For some of us, the traditional wedding with all of the planning, and the guests, and the party just isn’t our style. Instead, a romantic getaway with our soon-to-be partner for life is all we need.
While an elopement is already an adventure, why not take it up a notch and head to a waterfall for your private ceremony? Here are some of the best waterfalls in the U.S. if you’re considering an adventurous elopement.
If you’re in the Pacific Northwest area, add Abiqua Falls to your list of possible elopement spots. The falls in this Oregon park require a bit of a hike to reach, but that just means it’s more secluded than other waterfalls — making it the perfect hideaway for a sweet elopement with your beloved.
The hike to get to the Burney Falls in California is about 1 mile, but the view at the end makes it more than worth it. Camp at the park the night before, then head over to the cascading waterfall that covers a wall of lush greenery for a romantic, nature-filled wedding day.
Do you want a variety of waterfalls to choose from? Then head to the Olympic National Forest in Seattle, Washington. The state park has nine waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula that can be accessed by a short hike. The waterfalls are a main attraction of the park and each one would make for a magical elopement backdrop.
Nestled in the Arizona desert just outside of the Grand Canyon, this waterfall is a hidden oasis. The waterfall is enclosed in a red rock formation in a nearly isolated part of the desert on the Havasupai Reservation.
Although the area can get crowded during peak season, you and your partner can have an adventurous, secluded elopement if you choose to visit during less popular times.
This Idaho gem is easy to access and has plenty of waterfront views. The falls are separated into Upper and Lower portions along the Snake River; the 10-story high Upper Mesa Falls resemble a wall of water while the Lower Mesa Falls stream into the river. Either spot would make for a fun hike for a newlywed couple!
The Multnomah Falls are a breathtaking scene just outside of Portland. This powerful waterfall stands at 611 feet tall, surrounded by greenery and is a short walk away from the trail entrance. A bridge takes you across the springs, providing the most picturesque view of the waterfall straight-on.
This spot is extremely popular in the Pacific Northwest, so to beat the crowds and have yourself a quiet and secluded elopement consider a sunrise ceremony. Sounds pretty romantic, doesn’t it?
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