Best Sunsets Around the World 16 Jul 12

Despite the variety of modern entertainment, there’s still something enthralling about a sunset, and summer’s warm evenings provide the perfect opportunity to take in the display of colors. Every sunset is beautiful, but here are 10 of the world’s best viewing locations.

Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Watching the sun’s calming purple, yellow, and pink rays settle over the Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong King is enough to make you sense the harmonious relationship between mankind and nature as represented by the statue.

Ayers Rock in Northern Territory, Australia

What makes the sunset unique in the Northern Territory is the blood-orange hues reflected into the sky off the massive Ayers rock. The 500 million year old red rock is a wonder in itself, and when it’s set against a lowering sun, it is truly something to behold.

Hillerod, Denmark

Hillerod is home to the Frederiksborg Castle, and while a castle is spectacular to view any time of day, when it’s shadowed in hues of pink and purple you feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairy tale.

Florida Keys

Surrounded by open sky and Gulf Coast water, almost anywhere in the Florida Keys is a prime spot for watching the sunset. Whether lounging in a boat on Islamorada or taking in the nightlife on Mallory Square, Florida’s orange sunset will not disappoint.

Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa

The wide open terrain and large skies in Augrabies Fall National Park provides panoramic views of the sunset. Along with the vibrant colors, visitors can watch animal silhouettes move across the landscape and witness the native kokerboom trees disappear into the twilight.

Mount Heleakala in Maui, Hawaii

Although Mount Heleakala is dormant, at sunset, you can still see an eruption of colors over the 10,000-foot tall volcano. Far from any city lights, nature’s colors are able to take center stage among the lush surroundings.

Loch Linnhe, Scotland

Scotland is teeming with photo opportunities, but in regards to sunsets, you can’t beat the west coast’s Loch Linne. The vibrant colors reflecting off the water is gorgeous any time of year; however, in the summer, the sun is positioned directly over the loch, and as it sinks it appears to become one with the water.

Gay Head in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

An interesting geological history left Gay Head with distinctive boulders and clay deposits sprinkled throughout the beach and water. These natural wonders, along with the lighthouse, make a picturesque scene when highlighted by the sunset’s kaleidoscope of colors.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Known as “Big Sky Country,” Montana is an obvious place for taking in big sunsets, and there’s no better vantage point than among Glacier National Park’s natural landscape.

Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier is a place for viewing the quintessential beachside sunset. Look out over the Pacific Ocean for a romantic display of hues, or glance back to the shoreline to see the lights of the ferris wheel, silhouettes of beachgoers walking along the sand, and miniature golfers enjoying a little competition.