With people getting more comfortable traveling again, couples looking to throw a destination wedding are ready to start planning. While most people envision a destination wedding as an overseas event—whether it’s a tropical locale or a European city—there are plenty of beautiful locations to say I do in the United States. Here are a few places to inspire your search.
The red rock spires and buttes make for a breathtaking backdrop during the ceremony and in photographs, and couples who want to be in touch with their spiritual sides when they say their vows will enjoy exploring the city’s vortexes, which are “swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration,” according to Sedona’s tourism site.
Napa Valley, California
Wine lovers will have a hard time coming up with a more perfect place to tie the knot. But in addition to its beautiful wineries, the locale is also home to Lake Berryessa, one of the largest bodies of water in California, as well as plenty of trails for hiking and biking, and gorgeous golf courses for anyone who wants to play.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Those looking to get married in a winter wonderland will love Colorado Springs, which offers impressive views of the Rocky Mountains, as well as skiing resorts within driving distance. Not into the cold? The area is just a pretty in the summer, with locations including the Garden of the Gods, with its majestic rock formations. Or take a ride to Manitou Springs. located just outside Colorado Springs, to see its mineral springs and mountain landscapes.
Cumberland Island, Georgia
Georgia’s largest barrier island is home to protected beaches and maritime forests. Cumberland Island is accessible only by ferry and has one prime wedding locale: Greyfield Inn. Of course, if you’re looking for something more rustic, you can also get hitched at one of the island’s campgrounds.
The nation’s capital offers plenty of perfect wedding locations—not to mention tons of things for guests to do while in town. From museums and historical tours to cultural events, this could be a trip to remember for everyone. We love the idea of getting married in the spring when D.C.’s famous cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
The state is known for some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the country, particularly right outside of the Portland area, along the Columbia Gorge, along the North Umpqua River, or along the McKenzie River.
Key West, Florida
The home of famed author Ernest Hemingway, Key West is rich in art and culture. Visit one of the bars and restaurants on bustling Duval Street, and then take in the “sunset celebration” at Mallory Square. The Key West Garden Club’s gazebo is a unique place to say I do or right on one of the location’s beautiful beaches.
Catalina Island, California
Located just 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, Catalina is like visiting an island paradise while still be close to the city. It’s known for its wildlife, dive sites, and Mt. Orizaba, its highest peak. There are plenty of ocean-view accommodations and places to eat, as well as a variety of things to do. Land lovers can shop, golf, hike, and bike, while those that enjoy the water can fish, scuba dive, jet ski, parasail, and more.
Looking for a location guests won’t expect? Hold your vows in front of one of Alaska’s many glaciers and mountains for a view that will leave everyone speechless. If it’s just the two of you, think about a helicopter elopement and get married right on a snow-covered mountaintop. While the state conjures up images of snow and ice, it's beautiful in the summer months as well. For example. Kenai Lake—a 2.5-hour drive from Anchorage—is known for its turquoise waters, where people can fish, kayak, and more.
Guests will feel they have been transported to Germany in this Alpine-style village. There are specialty shops, eclectic dining, spas, and accommodations. For adventure seekers, the town also boasts hiking, biking, horseback trails, climbing, and white-water rafting.
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