Are you and your lover thinking about an Olympic National Park elopement? It’s one of the best places to elope in Washington because you’re able to get so many vast differences in locations in such a short distance. After learning the 3 best places to elope in Olympic National Park, you’ll be ready to book your plane tickets ASAP!
As I mentioned above, Olympic National Park is home to variety of beautiful landscapes. From stunning snow capped mountains to rocky, foggy beaches to lush rainforests. While this National Park is quite remote, it’s still quite accessible by car. Within a few hours drive you can be at the top of the mountainous Hurricane Ridge to the moody Ruby Beach. Making it one of the best places to elope in Washington!
Keep reading to learn all about the 3 best locations for your Olympic National Park elopement!
The Hoh Rainforest is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S., making the perfect spot to elope if you are looking for lush greenery! Because it is a rainforest, it does get lots of rain – especially in the winter season! If you are looking for bright sunny skies, this most likely isn’t the best option for you.
This area has 3 main trails that take you deep into the iconic Washington ferns and 100+ ft tall trees. Minutes into the trails you feel like you’ve been transported to the most magical rainforest. This would be a peaceful early morning spot to have your elopement ceremony or share private vows!
If you are looking to bring your furry friend a long to the Hoh Rainforest, sadly you cannot. Pets are NOT allowed in this area!
Best Season: April through September [June – August being peak season]
Location: Approximately 2 hours drive from Port Angeles, 1 hour drive from Forks
Please note, this spot can get VERY busy during peak season. The parking lot is quite small and it’s a “one in one out” system. I would recommend going early in the morning or later in the day to avoid hours waiting in line for a parking spot!
Rialto Beach is known to be one of the most quintessential beaches in the PNW. From the foggy mornings and drift wood lining the shore to tide pools and rocky sea stacks. The drift wood can actually make for super cool photo opportunities since you can climb on it!
If you’re up for a little hike, Hole-In-The-Wall is one of the most beautiful places to elope on Rialto Beach. It’s about a 3 mile, round trip walk down the beach to beautiful rocky sea stacks and tide pools. Be sure to time it right with the tide schedule so you can actually walk out to the part that makes it “Hole in the Wall”.
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Best Season: April through October
Location: Approximately 1.5 hours drive from Port Angeles, 25 minute drive from Forks
Ruby Beaches is known to be one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the PNW. The landscape is very similar to its northern beach friend, Rialto Beach.
To get down to Ruby Beach from the parking lot, you follow a steep trail about a quarter of a mile down and over some driftwood. There are no marked trails on the beach, you are free to roam around and explore! I would love to help you find the perfect sea stacks or drift wood to frame your stunning Olympic National Park elopement! Reach out to me here so we can starting dreaming up your day together.
Sunset is one of the best times to visit Ruby Beach, making it the perfect spot to end your elopement day!
Best Season: April through October
Location: Approximately 1 hour 45 minute drive from Port Angeles, 35 minute drive from Forks
Now that you know the 3 best places to elope in Olympic National Park, let me share some of my tips for eloping in ONP!
While I hope you found this blog helpful, I have even more tips and locations I can’t wait to share with you if you hire me to capture your Olympic National Park elopement!
If you’re looking for timeless, effortless, undeniably-you images to stand in awe of for a lifetime, I’d love to guide you through this special season of life. Washington is one of my favorite places to help couples elope so I’ve made a custom pricing package specifically for your Olympic National Park elopement!