Imagine kicking back on a beach or sitting perched atop a stunning cliff while reminiscing about all the adventures of the day. There is something extremely rewarding about watching the sun go down. And we’ve got ten spots around the world where you can watch that glowing ball erupt into the horizon in all of its glory.
Let yourself be dazzled by our top picks for where in the world you can catch the most spectacular sunset…
1. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
The unique rock formation forms a literal point over Bryce Canyon National Park as the sun majestically sets over the desert, creating the most epic view in the west.
2. Mount Agung, Bali
Sure, the trek up Mount Agung, in Bali, is an arduous one. However, the payout for your effort is well worth every drop of sweat and blister. The sweeping view across the lake to Mount Batur (another well-known peak in Bali) is downright awe-inspiring.
3. Uluru, Australia
Dubbed the “devil’s marbles”, Central Australia offers hikers a view that’s one of the most heavenly on earth. Take in the sights as the sun bursts into red flame over the rocks and gradually turns to orange, blue, green, purple, and it dips and disappears in an inky black yawn behind this natural wonder.
4. Inle Lake, Burma
Take the time to close the day at Myanmar/Burma’s, Inle Lake, and you’ll be treated to a sunset over the spectacular mountainous backdrop, with fishing boats gently bobbing to and fro on the lush floating lake gardens. You can even stay in one of the many stilt houses on the lake and watch the scene every night during your stay. A standard, single, stilt bungalow starts at $90 USD per night.
5. Largo di Varano, Puglia, Italy
If you venture to the Mediterranean, on the boot of Italy, it’s worth a meander to Puglia’s unspoiled beaches and rocky shores where you’ll find Largo di Varano (or Varano Lake), located on the quaint Gargano Peninsula. Stay in one of the small nearby towns and take a walk at dusk for one of the most unique and memorable sunsets.
6. Okavango Delta, Botswana
Even though the gazelles, hippos, and elephants wind down close to sunset; the crocodiles are ready for hide and seek. So keep your distance from the water’s edge and catch one of the world’s most unforgettable sunsets against the watery plains and lush flora and fauna.
7. Mount Fuji, Honshu Island, Japan
Nothing makes you feel quite so part of the larger universe than sneaking a peek at the indigos and pinks over Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji (at 12,389feet). Sure if you want to climb the summit you’ll see a sweeping vista kissed by the setting sun, but the better view is from the popular Yoshida Trail, looking out as the sun disappears behind the mountain peak.
8. Bora Bora, Tahiti
There’s a good reason why Bora Bora is known as the “most beautiful place on Earth”. However, all expectations aside, the sunset in vivid colors of fiery red, blazing orange, and royal gold is indescribable and enough to bring the hardest heart to tears.
9. Shetland Isles, Scotland
The craggy moors and cliffs of Shetland Scotland will treat you to a view that seems straight out of the past. These islands sit further north of the UK, which is why they offer Europe’s best sunsets if you happen to find yourself on one of the islands’ lonely, wind-torn beaches—particularly in early spring or late autumn.
10. Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
Marvel at one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world as you follow the sun’s languid descent—yellows, golds, and deep oranges—as it soars over the Great Pyramids and into the crystallized sand. You may even be able to coax a camel to take you out under the sky so you can follow the sun’s decline from every direction, as far as the eye can see.