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Gorgeous sunsets from 50 destinations from around the world

  • Gorgeous sunsets from 50 destinations around the world
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    Gorgeous sunsets from 50 destinations around the world

    The sunset is often said to be the most beautiful sight on earth, but where is the best place to see it? Countries around the world boast gorgeous views of this daily show, whether it’s overlooking grand mountains, gazing over the sea, or encompassing the desert skyline. Featuring hues of yellow and orange or shades of pink and purple, the sun is painting the sky different colors every evening throughout the world.

    Stacker checked out some of the best locations to bring you 50 of the most stunning destinations to watch the sun descend throughout the world. We researched popular locations around the globe, and even included the best spots to watch the sun go down in some of these top destinations. From Asia to Europe and South America to Africa, the landscape changes—but one thing always remains constant: the sun sets every day, no matter where in the world you are.

  • #50. Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
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    #50. Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.

    This New England treasure boasts sweeping views of the coast, Colonial architecture and, of course, clam chowder. Head down to the ocean to watch the sunset on the water, or watch it go down on land while touring the nine historic towns along the Classic Coast.

  • #49. Saint Martin
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    #49. Saint Martin

    Saint Martin, or Sint Maarten, is a small Caribbean island that has been half a French colony and half a Dutch colony since the two nations agreed to split the territory in 1648. Dubbed “the Friendly Island,” St. Martin is known for beautiful beaches, unique cultural heritage, and exciting nightlife—the party continues long after the sun sets.

  • #48. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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    #48. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Rio de Janeiro was not only the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, but it is also the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest metropolis in South America. Featuring warm temperatures, beaches, and exotic landscapes, it’s no wonder it’s the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. Travel 1,246 feet up to the oriental-style Vista Chinesa pavilion in the Tijuca Forest to watch the sun go down.

  • #47. Malibu, California, U.S.
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    #47. Malibu, California, U.S.

    Known for its ideal surf waves and abundance of celebrity homes, Malibu also features dining, museums, and art. Take a walk along the Malibu Pier during the day before watching the sun glow over it in the evening.

  • #46. Bagan, Myanmar
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    #46. Bagan, Myanmar

    The ancient city of Bagan boasts thousands of temples, with some dating back to 1057. Climb the hills near Sulamani Pagoda and Pwar Saw village for stunning views of the sunset over the temples.

  • #45. Big Island, Hawaii, U.S.
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    #45. Big Island, Hawaii, U.S.

    Hawaii’s Big Island earned its name because it’s larger than all of the state’s other islands combined. It is home to the Kilauea volcano, the Waipi’o valley, the Rainbow falls and more. Some popular sunset spots include Puna Coast Trail, Hapuna Beach State Park and Anaeho’omalu Bay.

  • #44. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
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    #44. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

    The Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia span over 4,050 square miles, making it the largest salt flat in the world. It was created when prehistoric lakes evaporated, leaving behind thick salt crusts. Once the sun goes down, enjoy the spectacular view of the stars—the Milky Way, Jupiter, and Saturn are commonly seen.

  • #43. Key West, Florida, U.S.
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    #43. Key West, Florida, U.S.

    Explore coral reefs and wrecks on a snorkeling adventure, wrangle in a snapper while deep sea fishing, or kayak the backcountry in Key West. Watch the sun go down while sitting on a boat before heading inland to enjoy the island’s nightlife.

  • #42. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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    #42. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    Though only six miles long and two miles wide, Bora Bora was coined “the pearl of the Pacific” by James Cook during the 18th century. The popular honeymoon destination boasts luxe beaches that are perfect for watching the sunset on after a full day of snorkeling, paddleboarding, or fishing.

  • #41. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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    #41. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    The national park was discovered in 1913 and declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1979. Diverse wildlife can be seen roaming around during the day, but they disappear into safety once it gets dark.

  • #40. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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    #40. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    Angkor Wat was constructed between 1113 and 1150 A.D. as a Hindu temple, but it was later converted to a Buddhist temple during the 14th century. It holds the title as one of the largest religious monuments ever built, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch the sun turn the ancient structure into a silhouette as it sets.

  • #39. Malé, Maldives
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    #39. Malé, Maldives

    Take a day trip to Malé the discover the world’s smallest capital nation. Explore local markets, take a dip in a protected ocean pool, and enjoy gorgeous waterfront views. For visitors looking for a place to stay once the sun goes down, take a speedboat to one of Maldives’ resort islands.

  • #38. Salar de Atacama, Chile
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    #38. Salar de Atacama, Chile

    Salar de Atacama is a salt lake spanning more than 1,150 square miles. The land is home to the Andean flamingo, which is one of the rarest birds in the world, and it also boasts clear skies in the evening for stargazing.

  • #37. Peruvian Amazon, Peru
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    #37. Peruvian Amazon, Peru

    Take a trip to the Peruvian Amazon to discover monkeys, soaring trees and exotic creatures. The Amazon River is the second-longest river in the world, coming in after the Nile River in Egypt. The trees turn new shades of green as the sun slowly descends in the evening.

  • #36. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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    #36. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    From the sea and the desert, to historic sites and luxury shopping, Abu Dhabi is home to an assortment of activities. Take advantage of desert camping opportunities to watch the sunset transform the desert into stunning new colors.

  • #35. St. Barths, French West Indies
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    #35. St. Barths, French West Indies

    St. Barths was originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, but the island wasn’t settled until 1648 by French colonists. The Caribbean island was later purchased by David Rockefeller in 1957, transforming it into an upscale tourist destination. Enjoy the beaches, spas, and sporting activities during the day—and discover restaurants, bars, and other nightlife activities once the sun goes down.

  • #34. Sagres, Portugal
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    #34. Sagres, Portugal

    Boasting cliffs, seas, and beaches, Sagres is a small town on the western tip of the Algarve. Climb one of the cliffs to watch the sun descend over the ocean.

  • #33. Colombo, Sri Lanka
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    #33. Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and features a wealth of activities, such as temples, art, and spas. Participate in nightlife after the sun descends by visiting bars and casinos.

  • #32. Maasai Mara, Kenya
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    #32. Maasai Mara, Kenya

    Head down to southwest Kenya to explore 583 square miles of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes at Maasai Mara. Visitors are likely to come across elephants, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, and many other exotic animals. There are a variety of camping and villa options available for staying in the national reserve after hours.

  • #31. Big Sur, California, U.S.
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    #31. Big Sur, California, U.S.

    Visitors can make their way up the winding road of the Pacific Coast Highway to discover the beauty of Big Sur, California. Take a break from driving to engage in scenic hikes, vistas, and spectacular ocean views—all perfect for watching the sunset.

  • #30. Perth, Australia
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    #30. Perth, Australia

    Located on Australia’s west coast, Perth features beaches, local culture, and a park with sweeping city views. Wander the city streets to see museums, galleries and more.

  • #29. White Desert, Egypt
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    #29. White Desert, Egypt

    The White Desert, formed by many years of erosion and sandstorms, is located just a few hours outside of Cairo. The desert is abundant with calcium rock formations that mimic the hues in the sky as the sun goes down.

  • #28. Sanna Bay, Scotland
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    #28. Sanna Bay, Scotland

    The remotely located Sanna Bay in Scotland is home to an abundance of dunes, rocks, and beaches. Relax in solitude and watch the sun descend in the evening.

  • #27. Ile De Ré, France
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    #27. Ile De Ré, France

    Located along the Atlantic coast, Ile De Ré has been dubbed France’s version of the Hamptons. Explore harbor villages, restaurants, and beaches, and become immersed in the quaint town.

  • #26. Lake Titicaca, Peru
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    #26. Lake Titicaca, Peru

    Lake Titicaca in Peru is South America’s largest lake and it is located at a high altitude. Andeans believe the lake is the birthplace of the sun—making it the perfect location to watch it set at the end of the day.

  • #25. Taj Mahal, India
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    #25. Taj Mahal, India

    Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the construction of the Taj Mahal in 1632 to house the remains of his wife. Construction took 20 years, and the magnificent structure became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Visit the amazing building in the early evening to watch the sunset create its majestic silhouette.

  • #24. Grebbestad, Sweden
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    #24. Grebbestad, Sweden

    The quaint Swedish fishing village is where 90 percent of the country’s oysters originate. Find a restaurant along the water, order some seafood, and watch the sunset paint the sky with gorgeous colors.

  • #23. Monument Valley, Utah, U.S.
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    #23. Monument Valley, Utah, U.S.

    The Anasazi, or Ancestral Puebloans, were the earliest people to setting in Monument Valley, which was around 1200 BCE. Their art and building structures can still be seen today when venturing throughout the national park. Embark on a sunset tour throughout the land for spectacular photos.

  • #22. Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland
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    #22. Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

    Dunluce Castle was built along the coastal cliffs of Ireland’s Antrim around the 1500s. Set high above the water on cliffs, the castle provides a sweeping view of the ocean.

  • #21. Wadi Rum, Jordan
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    #21. Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Wadi Rum’s radiant red-sand and impressive rock formations create an incomparable landscape. The land has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and Nabataean temples, inscriptions, and drawings can still be seen today. Come out for a day visit or camp out for an evening to watch the sun peek through the rock formations as it makes its way down.

  • #20. Tikal, Guatemala
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    #20. Tikal, Guatemala

    Tikal National Park was inhabited by the Mayan civilization from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. Located within a rainforest region, the park features temples, palaces, lush trees, and plenty of history.

  • #19. Queensland, Australia
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    #19. Queensland, Australia

    Queensland is Australia’s second-largest state and boasts an average of 261 days of sunshine each year. The state is abundant with activities, such as national parks and coastlines. Dive underwater during the day to explore the Great Barrier Reef and return to land to watch the sunset along the Golden Coast.

  • #18. El Porto, California, U.S.
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    #18. El Porto, California, U.S.

    El Porto is a favorite among surfers in California because the waves in the Manhattan Beach area, which El Porto neighbors, are often larger. For those not up to surfing, there are plenty of other activities to partake in, such as volleyball or exploring restaurants. Enjoy a day in the sun and then watch it descend into the horizon, as though it’s touching the ocean.

  • #17. Santorini, Greece
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    #17. Santorini, Greece

    Santorini, Greece has become known as a wedding destination over the years for its spectacular volcanic beaches, wineries, and restaurants. What better way to impress a newlywed partner than with a decadent dinner overlooking the sunset?

  • #16. The Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.
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    #16. The Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.

    Arizona’s massive Grand Canyon was created by erosions and geologic color. The impressive structure is 227 river miles long, a mile deep, and up to 18 miles wide. Watching the sunset is one of the most popular activities at the American landmark.

  • #15. Budapest, Hungary
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    #15. Budapest, Hungary

    Though mostly known for its impressive architecture and baths, Budapest, Hungary is also home to remarkable sunsets. Book a river cruise tour to not only witness the gorgeous sunset, but also see some of Budapest’s popular tourist attractions, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • #14. Dubrovnik, Croatia
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    #14. Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Dubrovnik in Croatia sits along the Adriatic sea. Take a trip out to the picturesque town to discover museums, ride a cable car up to Mount Srđ, or swim in the sea.

  • #13. Grundarfjordur, Iceland
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    #13. Grundarfjordur, Iceland

    Located deep in a gorgeous fjord and surrounded by soaring mountains, Grundarfjordur is home to an abundance of outdoor activities. Take a visit to go hiking, camping, skiing, or orca whale watching. See the town change colors in July as locals decorate their houses in a variety of colors to celebrate the ‘Á góðri stund’ festival—and for trips outside of July, watch the sun paint the sky a different color as it sets in the evening.

  • #12. Koh Mak, Thailand
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    #12. Koh Mak, Thailand

    This tropical island in Thailand is located in the National Marine Park, and holds the title as the largest privately-owned island in the country. Koh Mak is still considered a well-kept secret among travelers—complete with temples, restaurants, tree fishing villages and more.

  • #11. The Matterhorn, Switzerland
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    #11. The Matterhorn, Switzerland

    Reaching almost three miles high, the Matterhorn in Switzerland is one of the most famous mountains in all of Europe. Visitors brave enough to hike up the peak can see sweeping views of Mont Blanc, Grande Paradiso of the Bernese Alps, and more.

  • #10. Punta del Este, Uruguay
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    #10. Punta del Este, Uruguay

    Located in Uruguay’s south coast, Punta del Este is a luxurious getaway destination complete with skyscrapers, yachts and cruise lines. Explore the town during the day, but make sure to head down to the beach in the early evening for the sunset party.

  • #9. Zanzibar, Tanzania
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    #9. Zanzibar, Tanzania

    The city of Zanzibar in Tanzania is home to a variety of activities, such as exploring UNESCO cultural heritage site Stone Town or relaxing on the beach. Make sure to revisit Stone Town in the evening, because it turns into a night market complete with food options.

  • #8. Sussex, England
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    #8. Sussex, England

    Visitors can immerse themselves in castles, gardens, and gorgeous estates when visiting Sussex, England. Boasting both a coastline and a countryside, the county features stunning sunset views over both land and sea.

  • #7. Port Waikato, New Zealand
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    #7. Port Waikato, New Zealand

    The seaside town of Port Waikato is situated where the Waikato River meets the Tasman Sea. The small village is also home to Sunset Beach—which is of course popular for its sunsets, but also for its surfing.

  • #6. Cairo, Egypt
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    #6. Cairo, Egypt

    Boasting temples, pyramids, museums and more, Cairo is bustling with culture. Explore the ancient monuments within the city by day, and explore its nightlife options after sundown.

  • #5. Bali, Indonesia
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    #5. Bali, Indonesia

    As Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bali features temples, palaces, and decadent cuisine. Once the sun sets, its renowned nightclubs come to life.

  • #4. Borneo, Malaysia
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    #4. Borneo, Malaysia

    The island of Borneo is split between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The Indonesian portion of the island encompasses about 73 percent, while the Malaysian part covers the rest of the land—split between two states that are separated by Brunei. As the third-largest island in the world, it features scuba diving, rainforests, and mountains.

  • #3. Lofoten, Norway
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    #3. Lofoten, Norway

    Lofoten, Norway is located above the Arctic Circle and is home to an abundance of outdoor activities. Some of them, such as golfing, can be done at night—because the sun is still out due to the town’s location. When the sun does finally set, gaze upon the Northern Lights.

  • #2. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.
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    #2. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.

    Martha's Vineyard is an island located in Massachusetts complete with outdoor water activities—including kayaking, boating, and sailing. The quaint family-friendly town boasts numerous picturesque spots for watching the sunset, such as the Aquinnah Cliffs and the East Chop Lighthouse.

  • #1. Dolomites, Italy
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    #1. Dolomites, Italy

    The Dolomites mountain range in Italy may be best known for its winter sports, but it also boasts spectacular sunset views. At both dusk and dawn, the mountain’s peaks gradually transform from pinkish-red to violet, which is called "enrosadira."

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