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Best Sunsets

No matter what destination your travels take you to, sunsets seem be a reason for people to gather, drinking in the cloud art and colorful sky. Sunsets form rituals. On a recent vacation sunrise and sunset were the big events of the day. We set our daily rhythm and schedule around them, and watched other travelers do the same.

Friends and family sunset

Sunsets are a cue for vacationers to gather for dinner and to pose for happy snapshots for their family holiday cards. The soft-light hues are radiant, often an explosion of colors like a big bang punctuating the day's end. No two sunsets are alike. I'm sure of it.

Whether you're looking for a vibrant city sunset or a tranquil natural backdrop, these locations offer some of the most stunning evening views in the U.S.:

Sunset viewing tips:

Finally, as there's no way to be objective about such ethereal, transcendent beauty, based solely on personal opinion, here's my list of top sunsets:

  1. Oia on the island of Santorini, Greece
  2. 2nd Beach in the Olympic National Park
  3. Sucia Island in the San Juans
  4. Marinas anywhere
  5. Jerusalem
  6. Via del'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy
  7. Kauai's western-most beach (I can't recall the name)
  8. Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
  9. Kerry Park, Seattle, WA (amazing cityscape and Puget Sound views for sunset)
  10. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (for the memories alone)

Where have you seen the best sunsets?

Mary Jo M. says, "One of my favorite places to watch a sunset is from the area by the Netherlands Carillon in Washington DC. There''s a large expanse of grass for a picnic, and you can sit there and watch the sun go down as the lights on all the monuments come up."

September 15, 2023