5 Stunning Glacier National Park Elopement Locations | Montana Elopement Photographer


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Glacier National Park has so many locations that are perfect for your elopement day but here are 5 of my favorite spots to photograph couples that I think you’d enjoy, too!

1. Swiftcurrent Lake and Swiftcurrent Falls, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park


Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Lake (left) Swiftcurrent Falls (right)Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Lake (left) Swiftcurrent Falls (right)

Many Glacier Hotel and Swiftcurrent Lake (left) Swiftcurrent Falls (right)

Although this place is by far my favorite to visit at sunrise to get the beautiful alpenglow on the mountains, I love the epic views no matter what time of day it is. There is everything in this area from open fields to roaring waterfalls and a beautiful lake with towering mountains. The Many Glacier Hotel also has delicious breakfast buffet options and has never let me down!

I love the combination of epic mountain views and endless possibilities that this area of Glacier National Park has. I’m always down for a day of hiking and exploring in the Many Glacier area and never get tired of a sunrise or sunset spent here.


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Swiftcurrent Lake, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

If we’re especially lucky on a cloudy and rainy day, we’d catch the fog rolling across the lake while the boat departs Many Glacier Hotel for one of its many trips to Lake Josephine. I absolutely love the moody vibes of the hidden mountains and cool tones of the water and clouds!

Rain or shine, the Many Glacier area is beyond gorgeous and makes for a diverse, epic backdrop for your elopement day!

 

2. Lake McDonald, West Glacier, Glacier National Park


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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald is a Glacier National Park classic. People come from around the world to see the iconic colored rocks and see-through water. It’s easily accessed from Kalispell and the west entrance of Glacier National Park. Some fun activities in this area include kayaking, a delicious ice cream shop, and a beautiful dock that makes for beautiful photos at sunset (or a fun jumping off point if you’re not scared of the frigid water).

I’ve found that it’s best in the off-season. Since it is so easily accessible, it can get more difficult during peak months to escape the crowds and have the shore or iconic dock to yourselves!

 

3. Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park


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Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana

Calling all roadside adventurers – this location was made for you! If you want epic views but aren’t quite feeling lots of hiking on your elopement day, look no further. The Going to the Sun Road is usually open by the 4th of July and every single year I get so excited for that first drive I take along it! The waterfalls are gushing with water from the melting snow and the views never get old. There are so many stunning spots to pull off along the road and it takes my breath away every time I have the opportunity to drive it!

My favorite time of year for elopements along the Going to the Sun Road is mid-July. The wildflowers and beargrass are in full bloom and it makes for an absolutely stunning backdrop for your elopement day. I love going at sunrise before the crowds, but it’s equally stunning at sunset, too!

 

4. McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park


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McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park

McDonald Creek can be accessed from multiple spots along the Going to the Sun Road. Although I love the tranquility and soft light of the creek first thing in the morning, the golden sunlight in the evenings hitting the mountains is truly magical and makes for really stunning, vivid photos!

 

5. Running Eagle Falls & Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park


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Running Eagle Falls, Two Medicine, Glacier National Park

Running Eagle Falls is one of the easiest accessible waterfalls in Glacier National Park. It only requires about a quarter-mile leisurely walk from the parking lot and in the early season, around July, there are actually two waterfalls!


Two Medicine Lake Overlook (top) and Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park (bottom)Two Medicine Lake Overlook (top) and Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park (bottom)

Two Medicine Lake Overlook (top) and Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park (bottom)

I enjoy the Two Medicine area most around sunset but it’s hard to beat the beautiful alpenglow you get on the mountains when the sun rises in the morning. 

I hope this helped you get just a glimpse of how stunning Glacier National Park truly is. The easy part is deciding to elope in Glacier – but the tough part for sure is deciding the “where” aspect of it all. Luckily though, you truly can’t go wrong and every place has a beauty of its own.