Boise National Forest a short drive from the capital city, Bogus Basin is a true hidden gem. From epic ski trails in the winter to vibrant wildflower fields in the spring, this Boise elopement location is perfect for any season.

3. Lake Tahoe

Straddling both Nevada and northern California, Lake Tahoe boasts secluded forest clearings, mountainous skylines, and clear turquoise water. Adventurers will love the chance to incorporate a hike, swim, or other activity into their special day.

Desert Destinations

The wide-open skies, striking reds and oranges, and panoramic views of the desert make for an unforgettable ceremony and incredible wedding photos. Here are two of our favorite hidden gems.

4. Moab, Utah

Looking for a Utah elopement? Bursting with red rock formations and breathtaking desert sunsets, Moab is the best place for a dreamy desert elopement. Between Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, the backdrop in Moab is nothing short of remarkable.

5. Valley of Fire, Nevada

Escape the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas at nearby Valley of Fire. This state park features Aztec red rock formations and natural springs amidst the sandstone mountains.

Beach Destinations

There is something timelessly romantic about lapping waves and waterfront sunsets. Say “I do” with sand between your toes at one of these coastal settings.

6. Tybee Island, Savannah

Jess Curtis

Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, picturesque Tybee Island is home to white sand beaches, a historic lighthouse, and bright blue water. The charming town is the best place for a post-ceremony celebration.

7. Maui, Hawaii

Have you always dreamt of getting married in paradise? Consider eloping in Maui, a tropical oasis full of coves, beaches, and gardens for a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.

8. Big Sur, California

Big Sur elopement

This central California region is known for iconic redwood forests and seaside cliffs, with backdrops as beautiful as your love story.

Urban Greenery

Getting married in the city doesn’t mean losing the charm of a getaway elopement. From sprawling parks to historic buildings, cities can have some of the best elopement locations, plus convenient travel options for out-of-town guests. Whether it’s a botanical garden or a vibrant park, you can’t go wrong with a venue that features greenery.

9. New York City: Central Park and More

Gianna Leo Falcon

Combining an urban feel with lush greenery, Big Apple elopement locations are elegant, chic, and ever-iconic. Enjoy the tranquility of Central Park, with options like the Shakespeare Garden, North Woods, and Bethesda Terrace. Our New York elopement packages also include Coney Island, Prospect Park (minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge), and numerous rooftop lounges.

10. City Park, New Orleans

There’s nothing quite like the allure of the South for an elopement. Fusing historical charm with modern amenities, City Park is a 1,300-acre green space featuring an elopement-ready botanical garden, greenhouse, peristyle, and pavilion.2

11. Balboa Park, San Diego

Located in downtown San Diego, this park boasts 16 museums, 10 performance spaces, 19 gardens, and countless walking trails—all scenic spots for a ceremony. Plus, many places in Balboa Park don’t require a permit!

12. City Hall, San Francisco


San Francisco’s City Hall is an iconic building in northern California that boasts ornate architecture and glamorous style. The venue offers the perfect balance of ease and elegance for your San Francisco elopement.

Plan a Dream Elopement with Simply Eloped

Whether you want a destination elopement or a home-state ceremony, the stellar team at Simply Eloped has you covered with unique elopement packages. With over 13,000 elopement ceremonies under our belts, we have the experience and dedication to bring your vision to life.

Don’t see the exact elopement location you want, or already have a personal venue in mind? We can help—contact us today!

Let’s plan your stress-free elopement. Start today!


  1. Forbes. Average Wedding Cost: How Much Should You Budget For Your Big Day?
  2. New Orleans City Park. Private & Corporate Events.
General Inspiration
Written by Karen Norian

Karen Norian is an elopement photographer and has photographed over a hundred elopements. Karen has also worked as an elopement planner for Simply Eloped. She's been quoted in the New York Times, Brides, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Yahoo, and more.