Our Favorite Spots in the U.S. for Epic Engagement Photos

February 15, 2016 | nicole

25 US Locations for Epic Engagement Photos image by Boris Zaretsky Photography

Train track engagement sessions are a thing of the past as more and more couples opt for epic engagement photos in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations. Bali and Iceland of course make larger-than-life backdrops, but stateside couples don’t have to travel far for engagement photos that go above and beyond. From the mountains to the beach to miles and miles of sand, these are our 25 favorite spots in the U.S. for totally epic engagement photos.

1. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Stylish-Mountain-Engagement-at-Mount-Rainier-National-Park-Robert-J-Hill-Photography-10-of-22-600x900 image by Robert J Hill Photography, view the full post here

2. Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville, Florida

Woodsy-Engagement-Session-Withlacoochee-State-Forest-Jason-Mize-3-of-30-600x401 image by Jason Mize Photography, view the full post here

3. St. Augustine Beach, Florida

St-Augustine-Anniversary-Session-Connection-Photography-5-of-21-600x902 image by Connection Photography, view the full post here

4. Ice Castles of New Hampshire, Lincoln, New Hampshire

Snowy-Couple-Session-Ice-Castles-New-Hampshire-Darling-Photography-18-of-20-600x399 image by Darling Photography, view the full post here

5. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Romantic-Anniversary-Photo-Shoot-at-Point-Lobos-Hanna-Photography-31-600x900 image by Hanna Photography, view the full post here

6. El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California

Sunset-Engagement-El-Matadr-State-Beach-Anna-Delores-Photography-15-of-25-600x900 image by Anna Delores Photography, view the full post here

7. Shenandoah Mountain, Virginia

Rock-Climbing-Engagement-in-the-Shenandoah-Virginia-Mountains-Steven-Dray-7-600x400 image by Steven Dray Images, view the full post here

8. Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Illinois

Playful-Downtown-Chicago-Engagement-Photos-Eastlyn-Bright-0030-600x900 image by Eastlyn Bright, view the full post here

9. Black Balsam Knob, Asheville, North Carolina

Playful-Engagement-Session-Black-Balsam-Knob-Alicia-White-Photography-22-of-23-600x400 image by Alicia White Photography, view the full post here

10. Sparks Lake, Bend, Oregon

Mountain-Backdrop-Engagement-Photos-at-Sparks-Lake-Natalie-Puls-Photography-18-600x400 image by Natalie Puls Photography, view the full post here

11. Max Patch Mountain, Del Rio, Tennessee

Intimate-Engagement-Session-Max-Patch-Mountain-Alicia-White-25-of-32-600x900 image by Alicia White Photography, view the full post here

12. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Indiahoma, Oklahoma

MattMcElligottPhotography-Engagment-Submission-15-600x898 image by Matt McElligott Photography, view the full post here

13. Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

GabeMcClintock-JuneBugASK_008 image by Gabe McClintock

14. Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks, Oregon

Adventurous-Oregon-Engagement-Vista-House-Catalina-Jean-Photography-6-of-28-600x900 image by Cataline Jean, view the full post here

15. Lake Dillon, Dillon, Colorado

Colorado-Engagement-Shoot-2-600x899 image by The Carrs Photography, view the full post here

16. Uinta Mountains, Utah

Free-Spirited-Engagement-Shoot-Uinta-Mountains-Blush-Photography-11-of-42-600x899 image by Blush Photography, view the full post here

17. Imperial Sand Dunes, Brawley, California

Breathtaking-Engagement-Session-at-the-Imperial-Sand-Dunes-Michael-Ryu-19-of-35-600x400 image by Michael Ryu Photography, view the full post here

18. Joshua Tree National Park, California

Glam-Palm-Springs-Meets-Joshua-Tree-Engagement-Photos-Lets-Frolic-Together-0051-600x900 image by Let’s Frolic Together, view the full post here

19. Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Casual-California-Engagement-Photos-at-Point-Reyes-Annamae-Photo-0016-600x900 image by Annamae Photo, view the full post here

20. Lower Lewis River Falls, Washington

Adorable-Washington-Proposal-at-Lower-Lewis-Rier-Falls-JMHunter-Photography-20-of-41-600x900 image by J.M.Hunter Photography, view the full post here

21. Grandfather Mountain, Linville, North Carolina

Bohemian-Grandfather-Mountain-Engagement-Rivkah-Fine-Art-20-of-33-600x400 image by Rivkah Fine Art Photography, view the full post here

22. Lands End, San Francisco, California

Breathtaking-Engagement-Photos-Lands-End-Charis-Rowland-Photography-2-of-32-600x899 image by Charis Rowland Photography, view the full post here

23. Big Bend State Park, Texas

Desert-Engagement-Big-Bend-Shaun-Menary-16-of-25-600x900 image by Shaun Menary Photography, view the full post here

24. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Thrilling-Rocky-Mountain-National-Park-Engagement-Photos-Boris-Zaretsky-Photography-2190-600x900 image by Boris Zaretsky Photography, view the full post here

25. Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne, Oregon

Cozy-Cliffside-Couple-Portraits-at-Smith-Rock-Erin-Wheat-6-600x900 image by Erin Wheat Photography, view the full post here

Which spot will you choose for your own epic engagement photos? Not sure what to wear for your engagement session? Stay warm in these 10 winter engagement outfit ideas!


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  1. I’m surprised that you don’t have Tyler Rye featured in this one!! @tylerrye_ Love the article!!

  2. Truly amazing locations, would love to shot on some…

  3. Those waterfalls in Washington look SO romantic. Would love to have an engagement shoot there! Imagine planning a vacation just for getting that ideal location for the photoshoot. All of these places look stunning, actually.

    • There are so many amazing places here in Washington! Gold creek pond, snoqualmie falls.. you name it! I am dying for an adventurous couple to photograph at the falls if you are ever in need!

  4. I like water, so i choose the 15th.

  5. Oregon wow, stuning!

  6. That Antelope Canyon – wow! What a unique place to take engagement photos in. Love how gorgeous all of these locations are, though. Great variety.

  7. Very cool places! Thanks for sharing these locations!

  8. All places are really so cool.

  9. These are great places for visiting with Beautiful darling.

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