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Best Places to Elope in Washington

Updated: Sep 14

Washington is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world and I'm so proud to call it my home state. The state has so much to offer, from rugged coastal beaches, waterfalls, enormous volcanoes, rain forests, glaciers, stunning mountain ranges, and gorgeous alpine lakes. Washington has endless trails to explore, and loads of hidden gems to discover. If you want to plan a totally rad adventure for the day you get married- Washington is definitely the place for you.

1. Mount Baker Wilderness and North Cascades National Park

The Mount Baker Wilderness and North Cascades National Park is hands down one of my favorite places to explore in the entire world. The North Cascades is one of the least visited parks in the U.S., making it the ultimate destination for those seeking remoteness and the opportunity to truly be one with nature. Mount Baker is perfect for adventure enthusiasts and for those with a deep love of the outdoors.

With seemingly endless miles of trails to hike, you won't easily run out of places to explore. Featuring rugged mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, countless alpine lakes, and the absolutely stunning Mount Baker, this is the perfect place to say your vows.

2. Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is so incredibly diverse, containing stunning mountain ranges, rugged beaches, and even a rain forest! If you want multiple different sceneries during your adventure elopement, this is the place for you. The remote beaches feature enormous sea stacks in the ocean, dramatic cliffs, and driftwood strewn across the beaches. The mountain ranges offer stunning views, and even more beautiful sunrises. The rain forest is an enchanted paradise with it's moss covered trees, ferns, and a never-ending sea of lush greenery. Full of hidden gems to discover, Olympic National Park is a fantastic place to say your vows at.

3. Mount Rainier National Park

Arguably the most famous mountain in the state, Mount Rainier stands at a stunning 14,411 feet tall. Adventure enthusiasts flock to Mount Rainier to explore it's countless trails with epic views of lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, and of Mt. Rainier herself.

Mount Rainier holds a special place in my heart, there's something so magnetizing and fascinating about her. When I first moved here from Arizona and saw her in person, my heart stopped and I knew without a doubt that I was home. One of my biggest goals in life is to summit Mount Rainier one day. However, in the meantime, I'll just be happy to explore the trails in the park every chance I get.

4. Snoqualmie National Forest

The Snoqualmie National Forest has SO many different gorgeous locations to explore and would be a great choice to get married at. It offers gorgeous alpine lakes, waterfalls, mountain ranges, and a beautiful forest. Due to it's close proximity to Seattle, the trails can get quite crowded on the weekend. However, if you know where to look, you can travel off the beaten path and find a cozy spot all to yourself. If you want to elope in the Snoqualmie National Forest and also want to escape the crowds, I would definitely recommend a weekday elopement!

Other things to consider for your Washington elopement

  • Most of these locations require a permit to get married at, so definitely look into the process of acquiring a permit well in advance of your elopement day so you aren't rushing and stressing over it last minute!

  • The best time to visit Washington is June-October

  • The summer months are typically the dryest months of the year

  • Consider getting married on a weekday for a more intimate experience! Washington is full of adventure enthusiasts, so many trails can get crowded on the weekends during the busy summer months.

  • If it rains, just have fun and go with it! I love experiencing Washington in the rain and I believe that it even enhances the beauty of it all

Want more information on how to plan your own hiking elopement? Check out my blog post telling you everything you need to know here.

Why do people choose to ditch the big, traditional wedding and have an adventure wedding or elopement instead? Read about 6 really great reasons why you should elope here.

Are you ready to start planning your own epic adventure? I'd love to talk with you about all of your dreams and ideas- reach out today and let's get started!


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Kathleen Elizabeth Photography

Washington Adventure Elopement Photographer

Photographing couples across Washington and Arizona

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