The 7 Best Places to Elope in the U.S.

Written by Lindsay Tigar
Photo: Sascha Reinking Photography

As the New Year makes it’s way to the calendar, couples are leaning away from large celebrations and choosing intimate ceremonies with just a handful of loved ones, or for some, a party built for two. If you can get away with the pleas from your parents and the traditional rituals that many couples feel pressured to execute, the best places to elope in the U.S. can be particularly enticing. Though going abroad is always an option, it’s a trickier one to find marriage licenses and make your marriage official. Instead, you can decide to stay stateside, where you can choose the terrain that fits your relationship.

From seaside and atop a mountain to skylines and more, here are the best places to elope in the U.S.

Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort in Miami Beach, FL

When you took that first trip together at the start of your relationship, where did your wanderlust take you? Likely, to a beach, where you can extend those I-can’t-get-enough-of-you vibes in a romantic, breezy fashion. For that same whimsical experience, complete with white sand and blue waters, Miami Beach is one of the best places to elope in the U.S. At this hotel, you can say ‘I do’ on the beach outside of the resort or under the full moon of the spa terrace. And instead of choosing between chicken, fish or steak, you can dine at the renowned Nobu restaurant on-site before tucking away into your just-married honeymoon suite.

Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks, NC

There’s something quaint and loving about the beachy region of North Carolina. Even in the coldest days of winter, the alluring sound of the sea and the sweet Southern somethins’ from locals will charm you and your partner’s heart. One location in Duck, NC - the Sanderling Resort - offers six different elopement packages, with many offering up to 20 guests on a terrace, a ballroom or whatever fits your fancy. After you put on the rings and seal the deal with a kiss, you can enjoy the oversized fire pits, the spa and dine at the AAA Four-Diamond Kimball’s Kitchen for a sustainable, local dinner.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA

Right in the heart of the Coachella Valley, any other time than festival time makes for a tranquil, serenity escape. Here, you can enjoy gondola rides through Venetian-inspired waterways, explore lush fairlawns and enjoy views of the Santa Rosa mountains. Talk about a sunset ceremony photo opportunity at one of the best places to elope in the U.S.! At this resort, you can choose between several al fresco locations and then enjoy a spacious honeymoon suite. Another fun find? For the fun-loving couple, consider their ‘DoNut Disturb’ package that can double as your wedding cake: a 10-pound pink donut covered in sprinkles and edible glitter.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Gateway, CO

For the couple who gets all the feels from a rustic, woodsy getaway, but wants their ceremony to be a bit higher end, consider Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado as one of the best places to elope. When you imagine a myriad of pink, oranges and reds in your sunset ceremony photo, this is exactly what you’ll see when you explore this property that features near year-round sunshine. For the extra cash, you can even plan your elopement ceremony via helicopter to the top of the most remote, picturesque mesas in the area. Or, for a tamer way to wed, the resort has many indoor and outdoor venues, too.

Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii

Combine your ceremony and honeymoon into one when you choose Hawaii for your ‘let’s get maui-ed’ adventure. At this gorgeous resort, you can opt for the ‘Me Ke Aloha’ package that comes complete with ceremonial leis, a professional ukulele, guitar or violin soloist and a private attendant to tend to your needs. With it’s location on the volcanic coastline, you choose between the cliffside gardens, a rustic onsite wedding chapel or an ocean-view terrace, to name a few. And hey, for a post-ceremony celebration that’s one you’ll never forget, consider watching the stars emerge from a private dining experience at Buddha Point, with tiki torches and waves splashing at your toes.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA

The Big Easy is an easy place to fall in love with, rich with hundreds of years of history and culinary palettes that make your mouthwater when you think about them. If you want to explore this area of the South as part of your honeymoon, consider getting hitched at this hotel before road tripping through Charleston, Savannah and other must-see towns. At the Bourbon Orleans, you’ll be in the heart of the French Quarter, behind St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest one in the nation. After you’ve said your ‘I do’s’ at the quaint on-site St. Ann Cottage, have the hotel arrange a second-line as you dance down the streets, right into the rest of your happy life together.

Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers in New York, NY

The city never sleeps - and neither will you as you get excited for your upcoming elopement at this beautiful location, certainly one of the best places to elope in the U.S. Right on the Hudson River, the city spirals around you, but the peace you’ll feel in your soul as you exchange your vows will mask the sounds. Three of the walls feature floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing the sun to shine through and consider booking a boat tour around the New York City harbor post-kissing-the-bride (or groom).