It’s no secret that Montana tops my list for the best places to elope in the U.S. As a Montana Elopement and Intimate Wedding photographer, I might be biased… but can you blame me!? From the breathtaking mountains to the wide open flat lands where you feel like you can see for miles, I’m yet to find a place that isn’t photogenic. Before we dive into my list of (some of) the BEST Places to Elope in Montana, let’s take a look at a few of the offerings of Big Sky Country:
If these alone aren’t enough to convince you to elope in Montana, keep reading. I gotchu.
Glacier National Park undoubtedly has the most breathtaking landscape in all of Montana. With over 1 million acres of preserved glacier-carved landscape, turquoise lakes, and over 700 miles of hiking trails, your jaw is guaranteed to constantly be dropping.
While there is plenty of space to explore, be sure to keep in mind times of the year that are most crowded in Glacier. The National Park Service offers a ton of information on the best times to visit. Although your elopement photographer will have information on finding a particular location in Glacier, the NPS also outlines closures and other resources that are helpful. For the most recent regulations for getting married in the park, click here.
Whitefish, Montana is a dream for ski-enthusiasts and those that want to be closer to more amenities. With a plethora of outdoor activities and accessibility options, Whitefish is perfect for a microwedding, and is the gateway to Glacier National Park!
Don’t sleep on National Forests. Flathead National Forest includes 2.4 million acres of wilderness. No matter what time of year it is, the lakes, rivers, and Rocky Mountains make a perfect backdrop for your Montana elopement, microwedding, or intimate wedding.
If you’re wanting to explore some other states during your elopement (even though Montana has more than you could ever possibly see), Lolo National Forest is located in Western Montana on the Idaho border. With a variety of rental cabins ranging from mountain lookout views to historical log cabins located along the turquoise streams, you can’t go wrong here.
Did you know that Bozeman, Montana is referred to as “the most livable place”?! Bozeman is the perfect basecamp to explore the wonders listed below. Eloping near Bozeman gives you and your honey the opportunity to take in the wilderness and still have access to amenities (Target, fine dining, etc.).
The Beartooth Mountains are home to the 41 highest peaks in Montana. Beartooth Scenic Highway has been dubbed “the most beautiful roadway in America” – it’s 100% worth the drive for these views. Please note that the highway is open from Memorial Day-Mid October (weather permitting).
Bitterroot National Forest, located in southwest Montana and Idaho features unbelievable mountains, peaceful wilderness, and fragrant Spring flowers. Take in the diverse landscape of rugged peaks and vast rangelands.
The Kootenai National Forest brings you to the north! Located in the Northwestern corner of Montana (and Northeastern corner of Idaho), Canada is a stone’s throw away. You’ll feel like you’re on the Oregon Trail with the abundance of trees, turquoise rivers, and snow capped mountain views.
Alright, my friend! That about wraps up my list of the Best Places to Elope in Montana. Montana offers so much diversity in the landscape; it’s nearly impossible not to find a location that is perfect for your nuptials.
Stay tuned for my “How to Elope in Montana” blog coming soon! I’ll be letting you in on all the legal and logistical details you need to know before making it official. Be sure to follow me over on Instagram @sydneybreannphoto to be the first to know when my blogs are live. If you’re searching for a spot to stay while eloping in Montana, be sure to check out the Best Elopement Vacation Rentals in Montana for some inspiration! Are you ready to wander?
*disclaimer: none of the photos besides the featured image are mine. I claim no ownership to the rights of the photos included in this blog (beyond the first/featured image).