It’s no secret that I’m absolutely obsessed with the natural beauty that is the Olympic National Park. It has everything you can possibly imagine within just a few hour’s drive from one another. Throughout my experiences in the last couple of years of documenting elopements, here are my top 5 places to elope!
“As soon as I saw you, I knew adventure was going to happen.” -Winnie the Pooh
Another of the Olympic Peninsula’s treasures, Hurricane Ridge offers dramatic vistas, windswept beauty, and a perfect showcase of what Washington has to offer. At an elevation of 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is easily accessible and is a year-round destination for hikers, tourists, and winter sports. The area receives about 400 inches of snow a year! The weather on Hurricane Ridge can be a bit inhospitable in the winter, however the warmer summer months make the perfect time to visit for an elopement that you’ll never forget. The 360 degree views are truly astounding!
If a dramatic and romantic waterfall is your vision, Marymere Falls is your spot! The end of an easy, short forest hike rewards you with a perfect view of this 90 foot high waterfall. Marymere Falls and Lake Crescent are a short distance apart, opening up endless possibilities. The proximity of both to the town of Port Angeles allows you to remain connected to the city while feeling like you’re escaping it all for a few hours.
The incredible blue of Lake Crescent will draw you in to the enchanting beauty of the lake and the surrounding forest. Hidden treasures abound around this lake, which is the second deepest in Washington. Lake Crescent is an exceptionally clear lake which makes for a gorgeous contrast with the surrounding greenery. Right next to Lake Crescent (on the south shore) is Lake Crescent Lodge. The lodge is owned by the National Park Service and is open seasonally from May to the end of January. The Lodge is situated amidst an old-growth forest with rainforest ferns, cedars and fir trees. It’s a perfect spot for those who are eloping with close family members. The Lodge/Lake offer multiple locations, while still having a comfortable stay before or after your Elopement!
The amazing Hoh Rainforest is a temperate rain forest in northwest Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. The secret to the magic here is the rain. Because the Hoh Rainforest gets almost 14 feet of rain per year, the water, persistent fog and filtered light result in a breathtakingly beautiful green paradise. The Hoh is one of the last remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park’s most popular destinations. The Hoh Rainforest is also a World Heritage Site with huge trees that are covered moss and ferns.
Twilight fans may recognize First Beach, one of a series of four gorgeous beaches that make up La Push Beach. The beaches are named in succession, First Beach, Second Beach, Third Beach, and the last being Rialto Beach. First Beach and Rialto Beach are the only beaches easily reached by vehicle. Second Beach and Third Beach have walking trails that lead to them. Third Beach is the most secluded, and hardest to get to. All of the beaches are picturesque and offer different but equally unique backdrops. Each beach has its own unique qualities, but with the towering sea stacks, driftwood, and tide pools, it’s a perfect destination for your Olympic National Park elopement. La Push is located on the west coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, not far from the logging town of Forks.
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