For those who want to go the adventurous route for their elopement, why not make kayaking part of your big day? While there are a ton of unique ways to incorporate water into your elopement, kayaking is great because you can make the experience as relaxing or adrenaline-spiking as you want it to be!
A kayaking elopement is definitely not traditional, so if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve put together some of our favorite places that will make your day unforgettable.
Tampa Bay, Florida
If you’re excited about the possibility of seeing dolphins and manatees on your kayaking trip, Tampa Bay may be the best elopement destination for you. Celebrate your partner and your relationship by immersing yourself in warm, crystal blue waters and enchanting mangrove forests.
Some of the best places to kayak in Tampa Bay:
Lake Powell, Arizona
When you think kayaking, desert views probably aren’t the first thing to come to your mind, but if you choose to elope at Lake Powell, you can get the best of both worlds. Dramatic rock formations and blue waters make this location the perfect blend of the elements.
It’s worth noting that Lake Powell is actually a human-made lake that hasn’t been around for very long — and may not be accessible by water forever. The good news is even if you don’t get a chance to kayak here, in the future it may be possible to visit the beautiful Glen Canyon in its original state.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Some would say Lake Tahoe is the quintessential alpine lake. Towering boulders, pine trees, and beautiful mountain views make it an excellent choice for a kayaking elopement. This crystalline lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains has a ton of accessible beaches and fantastic viewpoints.
For more stunning lake inspiration, check out this list we put together of the best lakeside elopement locations in the US.
Here are some of the best places to launch your kayak in Lake Tahoe:
If you and your partner aren’t bothered by cooler temperatures, kayaking in Seattle could be an excellent addition to your elopement itinerary. There’s something for everyone: hidden coves, beach parks, views of the Seattle skyline, and maybe even close-up encounters with orcas or sea lions.
Top locations for kayaking near Seattle:
Seward, Alaska makes for a perfect elopement destination if an arctic kayaking adventure is calling your name. You won’t find icebergs, glaciers, and the unique wilderness that makes Alaska so special.
Here are some amazing places to kayak in Seward:
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
For scenic floats through old mining areas or easy whitewater routes between tree-lined banks, Coeur d’Alene delivers. Couples who want to incorporate kayaking into their elopement day (or weekend) shouldn’t pass up this gem in northern Idaho.
Two great Coeur d’Alene kayaking locations:
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
If you and your partner are looking for a heart-racing, blood-pumping excursion, there are plenty of kayaking locations in the San Juan Mountains that fit the bill. Don’t worry though, there are other options if you prefer to relax instead of tackle some rapids post-elopement.
Hidden gems and must-see kayak destinations in the San Juan Mountains:
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is about as remote as you can get. If you and your partner truly want to get away from it all, you should definitely consider the Boundary Waters for your kayaking elopement. With more than 1,000 lakes, it’s impossible to choose just a few spots, but here is a great list of some suggested routes.
The Ozarks, Missouri / Arkansas
Kayaking in the Ozarks means relaxing floats down winding rivers with steep bluffs, caves, and springs. It’s the ideal elopement spot if you and your partner want to unwind and move at a slower pace.
Best kayaking in the Ozarks:
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