The Columbia River Gorge lies between Oregon and Washington and is the largest National Scenic Area is the US! The expansive canyon view gives ample space for the perfect PNW elopement location. If you’re trying to find the best place to elope in Oregon or Washington; this blog post is for you! With a variety of landscape options to choose from, you could go from waterfall to canyon to forest in no time!
Some Forest Service recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area require a day use fee – so be sure to head over to the National Forest Service to prepare for your trip! Now explore these top 5 elopement locations in Oregon!
An easy and accessible waterfall elopement location.You have the option to do the full 2 mile loop to see the upper falls, or stick to the quick and easy 5 minute stroll to the lower falls. This one you can walk right up to (and even behind if you want to cool off!) Since it is one of the easier locations to get to, and right near the Columbia River Gorge; this trail can be popular during peak seasons/days.
Government Cove Peninsula is a gorgeous recreational area with plenty of space for exploring – and eloping! There’s ample opportunity around for camping, kayaking, fishing – the adventurous couples dream! Located just under an hour from Portland, you could easily make this a day trip – or a week long adventure alone the Columbia River Gorge!
Located only 1.5 hours from Portland on the Columbia River Gorge, this dreamy viewpoint makes for the best photo location for an adventurous elopement! The viewpoint is open year-round, and the surrounding trails like McCall Point are open from May through October! Check out this blog post for more Rowena Crest Elopement photos!
This gorgeous outdoor wedding venue in Oregon is the PERFECT spot for an intimate elopement. The Griffin House offers flexible options for both small and large weddings; and then the option to stay over night as well! If you’re looking for a customizable venue that allows you the freedom to bring in vendors this is an amazing option! And then you have the luxury of amazing Columbia River Gorge views; as well as a comfortable space to celebrate!
And then we have the star of today’s post: Horsethief Butte. Located just about an hour outside of Portland, OR to the west, and Mt. Hood to the South; Columbia Hills is the perfect elopement location. With expansive meadows and views of the Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance; there’s so much dreamy space for epic wedding photos! The sheer cliffs of Horsethief Butte gave these Washington elopement photos an international vibe. And yet the trails are pretty accessible!
Serina + Sebastian’s Horsethief Butte elopement and adventure session below showcases just how epic of a location it is! And then if you need more convincing head over to this Treehouse Elopement Post! The perfect Columbia River Gorge elopement location. And also the perfect spot to get some epic drone elopement photos! My sweet husband has joined the team as videographer, so he was able to snag these amazing shots. Be on the lookout for more info on hiring your Oregon elopement photography and videography team!!
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