The United States has some of the best national park elopement locations in the world. There are 63 national parks in the U.S., which would all make great spots for your elopement, however, these 5 listed below have the best views for your elopement (of the ones I have visited, in my opinion). The cool thing about getting married in a national park is that there are specified spots to get married (with rules, of course). Some are more isolated than others and I’m here to give you all the tips and tricks for help choosing which national park would make the best backdrop for your elopement.
One of the best national parks to have your elopement is Zion National Park in southern Utah. Zion is absolutely beautiful with giant, red cliffs and a few different locations to elope there.
I made an entire blog post, The Ultimate Guide to Eloping in Zion that you can check out and get some inspiration from 🙂
Permit Info: You must fill out a permit at least 3 weeks in advance to get married in the park (and all of these parks listed). As of 2023, the permit costs $100 (so much cheaper than a stuffy wedding venue and better views)!
The Grand Tetons are some of the most amazing mountains that I have ever seen and would make an amazing elopement location for those couples wanting extravagant mountain views.
Permit Info: The permit for Grand Teton National Park is $200. There are 6 available ceremony locations that are available on a first come-first served basis with a maximum number of weddings available each year. There are certain times of the year that you can begin reserving your wedding here so it is important to stay up-to-date on their regulations so you can get the spot you are dreaming of for your elopement.
Glacier National Park is unreal and one of my favorite national parks. It is so remote and you really feel like you are a part of the beautiful landscapes here. The Going-to-the-Sun-Road is unreal and I could spend days just starting out the car window and the insanely gorgeous views and vistas.
Permit Info: There are quite a few locations within the park that allow wedding ceremonies. There are a lot of people wanting to elope in Glacier National Park so I recommend filling out your permit as far in advance as you are able to to reserve your dream spot. The fee for the application is $125.
The Kenai Peninsula is such a special place in Alaska and Kenai Fjords National Park would make an excellent and unique location for your national park elopement.
Permit Info: There is a $100 permit fee to get married in Kenai Fjords National Park. It’s super unique to get married here because you will likely need a boat or a plane/helicopter to get around as there aren’t “specific” places like the other parks to get married since it is mostly ice and water.
I visited North Cascades National Park last year for the first time and I fell in LOVE! Wow- the huge mountains surrounded by the crystal clear blue water was breathtaking.
Permit Info: There is a $50 fee to fill out the application to get married in this amazing park. Your wedding photographer (hopefully me!?) also needs a special use permit. There are a few different locations in the park that also allow ceremonies and it depends on how many guests you plan on having.
Along with the permit and application fees, keep in mind that there are park fees as well. You can either pay for the day pass in the park or you can use your annual national park pass, which let’s be real you already have 😉 Are you looking for the perfect national park elopement locations? Contact Me to start planning your adventurous national park elopement today with an adventure elopement photographer like me!