Best Places to Elope in Washington
Thinking about eloping in Washington? Are you from out of state or can’t decide which national park, state park, or national forest would best suit your elopement? I get it! The Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington, truly does have endless locations for you and your honey to say “I do,” elopement style! One of the reasons I love being an adventure elopement photographer is helping my couples find the perfect location for their elopement. Below, I have outlined the best places to elope in Washington, including photos (lol, obviously) and links to sessions I have done in these areas!
Mount Rainier National Park
Standing at 14,411 feet, Mount Rainier is guaranteed to give you the perfect backdrop for your elopement. This national park offers giant douglas firs (my favorite type of pine trees!), waterfalls, wildflower meadows, fire lookouts, alpine lakes, views of the Tatoosh Range that surrounds Mount Rainier, and, of course, Mount Rainier herself.
Why Elope at Mount Rainier National Park?
Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington and the entire Pacific Northwest. With stunning viewpoints as you drive up to Paradise, this park has something for everyone. Whether you are hoping for a quick out-and-back hike for your elopement or a multi-day backpacking trip elopement, Mount Rainier National Park has endless trails waiting for you to tie the knot. And don't worry, I have trail recommendations in my back pocket that I am ready to share with you for your own elopement!
Mount Rainier Elopements and Adventures
North Cascades National Park
Known as the Alps of America, it is no surprise that this is one of my top choices for the list of best places to elope in Washington. The North Cascades are truly the underdog that always wins in my book. With jagged peaks, snow capped mountains, and alpine lakes that are only accessible by hiking, the North Cascades are truly my mountain crush.
Why Elope at North Cascades National Park?
Did you know North Cascades National Park is one of the least-visited national parks in the nation? This means you just might get an entire mountain to yourself for your elopement! With remote trails that few know about, the North Cascades hold some of my favorite spots in Washington that are just waiting for you to elope on.
North Cascades National Park Elopements and Adventures
Come adventure with me to the North Cascades! Click here for an epic sunset adventure session or explore the photos below from recent adventure elopements in the North Cascades.
Just like the North Cascades, eastern Washington is totally underrated until you discover all the epic locations it offers. Western Washington is known for is moody, overcast skies. Contrastingly, eastern Washington is known year-round sunshine, making it the perfect location for an epic sunset during your elopement at any time of year.
Why Elopement in Eastern Washington?
If the jagged mountains and old growth pines are not your ideal location for you elopement, then eastern Washington is the place for you. With tall grass prairies, ponderosa pines, rocky hills, epic waterfalls, and sunsets that light up the sky, eastern Washington is the perfect spot for your elopement.
Eastern Washington Elopements and Adventures
Does the idea of tall grass prairies and a high desert feel sound like your dream elopement location? Click here to explore an eastern Washington elopement at Palouse Falls.
The Washington Coast
With rugged beaches and massive rocks emerging out from the ocean, the Washington coast is hands down one of the best places to elope in Washington. With most beaches right off of Highway 101, these beaches can be easily accessed and some even offer camping opportunities!
Why Elope on the Washington Coast?
The Washington Coast offers beaches for all skill levels who are wanting to elope. Whether you are hoping to backpack in and sleep on the beach, or simply drive up to a stunning rocky beach, the Washington coast offers it all. And one of the best parts? A handful of beaches are right next to Olympic National Park, which is the home of the Hoh Rain Forest and Mount Olympus.
Washington Coast Elopements and Adventures
If the moody Washington coast and Olympic Peninsula sounds like the perfect spot to elope for you, then check out this Olympic Peninsula wedding!
Snoqualmie National Forest
I may be biased since the Snoqualmie National Forest is right in my backyard, but this national forest is such a PNW gem. With waterfalls, alpine lakes of turquoise water, and forest service roads that lead to remote trailheads, there are endless locations to choose from. And the best part? Dogs are allowed in almost every part of this national forest. I know: best news ever!
Why Elope in Snoqualmie National Forest?
Less than a one hour drive from Seattle, Snoqualmie National Forest is easily accessible year-round. With forest floors covered in ferns and adorable A-frame cabins for rent, this national forest has something for everyone. If you are dreaming up a one-day elopement, you can stay at this lodge in the mountains (the spa is the real MVP, if I do say so myself!). Or if camping is more of your style, my favorite campground is the perfect spot to roast celebratory s’mores. Want to learn more about specific places in the Snoqualmie National Forest? Click here to read my post on the top places to elope in this forest!
Snoqualmie National Forest Elopements and Adventures
Adventures in the Snoqualmie National Forest:
There you have it; the best places to elope in Washington! From mountain peaks to the rugged coast, I will be right there will you documenting your own adventure elopement. Ready to start planning? Click here to start the adventure!
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Between the Pine is an adventure elopement and wedding photography brand created by Mollie Adams. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mollie travels with her camera in hand to document “I dos” in epic landscapes including Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii.