California Elopement Locations You Should Consider
20 Best Places to Elope in California
Has the idea of eloping in California been intriguing you?! Have you been wondering where the best places to elope in California are?
Well, after this post, that little curiosity may turn into a full-on plan because I’ve got SOOO many gorgeous California elopement locations to share with you that I’m certain you’ll want for your day!
Please note: All locations mentioned are outdoor areas that need your care! Please follow all Leave No Trace principles (especially with wildflowers) and enjoy these beautiful, wild places! Permits may be required. As your California elopement photographer, I can help you navigate picking a location, acquiring permits, and following LNT principles!
Here are the top 20 best places to elope in California! Enjoy!
Moñtana De Oro
Ok, this place is gorge, right?! It’s calm, quiet, and there’s both beach access as well as trails along the cliffs. What more could you ask for?!
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
What a hidden gem! Anza Borrego has all kinds of awesome nooks and crannies. Between the views at Font’s Point, the wildflowers that pop up every spring, and the mountain backdrops, I don’t know why it isn’t on more people’s radars! I guess we can just keep it to ourselves for now!
Yosemite National Park
Epic. Right?! That’s the one word that comes to mind?
Yose is such a special place! Because of that, it does have quite a few visitors every year so I always recommend having your Yosemite National Park elopement on a weekday to cut down on crowds!
Check out Lissa + Nate’s Yosemite Elopement for inspo!
If you love vintage campers, small-town charm, and mountain backdrops, then Ojai may be your place!!
Everyone knows about the wildflowers at Walker Canyon, but I like to take my clients to an equally as beautiful spot — yet significantly more private! Enjoy your own little slice of Lake Elsinore atop a wildflower-covered hill!
San Diego has SO many amazing spots, I’ve had to create a whole separate list just for this area! If you’re looking for stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, amazing sunsets, and rolling hills all in very close access to the best amenities, then San Diego must be your place!
Check out my full list of Dreamy Places to Elope in San Diego!
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Are you looking for STUNNING mountains?! Maybe some snowcapped ranges or summit hikes? I think some of the best mountain views California has to offer are right here in the center of the state. I’m happy to provide a full breakdown of the views that can be all yours! Just get in touch!
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Another hidden gem, Carrizo Plain National Monument, is such a neat spot! During the Spring, the landscape lights up with colorful wildflowers and I’m in awe every time I see it! The area is quite large so it’s easy to get away from the crowds and find your own little spot among the wildflowers 🌸
Mendocino Headlands State Park
If you are looking for an Oregon-esque rocky coastline view, Mendocino is just for you!
O’Neill Regional Park
I can never believe this little spot exists amongst the hustle and bustle of Orange county. Perfect for watching the sunrise over the mountains, this little hike in O’Neill Regional Park offers plenty of beautiful trees, camping, and a frog pond. Wicked cute, huh? If you need a close to home, peaceful paradise for your elopement day, this may be for you.
One of my favorite places to visit, Santa Barbara is the perfect mix between small town and city. It has everything you could ever want! Beautiful accommodations, local wine, lavender fields, mountains, rocky coastlines, and some serious local flavor.
Classic Laguna Beach is the perfect spot for the laid back surfers, VW bus enthusiasts, and hippie types (guilty as charged🙋🏻♀️). Quintessential Cali right here.
Laguna Beach has so many beautiful spots, like 1000 Steps Beach, Heisler Park, Crystal Cove State Park, and many more within walking distance to a world-class dining experience. If you are looking for a little bit of high-end mixed into your adventure — elope in Laguna Beach!
Glamis Sand Dunes
Sand dunes are entirely way toooo much fun. Are you looking to play in a giant sandbox? Because I am!
The Glamis Sand Dunes in Southern California offer a landscape that is unusual for the U.S., I just can’t get enough! If you are going for a boho vibe, my vote is you head to Glamis Sand Dunes for your California elopement location!
One of the best and most popular places to elope in California, Big Sur is a rugged, untouched section of the coast that is absolutely magical!! Foggy sunsets, crashing waves, and jutting mountains from the ocean horizon make this spot an absolute stunner for any couple interested in eloping in California.
Visit my Top 5 Tips for Eloping in Big Sur here!
Joshua Tree National Park
I grew up with Joshua Tree National Park as my backyard so it holds a special place in my heart. This area combines outdoor adventure with eclectic desert-town destinations. If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box getaway, this one’s for you!
More Joshua Tree elopement tips and details (i.e. footwear, temps, fun things to do) on the blog.
Channel Islands National Park
Want to feel like you are in a whole other world? The Channel Islands is off the beaten path and still has such a wild feel to it. The views are incredible and it’s hard to imagine a better, more private place to say your vows!
Sequoia National Park
Eloping at Sequoia National Park will make you feel small in all the best ways possible. This big tree forest is absolutely magical and pairs so well with all things boho. Grab your lover and head on out to Sequoia for the adventure of a lifetime!
Death Valley National Park
I bet you’ve never seen this national park make a “best places to elope in California” list before! Thanks to my friend Julie Haider for showing me it’s potential!
Death Valley has sand dunes, salt flats, and super interesting canyons! Not to mention the night sky is absolutely breathtaking!! (Hello cool stary night photos!) Just be sure to come in the cool months to make this elopement location shine!
When looking for places to elope in California, so many couples turn to the Bay Area! It is such a STUNNING and iconic section of the U.S. I have an entire post dedicated to this area because there’s just that much! Check out this full blog post Stunning Places to Elope in the Bay Area to get the lowdown.
Redwoods National and State Parks
Ahhh, the Redwoods. So enchanting!
This area is so unique because it brings the crashing waves, driftwood covered beaches, magical ancient trees, and lovely little coastal towns all together! What a special pick for your elopement experience!
Eloping in Malibu is never a bad idea. One of the dreamiest communities to drop in and be a part of for a day. Imagine waking up in a beautiful villa, dining at all the best restaurants, and getting to say your vows in one of the most gorgeous places on earth! Ok, I’m in. How about you?
Do you want to elope in California now or what?!
I’m so passionate about sharing all of the beauty California has to offer to eloping couples as well as sharing my personal secret locations + best tips to designing your favorite day ever! If you are interested in hearing more, fill out the pink contact form below!
Want more free resources? Check out:
What is an Elopement?
5 Secret Benefits of Eloping
How to Elope in California