Most of these locations are best seen either for Sunrise or Sunset. Many places are very busy in the summer days and on weekends. So, if at all possible, it is best to try to do them early or late on a weekday and take one of the near by trails to get away from the majority of the people.
Tipsoo Lake – This is in Mt Rainier National Park. It is a lovely little alpine lake. The roadway is generally closed until May and the lake stays covered in snow until around June. In August you usually get all the wildflowers blooming. There is a great trail to go for a small hike around the lake. Or if you are more adventurous there are other trails that are in the area.
Wenatchee Lake – You can access the lake from 2 different locations. This is a very popular lake during the summer, it beautiful and there are much less people during spring & summer and no one around during the winter. But, if you are doing the summer months and want to have a bit more intimacy in your elopement, I would just recommend hiking some of trails since most of the people are right next to the lake but the parking area. While here, go into Leavenworth for a nice meal and see the cute little Bavarian shops.
Deception Pass – This area covers so much beach. You can access many different beach locations. Deception Pass is so great because you can get ocean views, lakes, and old growth forests. Some great beach access point are Rosario Beach (seems to be less busy than others) and west beach. Remember to keep track of the tides, as many of the caves on the beach are only accessible during low tide, and you can get trapped if the tide comes in. If you want to also incorporate lake views you can add in a hike at Cranberry Lake or Pass Lake. Deception Pass Park would be a great location if you are interested in also combining a celebration party, they have covered picnic areas and lots of camping spaces.
Rialto & Ruby Beaches – Many of the beaches in the Olympic Peninsula are a great place to elope. You have iconic landmarks like Hole-in-the-Wall and various haystacks. You can even get a permit so that you can camp on the beach and you could watch the milky way in the sky. Fun things you could include would be clamming or digging for oysters. You will need to get a permit to dig for clams or oysters. Make sure to schedule your big day during the right season and check on the tide to make sure that you have perfect conditions. Make sure to bring buckets, shovels or a clam tube, and galoshes are great to keep you legs dry.
Mount St Helens – Believe it or not, this area is not a barren wasteland from the volcano so many years ago. It has grown back beautifully and is a great location to do a variety of activities. You could do a helicopter tour with your partner and see the mountain like you never have before. There are a great number of hikes that you can do. If you want to take a hike to the crater you will need to get a special pass.
Horsethief Lake – Now on to the other side of the mountains. This location is on the Columbia River. Because it is Eastern Washington, you will want to be ready for it to be much hotter than Western Washington. Summer days can be easily in the 100’s. But if you are looking for a majestic butte to have has your elopement background with a crystal blue river, you can’t beat this location. Once again, sunrise and sunset times will be best to keep down the heat. There are a bunch of petroglyphs in the area and other amazing history to be seen and researched. You could have a canoe ride in Horsethief Lake and spend a nice romantic moment with your partner.
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