The World’s Ten Best Places to Watch the Sunset

 

Watching the sun set seems like a rare treat with all the day-to-day nonsense, but it’s possible to make it a real luxury by seeing the sun melt into the horizon from a spectacular location. Whether from a mountaintop, next to the ocean, on a glacier or at the top of a skyscraper, looking to the west has never been so inspiring than from these 10 incredible vantage points.

10. Taj Mahal, India

[Also see our travel article “Ten Amazing Travel Desinations in India“]

Dulcet tones of yellow, orange and pink enhance the warm glow of the Taj Mahal at sunset. With such a saturated palette against the white marble and delicate carvings, this striking sunset is a paragon of romance, and one that will whisk away any negative thoughts, along with the sun, into the night.

The Taj Mahal as seen from the Mentab Bagh Gardens across the river.

The Taj Mahal as seen from the Mentab Bagh Gardens across the river.

9. Empire State Building, New York

[Also see our travel article “A Romantic Vacation in New York City“]

This one’s a must for rom-com lovers everywhere. Cemented by Sleepless in Seattle as a place of true love, the Empire State Building evokes a feeling that everything will be alright, especially when watching the sun go down over one of the most vibrant cities on Earth. And who knows, maybe certain someone will be waiting up on the viewing deck!

A look at Manhattan and the Empire State Building at sunset.

A look at Manhattan and the Empire State Building at sunset.

8. Stonehenge, England

[Also see our other travel articles on England]

Stonehenge may have mysterious origins, but there’s no doubting that there’s definitely a celestial element to it. On clear days, the sunset is always spectacular, but it certainly deserves extra attention on the solstices and equinoxes when modern-day Druids, Pagans and visitors pack in to witness what the ancients saw thousands of years ago.

A look at Stonehenge at sunset. Photo by The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website.

A look at Stonehenge at sunset. Photo by The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website.

7. Tahiti

Sunset doesn’t get any more picturesque than on the South Pacific island of Tahiti. The last bits of daylight filter through the palm fronds, before pulling back and throwing vibrant warm hues across the sky. In no time, the palm trees, hills and the occasional boat are nothing but silhouettes, turning the show into distinct parts that equal the sum of a spectacular sunset.

Imagine seeing this every day on your Tahiti vacation. Photo by Tim Moffatt.

Imagine seeing this every day on your Tahiti vacation. Photo by Tim Moffatt.

6. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

One of Asia’s most beautiful ancient sites, Angkor Wat is enchanting all day long, but at sunset, it’s like the whole reason for this being built suddenly becomes clear. There are more than 30 vantage points to see the sunset, from hilltops to a gondola ride. From nearly every available point, visitors can see the sky turn from searing yellows and oranges to much more mellow purples, which is pierced only by the ridged tops of the temples and the “oohs” of others standing near.

Angkor Wat is already beautiful, but its sunsets are on a whole other level.

Angkor Wat is already beautiful, but its sunsets are on a whole other level.

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Maureen is a Hong Kong-based writer and editor who spent several years teaching EFL and traveling around the world. Getting lost while traveling is her main hobby. Find her on Google+.