When the temps start to warm up, the grass turns greener, and the flowers start to bloom, it’s the best time of the year to elope! If you’re not sure yet where to elope but know you want somewhere scenic and accessible in late spring and summer, then this list is sure to help you.
Check out our favorite places to elope in the spring and summertime:
Like many of the northern or mountainous states, Colorado’s spring doesn’t actually begin until the end of May. Many of the best mountain pass roads, like Independence Pass and Trail Ridge Road, often don’t open until Memorial Day weekend or the first week of June!
But once the weather does start to warm up, Colorado turns into this beautiful mix of snow-covered peaks and lush, green landscapes down below in the valleys. If you’re hoping for some summer wildflowers, mid-late July is perfect for you here, especially in places like Crested Butte.
Although the warmer season here is very short compared to other places, Alaska is hands-down a top recommendation of ours to elope in the summer. The wildlife like moose and grizzlies are out and about, the sun doesn’t set until almost midnight, and you can walk on glaciers via helicopter rides. The complete otherworldly experience!
The Pacific Northwest also typically doesn’t bloom its full spring flowers until late April or early May, but when it does, it’s simply one of the best in the US. Cherry blossom trees are common here, and the waterfalls are overflowing from the melting snow.
Summers in the Sierra mountains and along California’s northern coast are hard to beat. Lake Tahoe is perfect for water activities in summertime like kayaking and boating over crystal-clear waters, and other places like the redwood forests are a lot less foggy/rainy than they are in winter.
Do keep in mind, though, that if future summers are anything like the wildfire seasons in recent years, you’ll want a backup location (or two) should you need to avoid a fire or heavy smoke in late August.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Much of the town and access roads inside Glacier National Park close for most of the year, but summer is when this place really shines. It can be very busy from June through the end of August, so we recommend booking your elopement here well in advance and aiming for a weekday morning to avoid the crowds as much as you can.
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