If you are searching for the perfect place to elope in the lower 48, look no further. Glacier National Park offers dramatic landscapes, epic hikes, accessible views, and beautiful water features to take in. I am SO glad you are considering eloping in GNP – this beautiful, dreamy gem is near-and-dear to my heart. Whether you’re in search of an adventure filled day or a relaxing ceremony near the water, you can’t go wrong here. Glacier offers expansive locations for your friends and family to surround you on your elopement day, or you can opt for a private ceremony in a location just for the two of you. This blog is designed to guide you through the Best Places to Elope in Glacier National Park. I’m so excited for you to decide where to say “I do.”
Before we dive into it, I wanted to touch on the legalities of getting married in a national park. Make sure to refer to my How to Elope in Montana blog to ensure you’ve covered all the bases when it comes to eloping in Big Sky Country. With tying the knot in a national park, though, there are a couple of other steps to be aware of.
When planning your Glacier National Park elopement, please note that peak season is May through October – which means: more limitations in that time period. Have no fear though, friend. There is plenty of this incredible place to go around.
Let’s get into it now! I want to start by showing the different “zones” or “districts” within the park. From there, I will let you in on my top picks for the Best Places to Elope in Glacier National Park. There are 5 districts within the park that are filled with epic locations for you to say “I do”. The list was recently updated for 2022 weddings and elopements, so I promise you’re receiving the most updated info. While the National Park Service has put together a pretty overwhelming list, I’m here to help break it down for you (and point you in the direction of finding the perfect spot for your elopement).
If you’ve done any research into the best places to visit in GNP, you’ve probably come across Lake McDonald. Coming in from Whitefish, this is one of the first spots to stop to marvel at the beauty from the west entrance. This district offers a variety of popular locations to elope or have an intimate ceremony. My biggest tip is to apply for permits early for any locations within the Lake McDonald District.
Being noted as “off the beaten path”, this district isn’t the easiest to get to. New in 2022, there is a separate permit required to access the road that leads to Polebridge Mercantile and Bowman Lake. This district is a must-see, but not the most accessible. If you feel pulled to this area, make sure to double check on vehicle permits or choose to elope in the off-season.
If solitude and a calm atmosphere is more up your alley, the Two Medicine/Walton District might be for you. The locations within this district are perfect for an elopement that is just you and your honey. While there are a few locations in this district that can accommodate a group of people, make sure to verify the maximum number as well as the time limit.
Another busy area of the park, the sweeping views of St. Mary Lake makes it worth it. To avoid large crowds, opt for a sunrise or sunset ceremony. There are even sweet little picnic areas that are easily accessible and give way to the incredible views of the peaks. Be sure to add Sun Point to your list – and take in the view at sunrise… it’s unmatched.
If accommodations are on the top of your list, Many Glacier might be the best option for you! Many Glacier Hotel is in the area, which is perfect for your friends or families coming to your ceremony. With beautiful lake views, the beaches can accommodate up to 15 people – perfect for an intimate ceremony.
Okay, now that you have seen the National Park Service charts laid out, let’s finally get into my list of the:
Keep in mind that these are locations for ceremonies. There are endless trails and locations we can take portraits at. Throughout any time you spend in any National Park, remember that it is our job to support and take care of the lands that we love in hopes that we can return one day. As a Leave No Trace photographer, I take pride in caring for our environment and protecting it in any way I can, which means complying with permit regulations and requirements. In sharing my list of the Best Places to Elope in Glacier National Park, please continue to take care of our planet!
Not only do I take pride in caring for our environment, I LOVE adventuring with couples and telling their love stories. Capturing an elopement is something that isn’t like any other wedding day. Being out-and-about in a new (or familiar, well-loved) place fills my heart like you wouldn’t believe. If you are ready to wander with me, I’d love to connect and start telling your love story. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@sydneybreannphoto) for behind-the-scenes of my travels, incredible couples, and more. Are you ready to wander?
*Disclosure: Please note, I take no credit for any of these photos. All photos are from GlacierNPS’s public domain on flickr.com – unless noted SBP (Sydney Breann Photography). All charts are courtesy of NPS.gov