The World’s Ten Best Places to Watch the Sunset

 

5. Maui, Hawaii

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There’s really no wrong place to watch the sun go down on Maui. Pulling over on the way back from Hana to watch the sunset is just the cherry on an already perfect day, while simply enjoying a beer next to the beach is also pretty ideal. There’s the chance to chase the sunset on Mt Haleakala. The list could go on and on, but it’s really just enough to know that it’ll be nothing less than stunning from whichever location you choose.

A sunset as seen from Hana in Maui. Photo by Eugen Naiman.

A sunset as seen from Hana in Maui. Photo by Eugen Naiman.

4. Atacama Desert, Chile

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Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, is a popular area for visitors to see the sun set and the stars glow. The otherworldly look of the endless rocky outcroppings and sand dunes emits a rather forbidding feel, and the slashes of color that light up the sky at sunset offer one last hint of warmth before the cold really settles in. Seeing the moonrise and cosmos simply heightens the fantastic appeal. Alternatively, drive up to the El Tatio geysers, the highest geyser plain in the world, to see the sun sink into the sand dunes.

The sunset at Valle de Luna in the Atacama Desert. Photo by maratimba.

The sunset at Valle de Luna in the Atacama Desert. Photo by maratimba.

3. Tanzania

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Home of the Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is achingly beautiful. The luminous sunset sets off the wide spread acacia trees and occasional herd of animals, looking like something straight out of The Lion King. From Barafu Camp on Mt. Killimanjaro, the sun sets into a sea of clouds, giving the impression that you may well be in heaven. If the sky clears, climbers can see both the stars above and the lights of Moshi from 10,000 feet below for double the glow.

An elephant on the plains of the Serengeti at sunset.

An elephant on the plains of the Serengeti at sunset.

2. Uluru, Australia

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Rising out of nowhere, the massive monolith dominates the outback and the eye. Visitors can watch spellbound as the rock’s light show cascades through otherworldly reds, oranges, yellows and pinks, reflecting the clouds and sky above. It’s also possible to walk around or climb the sandstone giant. Sunset is when the rock literally glows, though, and practically pulses through the light changes, cementing its status as the heart of Australia.

The majestic Uluru in the middle of the Simpson Desert.

The majestic Uluru in the middle of the Simpson Desert.

1. Santorini, Greece

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The Greek island of Santorini is all that remains of an ancient volcano that once exploded leaving a huge volcanic caldera, now filled with water, at its center. Visitors know they’re in for something special as soon as their boat pulls into the harbour, with the island’s cliffs rising vertically hundreds of feet straight from the sea. The island’s settlements sit perched on top of these cliffs and every sundown thousands of people come out to watch the sun dip below the horizon and witness the colorful hues juxtaposed against the white buildings of Santorini and the blue Aegean Sea.

A view of the sunset from the Santorini town of Oia.

A view of the sunset from the Santorini town of Oia.

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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+.