YOUR US ELOPEMENT – TIPS & INFOS

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ELOPING TO USA

America the Beautiful.

With 423 national parks spread out all over its 51 states, North America is undoubtedly the most beautiful country with its diverse topography and naturally endless scenic surprises. This makes the United States the world leader even in adventure weddings that started the elopement trend. If you’re from this country, you need not go far, just choose a different state for a fresh, exciting backdrop to your wedding fantasy. If you come from overseas, America is a standout pick – from canyon to coast to convenience, it’s all here.

But where in the great wide US of A? The key factor is the season. The summer months are an instant hit almost wherever in the country, just avoid areas where there could be excessive heat. Spring promises new beginnings but it can be tricky in some areas where you have to deal with slush, rain and pollen. The mountains are gorgeous during the fall, so are the beaches when there are less people on vacation. The winter is gorgeous and majestic with ice-capped landscapes to complement your elopement dreams. While choosing the season helps to narrow down your choice of destination, there is really no bad season in the US because of the many regions that are great adventure wedding locations. 

Let’s start with a few suggestions (states in alphabetical order)

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ALASKA

Want to get married in one of the most ruggedly beautiful places in America? Go for a surreal winter wonderland wedding adventure in Alaska! With its awesome national parks, there’s always an interesting topography that will capture your imagination. You can get married on a glacier, on a snowboard or perhaps on a helicopter flight seeing the icy mountain tops. You can go classic or casual in Alaska’s magnificent luxurious hotels to its minimalist A-frame cabins and make your elopement a memory worth keeping.

  • Denali National Park
  • Chugach State Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park 
  • Glacier Bay National Park
View of Alaska Denali National Park - perfect elopement location
photo by Unsplash Barth Bailey

ARIZONA

If a boho desert elopement is what you have in mind, Arizona is an instant favorite. Filled with natural wonders from open deserts to deep canyons, there are just so many interesting cliffs and corners to explore. Arizona also has charming urban centers, historic mining ghost towns and cliff dwellings of ancient American culture. It has over 30 state and 23 national parks that choosing the perfect elopement destination could be such a challenge because you would want to visit them all!

  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Sedona
  • Monument Valley
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Glen Canyon 
  • Havasu Falls 
Horseshoe bend in Arizona - perfect location for eloping
photo by Unsplash Gert Boers

CALIFORNIA

You can never go wrong in picking the Golden State for your elopement. Beautiful at whatever time of the year, it has something to offer to everyone. With the most pleasant weather all year round, you wouldn’t miss California’s glamour and grandeur. Go chasing sunsets along its palm-lined lanes and beaches, where the blue waters meet white caps crashing in between jagged green cliffs. Exchange vows perched on top of a picturesque cliff or down at the gorgeous beach below, best on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

  • Redwood National Forest
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Big Sur
  • Mammoth Lakes

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