Sexiest Places to Elope
All the joys of arranging relatives peaceably around tables and mass ordering of embossed napkins aside, opting to elope over planning a traditional wedding can be a refreshing and fun way to tie the knot. And for over-the-moon lovers who also happen to be afflicted with serious wanderlust, there's no better excuse for hitting the road together. We've sussed out the best US destinations for saying "I do" in a hurry, so you can head straight to the honeymoon.
The myriad ski resorts and public parks perched over crystal-clear Lake Tahoe mean scenic views are standard with any Reno marriage ceremony. And getting a license is as easy as popping into the Reno courthouse, which conveniently stays open from 8 a.m. until midnight every day. Elopements are such big business, in fact, that there's even a resource guide on the city's official tourism website.
Park City, Utah
With what you'll save in floral arrangements and bridesmaid updos, you and your sweetheart can plant yourselves in a luxury apartment at the sophisticated Sky Lodge, newly opened in December 2007. The 5-star property's haute-design edge purportedly attracted the eye of the Jolie-Pitt clan pre-Sundance. Most rooms have multiple private whirlpools perched on terraces with views of Main Street and the mountains.
The Calistoga Ranch offers elopement packages in the setting of a secluded canyon. The resort's private vineyard and lake make beautiful backdrops for saying "I do." And rooms at the ranch are actually freestanding love nests with secluded decks, outdoor fireplaces and al fresco rain showers with lush forest views.
But when it comes to the quirkiest place to elope, you can't beat renting a convertible and road-tripping your way toward happily-ever-after in the Florida Keys. You can set nuptials to a Hemingway theme in Key West, complete with a Papa look-alike to do the honors. Or say your vows in a saltwater lagoon alongside dolphins on the private island of Duck Key, where Hawks Cay Resort runs special elopement packages.