Top 17 Best Locations for a Pacific Northwest Engagement

We are spoiled with gorgeous landscapes in Washington — including mountains, beaches, rainforests, and deserts. So many incredible places make decisions, such as where to take engagement photos, difficult, but that’s the best kind of problem to have.

In order to ease your decision making, I’ve compiled a list of the top 17 best locations to take engagement photos in the state of Washington. Enjoy!

1.     North Cascades National Park

Whether you choose to visit Diablo Lake (featured below), Artist Point, or Picture Lake under Mount Shuksan, your photos will be jaw dropping. The North Cascades is arguably the most beautiful place in the state of Washington.

2.     Vantage, WA

Desert vibes with views of the Columbia River Gorge? Yes, please. Plus, Eastern Washington almost guarantees sunshine. Plan your session around sunset and you’ll likely get some gorgeous golden hour glow, like this couple did here. Just be prepared for a little wind at times!

3.     Bowl and Pitcher Park – Spokane, WA

Bowl and Pitcher Park in Spokane is gorgeous. Complete with an icy blue river, forested walkways, rocky overlooks and plenty of trails, this is the perfect outdoor location for couples of any fitness level.


4.     High Rock Lookout – Ashford, WA

If hiking is your thing, choose to take photos at the top of your favorite mountain or fire lookout. Take advantage of the 360-degree views and aim to take photos during sunrise or sunset. I personally prefer sunrise shoots if the location is a popular one as there will be fewer people on the trail. View more information about High Rock Lookout here.

5.     Olympic National Park Beaches

The Washington coast is really something special. See it in all its glory by visiting a beach in the Olympic National Park. Some, like Second Beach, require light hiking, while others have beach access right off the parking lot. Most have haystacks and driftwood.     


6.     Christmas Tree Farm

Nothing says winter engagement like photos at a Christmas tree farm. Although there are many farms throughout the area, you do need permission to take photographs on their property. Make sure to ask the owner in advance. View a wedding shoot at one of my favorite Christmas tree farms here.


7.     Sea to Sky Highway – British Columbia

Although this isn’t Washington and is by far the most inconvenient location to get to, I had to add this location to my list after a recent trip to Whistler. The Sea to Sky highway is simply stunning. The alpine lakes, surrounding mountains and forest make it well worth the trip. Visit in fall if you want to capture shots with the trees and mountains dusted with snow.


8.     Golden Gardens Park – Seattle, WA

If you want to stay close to Seattle, try Golden Gardens. Convenience comes at a cost though — expect crowds and leave plenty of time to find parking, or better yet, take a Lyft/Uber there. On a clear day, you can see the Olympic mountains across the Puget Sound.


9.     Panther Creek Falls – Carson, WA

We’re spoiled with waterfalls here in the Pacific Northwest, and Panther Creek Falls is one of the best. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, it’s more than a three-hour drive from Seattle. However, it’s well worth the drive. Scramble down to the falls, which are located 0.25 miles from the parking area, to get up close and personal with one of Washington’s best.

10.     Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth, and the surrounding area, is gorgeous in any season. Visit during fall for spectacular colors, or winter to find snow.

11.     Salt Creek Recreation Area – Port Angeles, WA

If you can’t decide between wanting photos at the beach or in the forest, Salt Creek, located in Port Angeles, is the location for you. The campground has a World War II fort, forests, cliffs, and access to a sandy beach below. My favorite part of Salt Creek, though? The rock formations surrounding the beach — perfect for watching the waves crash around you as the sun sets or exploring tide pools.

12.     Boulder River Falls – Arlington, WA

Take your photographer on a hike! Boulder River Falls is an easy one, although it does have a bit of a scramble to get down to the falls. It’s located in the North Cascades and is rather popular, so it’s wise to get an early start.

13.     Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is the perfect photo shoot location any time of year. Expect to see snow until July, and be prepared for possible rain no matter the season. July and August are the sunniest months to visit, but they’re also the most crowded. Schedule your shoot for sunset when the light is beautiful and the crowds lessen.

14.     Eastern Washington Desert

Eastern Washington has a fascinating geological history, and therefore incredible landscapes. Visit Palouse Falls, the Frenchman Coulee, or Hanford Reach for unique views. This desert engagement featured below was taken along the Snake River near Pullman.


15.     Gig Harbor, WA

If you’re interested in nautical themes, Gig Harbor is only a 40-minute drive south of Seattle! It has the cutest docks, marinas, and a beach with a view of the iconic Tacoma Narrows bridge. If you’re a water lover or #SouthSoundProud, this is your place.


16.     Take a ferry

You can’t get much more PNW than ferries. Walk on and time your ride to view the sunset as you approach Seattle, or go during midday and you may have the expansive car deck to yourself. See more of this sunset ferry engagement here.


17.     Lake Crescent — Mount Storm King

Just past Port Angeles, the Mount Storm King Ranger Station (yes, it’s that adorable cabin) and dock at Lake Crescent are the perfect spots to begin taking photos. When you’re done there, hike up Mount Storm King if you’re up to it. Although it’s not for those faint of heart — or with a fear of heights — the views are unbeatable.

Want to see more PNW photoshoot locations? Check out my Pinterest board here for more shoot inspiration, or contact me to start brainstorming the perfect engagement shoot and use the images below to save this blog to your own boards.