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April 21, 2024

The Best Places to Elope in Alaska

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Dreaming of an intimate elopement surrounded by nature’s grandeur? Look no further than Alaska! Covering over 663,000 square miles, it’s the largest state in the U.S., boasting a vast array of landscapes and elopement destinations. Each region offers its own charm and adventures, from the northern lights in Fairbanks to the dramatic coastline of Juneau. Whether you envision saying your vows amidst towering mountains, lush forests, serene lakes, or breathtaking glaciers, Alaska has it all for couples seeking a romantic and adventurous elopement experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best places to elope in the Last Frontier.

Juneau


Juneau, Alaska’s capital, offers a rugged coastal setting perfect for eloping couples. Nestled between the towering mountains of the Tongass National Forest and the clear waters of the Inside Passage, Juneau boasts glaciers, waterfalls, and lush rainforests as a picturesque backdrop for your special day. Dive into the city’s vibrant cultural scene and rich indigenous heritage of the Tlingit people. While Juneau is ‘land-locked’ and accessible only by boat or airplane, it’s a popular cruise ship destination and an ideal spot for adventurous couples seeking an unforgettable elopement experience by the water.

Mount Roberts


Mount Roberts, towering near downtown Juneau, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, Gastineau Channel, and surrounding mountains. Rising over 3,800 feet (1,160 meters) above sea level, it’s a favorite spot for outdoor lovers. The short hike to the Father Brown Cross is popular for elopements. Conveniently, the Mount Roberts Tramway provides easy access to the summit from downtown cruise ship docks, making it accessible for couples arriving by cruise ship.

Skater’s Cabin


Skater’s Cabin Picnic Shelter sits on the southwest shore of Mendenhall Lake, opposite the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center. The stone cabin features a covered porch, picnic tables, a wood stove, and a spacious outdoor fire pit. While the cabin’s interior may lack natural light for photos, its surroundings make it a sought-after spot for elopements and intimate weddings. Despite its small beach area, it offers stunning vistas of Mendenhall Lake and the glacier.

Nugget Falls

Nugget Falls is a towering waterfall cascading approximately 377 feet into Mendenhall Lake, fueled by meltwater from the Nugget Glacier. Accessible via a branch trail halfway along the route to Mendenhall Glacier Lookout Point, the easy trail winds along the eastern shore of Mendenhall Lake, through mossy rainforest, to the base of the majestic falls. The sand flat at the waterfall’s foot offers ample space for exploration, with views of Mendenhall Glacier and drifting icebergs on the lake. Note that the trail can be flooded at times and may become crowded with locals during sunny days and tourists when multiple cruise ships dock in town.

Mendenhall Glacier

Getting married on top of a glacier is about as adventurous and non-traditional as it gets when it comes to your wedding day. It is hard to explain just how small you feel on top of a massive and ancient glacier; It’s truly otherworldly. If you’re interested in eloping on the Mendenhall Glacier, there are 3 helicopter companies that can fly you there: TemscoCoastal, and NorthStar. The pilots are always searching for landing spots with the coveted blue ice pools. but due to weather and the fact that the glacier is constantly moving and changing, for safety reasons it’s not always possible to land near them.

Herbert Glacier


Herbert Glacier, accessible by helicopter from Juneau, offers stunning views that rival its more famous counterpart, Mendenhall Glacier. While Herbert Glacier is a bit farther out, resulting in a pricier but more scenic flight, its secluded location sets it apart. Unlike Mendenhall, which sees constant tour traffic, Herbert Glacier offers a quieter, more intimate experience for elopements without the distraction of helicopters or tour groups.

Activities for your Juneau Elopement

Vendors serving this area

Elopement Planner: Alaska Weddings

Photographer: Wild Iris Studios

Videographer: Sorril Media

Florals: Martha’s Flowers and Gifts

Bakers: Costa Brava Patisserie

Seward and the Kenai Peninsula

Seward, Alaska, nestled on the shores of Resurrection Bay, surrounded by majestic mountains, offers an idyllic setting for intimate elopements. Its natural beauty, outdoor activities, and proximity to Kenai Fjords National Park make it a romantic escape. With pristine coastal views, lush forests, and secluded beaches, Seward provides the perfect backdrop for private ceremonies. Adventure-seekers can hike, kayak, or take boat tours to explore glaciers and hidden coves for a unique experience. The town’s charming downtown, with local shops and eateries, adds to its cozy atmosphere. Conveniently located near Anchorage, Seward is an accessible and picturesque choice for couples and their guests.

Fox Island and Resurrection Bay

Photos by Resurrection Bay Sailing Charters

Fox Island, near Seward, Alaska, provides an enchanting backdrop for waterfront elopements amidst breathtaking scenery. Accessible via Resurrection Bay, which boasts deep blue waters, towering mountains, and lush forests, it offers a picturesque setting for intimate ceremonies. This secluded island features rocky shores, clear waters, and stunning views. Reach Fox Island by joining a boat tour from Seward, enjoying coastal views and marine life along the journey. For a unique experience, consider chartering a private sailboat with Resurrection Bay Sailing Charters. Upon arrival, discover serene beaches and cozy coves perfect for your ceremony.

Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier, a stunning location for glacier-elopements, lies just a short drive from Seward. Accessible via the Seward Highway and Herman Leirer Road, you’ll find the Exit Glacier Nature Center, marking the start of your adventure. Follow easy trails to mesmerizing glacier views, where icy blue hues blend with lush forest greens, creating a breathtaking backdrop. With various spots along the trail or at scenic overlooks, you’ll capture countless beautiful photos. Elope at Exit Glacier for a truly unforgettable experience, blending adventure and romance in Alaska’s awe-inspiring beauty.

Lowell Point Beach

Photos from Travelling Igloo

Lowell Point Beach, a secluded paradise south of Seward, is ideal for intimate weddings or elopements. Accessible via Lowell Point Road, the scenic drive treats you to Resurrection Bay views. Upon arrival, you’ll find a tranquil beach nestled amidst lush forest and majestic mountains. Its smooth pebbles and driftwood create a charming ceremony setting, while gentle waves set a romantic ambiance. With breathtaking bay and mountain views, it’s a picture-perfect spot for memorable photos.

Salted Roots

Ever thought about a cabin elopement? Look no further than Salted Roots Cabins, just a short drive from Seward on Lowell Point. These cozy retreats offer secluded luxury for couples seeking an intimate escape. Catering to the ‘anti-tourist’, they provide a home away from home ambiance. Accessible via Seward Highway and Nash Road, the drive treats you to stunning bay and mountain views. Arrive at a serene hideaway surrounded by lush forest and mountain vistas. The iconic A-frame cabins, each with a unique colored door, exude charm and coziness. Get ready, exchange vows against a majestic mountain backdrop, explore the beach, enjoy a private picnic, and end the day with a campfire or sauna under the stars, all in one place.

Elopement Activities in Seward

Vendors serving this area

Photographer: Wild Iris Studios

Videographer: Sorril Media

Florals: Honeybloom Florals

Bakers: Alaska Wedding Cake Boutique

Girdwood


Girdwood, Alaska, is a delightful mountain town nestled in the scenic Turnagain Arm of the Chugach National Forest. Known for its lush greenery, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking mountain views, Girdwood provides a romantic and intimate setting for couples wanting to elope. The town is home to the Alyeska Resort, offering luxurious accommodations and a range of outdoor activities. Whether you’re into hiking, skiing, scenic tram rides, or unwinding in natural hot springs, Girdwood has you covered. Its natural beauty makes it a perfect backdrop for a memorable elopement, whether you’re dreaming of a winter wonderland or a summer adventure.

Virgin Creek Falls


Virgin Creek Falls in Girdwood, Alaska, is a peaceful and magical spot for couples wanting to elope in a naturally beautiful setting. To get there, drive along the scenic Seward Highway south from Anchorage to Girdwood. Once in town, take Alyeska Highway, then turn onto Timberline Drive, and follow it to the trailhead.

The trail to Virgin Creek Falls is short and easy, winding through a lush forest before you reach the stunning 20-foot waterfall. The sound of the rushing water and the sight of the cascading falls create a peaceful, romantic vibe for your big day. The area around the falls is quiet and intimate, making it a great spot for an elopement.

Elope at Virgin Creek Falls for a memorable experience surrounded by Alaska’s natural beauty. The greenery and beautiful waterfall provide a picture-perfect backdrop for saying your vows and taking photos. Whether you want a small ceremony at the base of the falls or along the trail, Virgin Creek Falls offers an intimate and charming atmosphere for your elopement.

Alyeska


Alyeska Ski Resort and Spa offers a breathtaking setting for ski-loving couples seeking a memorable elopement or wedding in the mountains. Upon arrival, you’ll discover a luxurious resort nestled in the Chugach Mountains, blending adventure and relaxation. With a spa, and dining options, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic getaway for those who enjoy a little luxury with their adventure. Choose from various ceremony locations: the mountaintop, accessible by tram, offers panoramic views, as do many of the hiking trails within the resort.

Winner Creek Gorge

Winner Creek Gorge is a breathtaking natural wonder renowned for its lush forest, picturesque waterfalls, and the captivating emerald waters of Winner Creek. Eloping here promises an intimate and enchanting experience, with the serene sounds of the creek and the awe-inspiring beauty of the gorge setting a romantic backdrop.

To reach Winner Creek Gorge, travel to Girdwood, approximately 40 miles southeast of Anchorage along the scenic Seward Highway. Access the Winner Creek Trailhead via Alyeska Resort, and take an easy and enjoyable hike through the forest. The trail leads you to the gorge where you can stand on a wooden bridge while the falls thunder beneath you.

Elopement Activities in Girdwood

Vendors serving this area

Photographer: Wild Iris Studios

Videographer: Josh Vassar

Florals: Honeybloom Florals

Bakers: Alaska Wedding Cake Boutique

The Matanuska-Susitna Valley

The Matanuska-Susitna Valley, fondly known as Mat-Su Valley, is an ideal destination for couples seeking a scenic elopement in Alaska. Just a drive away from Anchorage via the Glenn Highway, this valley welcomes you with its expansive vistas, encompassing rugged mountains, verdant forests, and wide-open spaces.

Eloping in Mat-Su Valley guarantees an unforgettable and laid-back experience. Whether you’re into hiking, fishing, or simply soaking in the stunning views, there’s something here for everyone. Its close proximity to Anchorage and plethora of natural wonders make it a prime choice for couples desiring an Alaskan elopement surrounded by nature’s splendor, with the added convenience of urban amenities nearby.

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass, with its iconic Hatcher Pass Lodge and charming red cabins, is an Alaskan dreamland for eloping couples. A scenic drive along Hatcher Pass Road from Palmer or Wasilla offers breathtaking mountain views. Upon reaching the lodge, you’ll discover cozy cabins, rustic charm, and panoramic vistas of the Talkeetna Mountains.

What sets Hatcher Pass and the lodge apart is its laid-back, remote atmosphere – perfect for an intimate elopement. Whether you prefer saying “I do” against towering peaks or in a tranquil meadow filled with wildflowers, the lodge and its surroundings offer numerous picture-perfect spots for adventurous couples.

To see more images from this location and to learn more about eloping in Hatcher Pass, see my featured blog post on Wandering Weddings.

Summit Lake


Summit Lake in Hatcher Pass is a dreamy spot for couples to tie the knot. Just take a scenic drive along Hatcher Pass Road from Palmer or Wasilla to get there. As you wind up the mountain, you’ll be treated to stunning views of meadows, peaks, and waterfalls. Once at Summit Lake, you’ll find crystal-clear emerald waters and breathtaking mountain backdrops, perfect for your ceremony. You may even spot paragliders in the skies above you.

Eklutna Lake

Eklutna Lake is a serene and picturesque destination nestled in Chugach State Park, just about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska. This stunning glacier-fed lake stretches for around 7 miles and is surrounded by lush forests and towering mountains, creating a peaceful and romantic backdrop for an elopement. The calm, clear waters offer a lovely setting for exchanging vows by the shoreline, and the natural beauty of the area makes for breathtaking photos. To get to Eklutna Lake, simply take the scenic Glenn Highway north from Anchorage, then follow signs to the lake once you reach the Eklutna Lake exit. There’s plenty of parking and access to the lakeside for a beautiful and intimate ceremony. Plus, after the ceremony, you can enjoy a hike, bike ride, or paddle on the lake to celebrate your elopement.

Knik River

The Knik River is a picturesque river flowing through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in Alaska, known for its stunning views and tranquil surroundings. Eloping near the Knik River offers a serene and romantic setting, whether you choose a spot along the riverbank or on one of the nearby trails. The river’s glacial waters have a beautiful turquoise hue, and the surrounding landscapes include lush forests and majestic mountains, providing a dreamy backdrop for exchanging vows. To get to the Knik River, take the Old Glenn Highway from Anchorage, then follow signs towards Palmer. You’ll find several access points and viewpoints along the river, offering plenty of options for a memorable and intimate elopement ceremony. One of my favorite places to elope and staying along the Knik river is at Lulu’s Tents and events.

To see more images from this location, see my featured blog post on Wandering Weddings.

Matanuska Glacier



Matanuska Glacier, a massive icy wonder, is a sight to behold. Spanning approximately 27 miles, this easily accessible glacier showcases stunning blue hues, deep crevasses, and rugged ice formations. To get here drive along the Glenn Highway until you reach the entrance to Matanuska Glacier Park. Once you arrive, join a guided tour to explore the glacier on foot, which is the only way to access the Matanuska Glacier. Walking on the glacier unveils incredible sights, from ice caves to shimmering formations, making it a must-visit destination for those eager to experience Alaska’s glacial beauty up close.

Elopement Activities in the Mat-Su Valley

Vendors serving this area

Photographer: Wild Iris Studios

Videographer: Kat Barron

Florals: The Teal Door

Bakers: Alaska Wedding Cake Boutique

Interior Alaska

Interior Alaska is a vast and remote region known for its rugged beauty, including towering mountains, expansive tundra, and winding rivers. Getting there often involves flying into Fairbanks, which serves as the main hub for the region, or flying into Anchorage and driving north. From Fairbanks, you can easily explore the surrounding areas like Denali National Park, Chena Hot Springs, and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The region’s long summer days and northern lights in winter add a touch of magic to any interior Alaska adventure. Plus, its untouched wilderness offers an escape from the ordinary, giving you the chance to start your journey together in one of the most wild and untouched parts of the world.

Denali National Park and Preserve is the highlight of interior Alaska. It’s a stunning natural gem and a top-notch choice for eloping couples. The park is home to Denali, North America’s tallest peak, and plenty of wildlife to see, including dall shee, moose, caribou, and wolves. If you’re an adventure-loving couple who appreciates amazing landscapes, Denali delivers a one-of-a-kind rustic and romantic getaway.

Denali National Park – Horseshoe Lake


Horseshoe Lake is a peaceful and beautiful spot located within Denali National Park. This picturesque lake is known for its distinctive horseshoe shape and stunning surroundings, including lush forests and towering mountains. To get there, take the park road to the Horseshoe Lake trailhead, which is a short drive from the park entrance. The trail to the lake is an easy and scenic hike, winding through the forest and offering glimpses of the park’s wildlife, including beavers that have built dams in the area. Once you reach the lake, you’ll find several viewpoints along the shore that offer the perfect spot for your ceremony. Afterward, you can take a leisurely walk around the lake or simply enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful corner of Denali.

Denali National Park – Savage River

Savage River in Denali National Park is nature’s own secluded wedding venue – tranquil, breathtaking, and tucked away from the world. Imagine saying “I do” with the gentle rush of the river as your soundtrack and maybe catching a glimpse of some caribou or playful marmots. Getting there is easy: just drive along the park road until you reach Mile 15 to the Savage River parking area. From there, walk along the scenic Savage River Loop Trail, a leisurely 2-mile hike offering numerous idyllic spots for your ceremony. Want an even grander vista? Consider tackling the slightly more challenging Savage Alpine Trail for panoramic views of the park and, if you’re lucky, a majestic sighting of Mount Denali itself.

Denali National Park – Wonder Lake

Wonder Lake in Denali National Park is a dreamy spot for couples to elope in a breathtaking setting. Getting there is part of the adventure – just catch a shuttle bus from the Denali Visitor Center and enjoy the scenic ride until you reach the Wonder Lake stop. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the tranquil waters of Wonder Lake, often framed by the majestic Denali itself. It’s the perfect backdrop for a romantic ceremony, whether you’re surrounded by vibrant wildflowers in the summer or a serene blanket of snow in the winter. What makes Wonder Lake special is its unmatched views of Denali and its untouched atmosphere. You can exchange vows by the lakeside or explore one of the nearby trails for a more intimate spot.

Sheldon Chalet

Sheldon Chalet is a luxurious and exclusive retreat nestled on a nunatak (a rocky outcrop) in Denali National Park, offering a once-in-a-lifetime elopement experience. Perched on the flanks of Denali, the chalet provides awe-inspiring views of the mountain and surrounding glaciers, making it a truly breathtaking location for exchanging vows. Imagine saying “I do” with the majestic Denali as your backdrop and the stunning Alaska Range stretching out in every direction.

To get to Sheldon Chalet, you’ll need to arrange a helicopter flight from either Anchorage or Talkeetna, as it’s the only way to reach the remote location. The journey itself is an adventure, with stunning aerial views of the park’s snow-covered peaks and glaciers. Once you arrive, the chalet offers a cozy and intimate setting, complete with luxurious amenities and personalized services for your special day. The serene and secluded environment allows you to focus on each other, making your elopement at Sheldon Chalet an unforgettable experience.

Borealis Basecamp

Images above from Alaska.org

Borealis Basecamp, just a stone’s throw from Fairbanks, Alaska, is the ultimate spot for couples craving a magical elopement under the northern lights. These cool geodesic domes with clear ceilings let you snuggle up and watch the Aurora Borealis dance right above you—imagine tying the knot with that celestial show! Getting there is a breeze: just drive up the Elliott Highway from Fairbanks, following the signs. Once you’re there, settle into your cozy “igloo” dome. After your “I dos,” dive into outdoor adventures like snowshoeing or dog sledding, then cozy up by the fire, waiting for the lights to steal the show. Borealis Basecamp serves up a blend of adventure, romance, and natural wonder for a totally unique elopement like no other.

Elopement Activities in Interior Alaska

Vendors serving this area

Photographer: Wild Iris Studios

Videographer: Sorril Media

Florals: Honeybloom Florals

Bakers: Alaska Wedding Cake Boutique

Final Thoughts

In a nutshell, Alaska serves up some seriously stunning spots for couples itching for an unforgettable elopement. Whether you’re into glacier gazing in Kenai Fjords, soaking up Seward’s coastal charm, or getting lost in Denali’s wilderness, Alaska has your back. From epic mountain views to serene lakefronts, each spot brings its own flavor to your special day. With its vast wilderness and jaw-dropping scenery, Alaska’s got everything you need for a dreamy elopement in nature’s playground.

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