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The Most Enchanting Hidden Gem Elopement Locations in the US


A couple walks towards the water for their elopement at fall creek falls state park in tennessee

Hellooo my adventurous lovebirds! Are you still on the hunt for a unique, unforgettable elopement experience? Look no further! Having traveled to 49 out of the 50 states, I've discovered some truly amazing hidden gems that are perfect for your intimate wedding ceremony. From jaw-dropping mountain vistas to secluded beaches and untouched wilderness, these top hidden gems across the US will offer a spectacular backdrop for your special day.


Get ready to discover enchanting destinations like Crested Butte, Glacier National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Jackson Hole, Arches National Park, and more! Together, we'll find the ultimate location for your magical elopement adventure. So without further ado – let's dive on in!


Crested Butte, Colorado: A Hidden Gem in the Rocky Mountains

a golden hour sunset along a colorado mountainside

Crested Butte is a charming mountain town tucked away in the heart of the Rockies that offers breathtaking scenery and endless outdoor adventures. Imagine exchanging your vows among fields of wildflowers, crystal-clear alpine lakes, or awe-inspiring mountain vistas. This hidden gem is packed with enchanting locations like Woods Walk, Peanut Lake, and Gunsight Bridge, making it the perfect setting for your unforgettable elopement adventure. Whether you choose to explore the majestic mountains or unwind in a peaceful meadow, your elopement will be nothing short of pure magic.


Glacier National Park: A Wonderland of Elopement Possibilities

trees captured with a lake in the background at Glacier National Park

With stunning locations like Logan Pass, Lake McDonald, and the scenic trails of Running Eagle Falls and Two Medicine Lake, your Glacier National Park elopement will be nothing short of magical. Whether you choose to tie the knot at Avalanche Lake, Sun Point Nature Trail, or any other enchanting spot in the park, your celebration will be filled with spectacular views and unforgettable moments. So, if you're dreaming of an elopement that combines natural beauty and a sense of adventure, look no further than Glacier National Park – it truly is an extraordinary destination for your special day!


Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Hidden Gems Within America's Most Visited Park

a couple elopes at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee

Don't let the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's popularity fool you – there are loads of hidden gems just waiting to host your dream elopement! Picture yourself exchanging vows in a scene straight out of a fairy tale, with misty peaks, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls as your backdrop.


Check out spots like the picturesque Foothills Parkway, the rustic charm of Cades Cove, or the historic Spence Cabin in the Elkmont district. There's something for everyone in this park, from accessible viewpoints to secluded locations like Spruce Flats Falls or the enchanting House of the Fairies. No matter which spot you pick, your elopement in the Great Smoky Mountains will be nothing short of unforgettable!


Jackson Hole, Wyoming: A Teton Paradise for Nature-Loving Couples

an RV drives through Grand Teton National Park

Get ready to fall head over heels for Jackson Hole – the perfect elopement destination for nature lovers and outdoorsy duos. Imagine saying your "I do's" beneath the majestic Tetons, along the peaceful Snake River, or in a rustic mountain lodge.


Check out hidden gems like Schwabacher Landing, the enchanting Wedding Tree, Mormon Row, Curtis Canyon, and the National Elk Refuge for some seriously stunning backdrops. Whether you choose a charming chapel or a secluded mountain spot, Jackson Hole offers a ton of magical elopement settings among breathtaking landscapes. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!


Arches National Park: Tie the Knot in a Surreal Desert Wonderland

Ready for an out-of-this-world elopement experience at Arches National Park? – it's like stepping onto Mars, but without the spacesuit! Picture yourselves exchanging vows beneath amazing sandstone arches, with a fiery sunrise as your backdrop, or along peaceful trails in the park's backcountry.


Check out hidden gems like Double Arch, Sand Dune Arch, or Broken Arch for a truly stunning ceremony setting. With breathtaking landscapes and unreal beauty, Arches National Park promises a magical adventure you and your partner will never forget!


Franconia Notch: Hidden Gems Within The White Mountains of New Hampshire

a girl sits along the mountainside of Mount Washington in New Hampshire

Franconia Notch and Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire's White Mountains have everything you need for an unforgettable elopement experience: stunning views, gorgeous forests, and cascading waterfalls!


Whether you're dreaming of a peaceful lakeside ceremony, a mountaintop vow exchange, or even an adventure at the famed Mount Washington, there’s endless possibilities for your special day. Get ready for breathtaking landscapes and magical moments that'll make your elopement truly one-of-a-kind!


Haleakalā National Park: A Tropical Paradise for an Unforgettable Elopement

say Aloha and experience pure elopement magic at Maui's Haleakalā National Park! This tropical paradise has everything: the epic Haleakalā Crater, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and gorgeous coastlines.


Imagine tying the knot above the clouds at Haleakalā Crater, in the enchanting Hosmer Grove, or on Maui's stunning coastline. With so many jaw-dropping landscapes, your elopement in Haleakalā National Park will be a truly magical celebration of your love story.


So, if you're all about those lush forests, majestic mountains, or postcard-worthy coastlines, Haleakalā National Park promises an unforgettable elopement adventure you'll treasure for a lifetime!


Brookings, Oregon: A Coastal Paradise for an Intimate Elopement

If you're dreaming of a romantic elopement by the sea, Brookings, Oregon is the place for you! This charming coastal town near the California border offers breathtaking ocean views, pristine beaches, and enchanting coastal forests – a dreamy backdrop for your special day.


Just minutes away, you'll find the stunning Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, where you can exchange vows beneath towering redwoods, on dramatic sea cliffs, or along secluded sandy beaches. Whether you choose the popular Crook Point or the intimate Capella by the Sea, Brookings promises an unforgettable elopement experience surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. So, if you're ready for a magical celebration by the sea, Brookings awaits!


Dream Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado: A Serene Alpine Elopement

If you're dreaming of a magical Rocky Mountain elopement, the enchanting Dream Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is calling your name! Although ceremonies aren't allowed on the trail itself, you can still adventure there for breathtaking photos before or after your special day.


Just imagine exchanging vows at one of the park's stunning approved locations, then venturing to Dream Lake for incredible photo opportunities. Surrounded by majestic peaks, shimmering aspen groves, and crystal-clear mountain lakes, this family-friendly trail offers the perfect setting to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

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Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina: The Grand Canyon of the East

a couple walks along the rhododendron flowers for their elopement at Carver's Gap in Roan Mountain

If you're on the hunt for an exhilarating elopement destination with rugged beauty and pristine wilderness, look no further than North Carolina's Linville Gorge Wilderness – affectionately known as the "Grand Canyon of the East."


Part of the sprawling Pisgah National Forest, this hidden gem spans 12,000 acres of breathtaking landscapes, from towering cliffs to cascading waterfalls and lush forests that rival even the most iconic national parks.


Featuring famous sites like Wiseman’s View, Table Rock Mountain, and Hawksbill Mountain, Linville Gorge Wilderness promises an unforgettable elopement experience in the heart of nature. Think of exchanging vows atop Gingercake Mountain or along the banks of the Linville River – it's a nature-lover's paradise!


Carver's Gap Trailhead, Tennessee/North Carolina: A Scenic Mountain Pass for a Romantic Elopement

a couple walks through a foggy trail for their elopement at Roan Mountain, Tennessee

Carver's Gap Trailhead is a hidden gem nestled along the Roan Mountain ridgeline on the Appalachian Trail. Straddling the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, this scenic mountain pass provides a unique and intimate setting for your elopement ceremony.


Picture yourselves exchanging vows surrounded by high-altitude Fraser firs, open meadows, beautiful rhododendrons, and breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop.


Whether you choose a romantic sunset ceremony or an early morning vow exchange, Carver's Gap Trailhead promises a magical atmosphere that will make your special day truly unforgettable.


Ouray, Colorado: A Hidden Mountain Gem for an Unforgettable Elopement

a woman with her dog looking at the scenery of a Colorado State Park

Nestled in the majestic San Juan Mountains, Ouray, Colorado - affectionately called "the Switzerland of the United States" - is a hidden gem that combines charming architecture, rejuvenating hot springs, and breathtaking natural beauty. This enchanting town is the ideal destination for an intimate and unforgettable elopement experience.


With a wealth of romantic settings to choose from, you can exchange vows amidst towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, or along the serene banks of the Uncompahgre River. Ouray's diverse landscapes and adventurous activities promise a memorable elopement adventure that you and your partner will cherish forever.


So whether you opt for a cozy winter ceremony surrounded by snow-capped mountains or a vibrant summer celebration amidst wildflowers and alpine meadows, Ouray offers a magical experience tailored to your unique love story.


Sedona, Arizona: A Red Rock Paradise for an Enchanting Elopement

Surrounded by majestic red rock formations, lush forests, and serene streams, this breathtaking destination offers an array of unforgettable settings for your special day.


Imagine exchanging vows at the base (or peak) of the awe-inspiring Cathedral Rock, against the vibrant backdrop of a desert sunset, or along the tranquil banks of Oak Creek. Sedona's diverse landscapes, warm climate, and mystical energy combine to create a truly magical atmosphere for your elopement celebration.


Whether you dream of an intimate ceremony at one of Sedona's many vortex sites or a scenic celebration amidst the area's natural wonders, this hidden gem promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you and your partner will treasure forever.


Acadia National Park, Maine: A Coastal Paradise for a Romantic Elopement

Acadia National Park in Maine is the ultimate elopement destination, with stunning ocean views, pristine beaches, and enchanting forests.


Picture yourselves exchanging vows on top of Cadillac Mountain, by Thunder Hole's rocky shore, or surrounded by vibrant foliage on Acadia's scenic trails. This place is a treasure trove of magical moments and picture-perfect spots!


From rich history and wildlife to breathtaking landscapes, Acadia National Park offers the perfect blend of romance and adventure for your unforgettable elopement experience.


a couple embraces against a waterfall backdrop for their elopement at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennesse

The United States is home to a wealth of hidden elopement locations that offer stunning natural beauty, unique landscapes, and intimate settings for couples seeking a memorable and romantic celebration. From the breathtaking peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the coastal splendor of Maine, the serene forests of North Carolina to the enchanting desert landscapes of Arizona - with such diverse and awe-inspiring locations to choose from, your elopement celebration is destined to be a magical and unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags, grab your partner, and set off on an adventure to explore these captivating destinations and create some memories together!


Planning Your Own Destination Elopement?

As an adventure-loving photographer, I can't wait to capture your special day, no matter where your love story takes you. I might be based in Tennessee, but traveling is my jam, and I'm always stoked to explore new places. So, whether you're tying the knot on a mountaintop in Colorado or saying "I do" by a secluded waterfall in Oregon, I'm your gal! Shoot me a message today, and let's team up to create some unforgettable elopement magic! You can also check out my location bucket list on the bottom of my investment page to see if your dream location is on there!

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