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THE BEST PLACES TO ELOPE

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HOW TO FIND THE BEST PLACES TO ELOPE IN THE US AND THE WORLD

 

So you’ve decided have an adventure elopement and say your I-do’s with the great outdoors as your witness. Now it’s time to decide on exactly where to elope; there are a lot of options out there when looking for the best places to elope, and they’re all epic in their own way! We have traveled to and photographed 150+ elopements all over the US and the world. In addition to traveling to all these locations, we’ve explored them in different seasons, monitored seasonal tourist traffic, studied road closure patterns, and are experts on where the best places to elope are AND the best times to elope there. We’ve designed this page to help you find the best places to elope depending on the type of adventure you envision for your day.

THE FOXPACK TRAVEL SCHEDULE AND HOW BOOKING WITH US WORKS:

Location Priority: If you are in love with a specific location or area, check out when we recommend the best times to be there. Use this as a guide to determine when to elope there.
Date Priority: If you are set on a specific date or timeframe, check out the areas we recommend during that timeframe. Use this as a guide to determine where to elope.
Complete Flexibility: If you are completely open to both location and date, then set up a free consult with us and we’ll use our expertise to help you figure out the best place to elope for the kind of adventure you envision!

Or jump straight to our most popular destinations:
Mount Rainier // North Cascades // Yosemite // Redwoods // PNW Coast // Kauai // Our Bucket-list

MOUNTAIN RANGES

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Mt Rainier

Washington State

We love describing Mount Rainier as a romantic mountain. Sunsets on a clear day feel like a fairytale, while misty days feel enchanting. Mid July through mid August is peak wildflower season at Rainier, with whimsical flowers lighting up the mountainsides with shades of yellow, orange, purple, pink, and blue. The feeling of awe and wonder is addicting, and the Mt. Rainier area delivers it in spades.

When we'll be there: July, August, September, October

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North Cascades

Washington State

The North Cascades are often referred to as a “sea of peaks” as the layers of jagged mountain peaks seem to stretch on forever. Atop a summit, you can see layers upon layers of peaks dissolve into the distance. This range is home to glaciers, volcanos, and pristine alpine lakes, with endless trails (dog friendly too!) to explore. These beautiful mountains are why we chose to make Washington our home in the first place.

When we'll be there: July, August, September, October

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The Olympics

Washington State

The Olympic mountains are rugged with layers of jagged peaks and glaciers everywhere. Mystical temperate rainforests give way to soaring peaks, meaning you can spend part of your day in an old-growth forest and then end it with sunset atop a rugged mountain. Being lower elevation than the Cascade range, these mountains are accessible earlier in the summer, so we love it here in June and July.

When we'll be there: June, July, August, September, October

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The Rockies and San Juans

Colorado

Colorado has over 58 mountains that are over 14k feet, also known as 14ers, so as you can imagine, the mountains here are breathtaking. You’ve probably heard of Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s one of the most popular parks in the US! But Colorado is also home to the incredible San Juan Mountains, which are a little harder to get to but worth all the effort.

We won't be in Colorado this year, but the best time to elope there is July, August, September, October

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Yosemite

California

Yosemite National Park is the home to some of the most impressive granite walls in the world. Half Dome, El Capitan, the Sentinel, Bridal Veil Falls, and Cathedral Rocks are striking enough to visit just to see them individually, but in Yosemite you get to see them all in one valley. Wandering through the old growth forests, wide open meadows, and steep granite cliffs is one of the most impressive experiences in the world.

When we'll be there: May, September, and October (Oct is fully booked)

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DOLOMITES AND SWISS ALPS

Italy and Switzerland

The fact that they call the North Cascades the “American Alps” says something about these mountains. They’re the gold standard when it comes to rugged alpine peaks. The Alps need no introduction, they’re the ALPS! Everywhere you look is a postcard-worthy view. The Dolomites are a nearby mountain range in northern Italy and are known for their dramatic rocky peaks and the Via Ferratas that traverse these steep cliffs. These are some of the most spectacular mountains in the world and we can’t wait to explore them next summer.

The Foxes will be here in June and July for wildflower season

Beaches and rugged Coasts

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Kauai

Hawaii

Kauai is known as Hawaii’s most adventurous island and it is really something special. You have epic ocean cliffs, a lush “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” jungle waterfalls, mountain ridges, and relaxing beaches. The Na Pali coast is a natural wonder and home to some of the most spectacular views on earth. Along with all the adventure hikes you have snorkeling, surfing, sea kayaking, boat tours… what better way to escape the cold for a tropical elopement and honeymoon?

When we'll be there: February and November

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PNW Coasts

Oregon and Washington

The Oregon and Washington coasts have miles and miles of rugged beaches and ocean cliffs. Old growth forests with giant trees border these beaches and create an incredible diversity of landscape to explore. These areas are beautiful year round. From enchanting, misty days to warm, lingering Pacific sunsets, you really can’t go wrong here no matter what the weather does. Fall, winter, spring, or summer are all perfect times to visit this mystical landscape. 

When we'll be there: March, April, May, June, October

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Big SUR

California

The infamous Big Sur coastline is one of the many gems of California. Stretching from Monterey to the central coast region, the Big Sur region is one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. Scenic Highway 1 hugs the cliffside, weaving between succulent-covered hills, redwood forests, and remote beaches. It’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular drives in the country. But when you step out of the car and explore the cliffs and beaches and forests, the experience is even better. 

We won't be in Big Sur this year, but the best time to elope is winter, spring and fall

Giant Forests

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The Redwoods

California

The California Redwoods are easily at the top of our list of insanely impressive forests. Wandering through these woods is like stepping back in time. We half expect to see a brontosaurus traipsing through the ferns. We’ve explored many old growth forests, but there’s really just something special about redwoods. Our favorite are the Northern California redwoods, which we love combining with a trip to the coast. It makes for such an epic day.

When we'll be there: May, June, October

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Hoh Rainforest

Washington

The Hoh is one of the biggest temperate rainforests in the world, receiving buckets of rainfall every year. But don’t let the rain stop you from visiting this enchanting forest. In fact, we prefer it in the rain! The dew drops glisten off the moss and ferns and you can literally feel the plants living their best life all around you. Massive trees form a dense canopy overhead anyways, sheltering you from the raindrops. They say Sasquatch lives here. If so, he’s got some pretty gorgeous stomping grounds. 

When we'll be there: March, April, May, June, October, November, December

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PNW Forests

Oregon and Washington State

From the Olympic Peninsula to Mt Rainier to the North Cascades to the Columbia River Valley and beyond, the PNW is covered with stunning old-growth forests. You don’t have to visit the Hoh to see massive moss-covered trees and ferns galore. They’re literally everywhere here. We’ve explored many of the best forests and have a bunch of favorite spots for photos and adventure. As a bonus, many of these forest locations are near some pretty epic mountains, meaning you can get a lot of variety in your elopement.

When we'll be there: July, August, September, October

VAST DESERTS

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UTAH DESERT

Utah

Utah is the land of sandstone arches, desert towers, soaring cliffs, and deep canyons. The desert definitely has a distinctive feeling that will captivate you like no other place. It’s rough and rugged and desolate, yet gorgeous and romantic. And if you like adventure, you’ll love the deserts of Utah. It’s home to places like Zion, Moab, and Bryce Canyon. With world-class slick rock mountain biking, epic canyoneering, intense off-roading, white water rafting, and some of the best desert climbing around, you’ll never be bored. 

When we'll be there: March

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Sedona

Arizona

Sedona is a desert environment unlike any other we’ve encountered during our travels around the US. It’s a desert alright, but it’s also green and lush. The richness of the reds and greens here is so striking. Rocky towers dot the landscape, broken up by lush canyons and cool rivers. To the south, it’s a hot and dry desert. But drive 45 minutes to the north and you’ll be in Flagstaff where there’s a ski resort. Sedona falls in between these two extremes, making for a truly unique landscape. When you visit, don’t forget to buy some crystals and meditate by a vortex.  

When we'll be there: February

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Joshua Tree

California

Joshua Tree is a wild landscape. Huge granite boulders that seem to have dropped from the sky form mini mountains on an otherwise flat terrain. Beautiful cacti and other desert plants thrive out here. And of course, the iconic Joshua Trees, which are some kind of mix between a cactus and a tree, are found all over the place. One of the things that makes Joshua tree cool are all the hip lodging options out here. Being close to LA, what else would you expect? It’s a great place to relax and adventure at the same time.

When we'll be there: February, March

FOR THE WORLD TRAVELERS

Isle of Sky

Scotland

In the Scottish highlands lies the enchanting Isle of Skye region. Rolling green hills give rise to rocky pinnacles and dramatic sea cliffs line the shores. A visit out here will take you back in time and make you feel like you’re in an entirely different world. Fairies definitely live out here. You can spend the day wandering trails through this enchanting landscape and then end it cozied up in an old pub sipping a dram of local Scotch whiskey. 

When we'll be there: March, May, and October

Dolomites + Alps

Italy + Switzerland

The fact that they call the North Cascades the “American Alps” says something about these mountains. They’re the gold standard when it comes to rugged alpine peaks. The Alps need no introduction, they’re the ALPS! Everywhere you look is a postcard-worthy view. The Dolomites are a nearby mountain range in northern Italy and are known for their dramatic rocky peaks and the Via Ferratas that traverse these steep cliffs. These are some of the most spectacular mountains in the world and we can’t wait to explore them next summer.

When we'll be there: June and July

Iceland

Iceland is an anomaly. It blows our minds how one little arctic island can have such a crazy variety in its landscape. It has volcanoes and thermal activity, massive waterfalls, rugged mountains, black sand beaches, barren moonscapes, cute little cottages, rolling green fields…we literally can’t even list all the variety here or else this description would go on forever. Josh and Charly eloped here because they love it so much, and they’ve thoroughly explored this wild place. If you want an insider’s guide to eloping on this island, they’ll hook it up!

When we'll be there: October

Jordan + Israel

Not quite the Mediterranean and not quite the Middle East, Israel and Jordan are unique both culturally and geographically. There are expansive deserts, lush valleys, ancient ruins, and more delicious food than you could eat in a lifetime. For history buffs, a trip out here is a lifetime must. But it’s also an explorer’s paradise. If you want to get off the beaten path of popular elopement destinations, sample some incredible cuisine, soak in warm Mediterranean waters, and maybe even ride a Camel, we’d highly recommend checking out Jordan or Israel for an unforgettable adventure.

When we'll be there: November

New Zealand

We traveled to New Zealand for our first time last spring and became forever enchanted with this landscape. The fact that most of Lord of the Rings was filmed here is enough reason to visit, but there’s so much more than what you even see in the movies. Fjords, mountains, glaciers, rainforests, jungles, beaches, rivers, canyons…you name it, NZ has it. On the north island it’s warm and tropical, while the south island is rugged and mountainous. While we only had three weeks here, Hannah spent 6 months exploring this incredible place! Even so, she can’t wait to go back, and neither can we.

When we'll be there: Spring 2021

Patagonia

Patagonia. What more do we need to say? This is the land of soaring peaks and massive glaciers – it’s one of the most legendary places in the world for adventure. This is for the truly adventurous couples looking for an epic adventure through South America. The rugged mountain ranges, epic backpacking journeys, and world class rock climbing are what draws so many adventurous souls to this part of the world. With opposite seasons, the best chance for good weather is winter – and we’ll be there in December!

When we'll be there: December

Bucket-list

Ireland, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, France, Norway, China, Thailand, Japan…there are soooo many incredible landscapes we have yet to explore. There’s nothing quite like visiting a new location for the first time. Everything is fresh and exciting and extra inspiring. If you want to elope in a destination we don’t have listed here on our travel schedule, tell us about it! We love when couples trust us to join them on an adventure that will be a first for both of us, and the photos that come out of those experiences are always some of our favorites. There’s just something special about capturing a landscape with a fresh perspective. 

When we'll be there: You tell us!

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WHERE TO FIND THE BEST PLACE TO ELOPE

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LOGISTICS AND DETAILS ON THE BEST PLACES TO ELOPE

We’re compiling all of the info you need to plan your elopement in the location of your dreams, state by state. Some of the details include average weather, permit requirements, acquiring your marriage license, the best nearby towns to stay in, local adventure vendors, travel tips, and helpful links to additional pictures and information. Check out the articles below to read all about the logistics and best places to elope in each state. We’re in the process of creating an article for every state we’ve thoroughly explored, so make sure to check back frequently for more articles!

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