the best places to elope in the United States

an elopement expert’s Guide to the Most Beautiful Elopement Locations in the USA

Where to elope in the UNited States?

The U.S. is a vast, beautiful country with endless options for beautiful places to elope. But the problem with that? There are TOO many places to choose from! Narrowing down the best places to elope in the U.S. can seem like a daunting task but I’m here to simplify the process for you, give you some things to think about, and hopefully inspire you a little along the way!

Why you should trust me

Hi! I’m Jen Dz!

I’m an elopement photographer and planner based out of beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I help adventurous couples plan not-getting-married-by-Elvis-in-Vegas elopements throughout Colorado and the U.S.

A Quick NOte about my biases:

You will notice that the vast majority of these locations are in the West – that’s because this is the place where I’ve lived, worked, and played for the last 17 years. I’ll admit that I’m partial to wild places and big, sweeping landscapes, which is what brought me out West to begin with!

Some of these locations are places that I have photographed elopements in dozens of times. Others are ones that I’ve visited and KNOW would be epic elopement spots (and am dying to photograph an elopement in … hint hint!).

Trust me when I say I live and breathe this stuff and want nothing more than to help you get married in the most beautiful place you can imagine, wherever that may be!

But …. where do I even start?

how to choose the best elopement location in the U.S.

Deciding where to elope is an incredibly personal decision and depends on MANY factors. The biggest things I tell my couples to consider are:

1. The type of scenery you want

2. consider when you want to elope

3. how will you be getting to this location?

4. How easy is it to get married in this state?

5. YOur budget

Feeling overwhelmed?

If you’ve made it this far and are already feeling overwhelmed, I get it and I’m here to help! Few things make me happier than helping confused couples demystify the elopement experience and have the day of their dreams. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m kind of an expert in these things!

I promise that within an hour or talking you’ll have a MUCH more clear picture of how you want this day to go. And you’ll feel more excited and less stressed. And that’s what I want for you!

the best places to elope in the U.S.A.

Here it is! Based on almost a decade of experience planning and photographing adventure elopements through the U.S., here are my favorite locations! Some of these are places I have planned and photographed dozens of elopements. Some are places that I have visited and researched and know would be epic. All of them are awesome.

Telluride, Colorado

Closest Airports: Denver (6 hours), Grand Junction (2.5 hours), Durango (2.5 hours), Telluride (0 hours!)

Telluride and it’s surrounding mountains are, hands down, one of the most beautiful places in Colorado and probably the location I get requested the most. And there is a REALLY good reason for it. This area is drop dead gorgeous and has all the amenities you need for a laid-back, mountain lux elopement.

Olympic National Park, washington

Closest Airports: Seattle (2.5 hours)

I photographed my first elopement in Olympic National Park in 2023 and have been low-key obsessed with it ever sense. If there is a more perfect place to elope for folks who love nature (and a huge variety in their nature!), I don’t know what it is. From mossy rainforests to rugged beaches and everything in between, ONP is just perfect.

Sedona, Arizona

Closest Airports: Phoenix (2 hours)

If there is a more perfect spot for a desert elopement than Sedona, I don’t know what it is. Red rocks, green trees, light snow in the winter, a bustling town, and not-too-far-away airport make Sedona one of the best places to elope in the U.S. This place is surrounded by public land, meaning that your options for killer views are endless. Sedona also has a wide range of lodging and restaurant options for all budgets and levels of bougie-ness.

crested butte, colorado

Closest Airports: Denver (4 hours)

The only thing I don’t love about Crested Butte is that I don’t live there. “CB” as it’s known to the locals is the most perfect little mountain town you’ve ever seen, surrounded by miles and miles of idyllic Colorado wilderness. CB is the self-proclaimed wildflower capital of Colorado and also boasts awesome hiking, world class mountain biking, waterfalls, and so much more.

North cascades, washington

Closest Airports: Seattle (3 hours)

Having lived in Colorado for a really long time, I’m kind of a mountain snob. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that some of the most beautiful mountains in the US are NOT in Colorado (the shame! lol!). The North Cascades – which includes North Cascades National Park as well as Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Artist Point are just STUNNING. Hands down some of the most beautiful mountains in the U.S. and a perfect place for your elopement!

seward, Alaska

Closest Airports: Anchorage (2.5 hours)

If are looking for a mountains-meet-ocean vibe and love wildlife, Seward is for you! I will never forget photographing a vow renewal there with bald eagles flying overhead and ACTUAL WHALES breaching in the background. It was straight out of a fairytale. Midnight sun also means tons and tons of that low angle, glorious light for photos. Seward is perfect.

moab, utah

Closest Airports: Grand Junction, CO (2 hours), Salt Lake City (4 hours)

Moab is my happy place! This little desert town is known for it’s opportunities for adventure and STUNNING red rock scenery! Between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, and (best of all), miles and miles and MILES of public land, Moab is an ideal place for an adventurous elopement!

silverton, colorado

Closest Airports: Durango (45 minutes), Denver (6 hours)

Silverton is one of my absolute FAVORITE places in Colorado for elopements. It’s not the easiest place to get to because it’s so far from a big city, but it’s totally worth the trip. The historic

Bride and groom walk through sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park elopement in Colorado

great sand dunes national park, Colorado

Closest Airports: Denver (3.5 hours)

Great Sand Dunes National Park is a hidden gem and one of my favorite places to photograph elopements. It is stunningly otherworldly and, best of all, dog friendly! If you want an desert-vibes elopement but don’t want an officiant and want your dog to be able to sign your marriage license with it’s paw? This is for you!

Columbia river gorge, ORegon

Closest Airports: Portland (20 minutes)

If you love epic, Iceland-style waterfalls but don’t want to leave the US to get them, the Columbia River Gorge is for you! This area is super easy to access from Portland, making it perfect for a couple who wants an urban-meets-nature elopement. It could also be combined with the stunningly beautiful Oregon Coast (2 hours away) for a beaches-and-forests vibe.

RUby Beach, Washington

Closest Airports: Seattle (3 hours)

Yes, Ruby Beach is part of Olympic National Park, which we’ve already talked about here, but it gets a special mention for being, not only stunningly beautiful, but also dog friendly! This beach (along with the others along the Olympic Peninsula) are stunningly moody with their big sea stacks, crashing waves, and unpredictable weather. If you like moody beach vibes, this is it!!

on a glacier in alaska


For those who want to go big or go home, it doesn’t get much better than helicoptering to a glacier surrounded by bright blue water and getting married on ice that is hundreds of years old!

Confession: This isn’t one I’ve done yet but I’m dyyyyyying to! This photos is from a heli hike I did in New Zealand and strangers-turned-friends who let me photograph them!

Bride and groom saying vows on top of mountain at sunset at Twin Lakes Colorado elopement

twin lakes, colorado

Closest Airport: Denver (2.5 hours)

Twin Lakes is one of my favorite spots in Colorado for couples who don’t want to travel too far from the airport. This area gives you access to SO much gorgeous mountain scenery – whether you want to hike or not. From waterfalls to caves to rivers to mountaintops, Twin Lakes is pretty dang perfect.

Need some help planning your elopement?

I’m so glad you’re here!

Helping excited (and often confused) couples just like you plan elopements throughout Colorado and the west is exactly what I do! I’ve been an elopement photographer and planner for almost a decade now and have helped hundreds of happy folks have their best damn day ever, in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.

What I do is about a lot more than photos. I’m also here to:

  • Help you choose your perfect location
  • Connect you with likeminded, elopement-friendly vendors
  • Come up with activity ideas to make your day special
  • Help you find unique lodging in your location
  • Come up with a timeline to maximize the photos while keeping things super chill
  • Document it all beautifully
  • Make sure you’re having a hell of a good time!