Arches National Park
I visited Utah for the first time in 2018 and was immediately taken by the landscape. That’s why I have it kicking on my list of amazing elopement locations. I love all the oranges and reds of the sandstone, and the pops of green from the juniper and sage brush. If you’re a lover of color, warmth, and unique landscapes, you can’t beat Arches National Park.
Beautiful spots are easily reached on foot. The park entrance is a simple drive from Moab.
Moab, the nearest city to Arches, is full of accommodations and incredible restaurants. Utah has several other National Parks if you’re looking to explore before or after the big day.
Spring Ranch Mendocino
Coming in at number two on amazing elopement locations, Spring Ranch in Mendocino, CA. The Spring Ranch website describes its landscape best: “Towering Eucalyptus trees, sun-drenched meadows, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean offer peaceful natural landscapes and ocean-scapes”
Spring Ranch in Mendocino truly has it all. This one is for those who can’t decide between a woodsy or coastal elopement/wedding. Here, you get both.
Fly into San Francisco and take a scenic drive up the Coast Highway to Mendocino.
The Adirondack region in Upstate New York has all the misty, woodsy vibes you crave. If you’re down to throw on some hiking boots, it provides some gorgeous vistas, too.
Adirondack Park is huge. It’s greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon Parks combined. It’s graced with lakes, old growth forests, mountains and meadows.
With that in mind, picking exact location could be daunting, but that’s where I come in. I’m happy to scout and come up with options for you.
I had my own engagement photos taken here, so the region holds a special place in my heart. It was a must on my amazing elopement locations list. Maybe selfishly, so I can go back :).
Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
I don’t even know where to start. The overlook at Glacier Point in Yosemite is simply breathtaking. It’s also ridiculously easy to get to.
Ridiculously easy meaning, it a short walk from the parking lot. The drive up the mountain is long and windy, but so, so beautiful. After your short walk you’re greeted with this spectacular view.
Ideally, you’ll want your elopement to take place during sunrise or sunset. If this is the view and type of light you want (photo above), schedule for sunset. The sun will rise behind Half Dome during sunrise.
This view point gets busy, so I’d recommend a weekday or off season day.
I’ll be adding to this list periodically. So be sure to check back for new locations.