This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on July 9, 2015.
There’s nothing quite as romantic and breathtaking as a beautiful sunset! If you want to travel and catch some of the world’s prettiest views of the sun as it sets, check out the spots below. These places are well-known destinations where you are guaranteed to catch a colorful, beautiful and awe-inspiring sunset.
1. The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA
People might think of Los Angeles as a place with smoggy skies, but it just might be these skies that cause some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Book one of the great classic Los Angeles hotels, then head up to the Griffith Observatory around dusk. From the top, you can see not only a beautifully colored sky, but also an unforgettable view of the city and Sunset Boulevard.
2. Oia, Santorini, Greece
Santorini is known for its distinctive white and blue architecture. Set on a craggy cliffside, the village of Oia gives onlookers the perfect spot to watch the sun as it reflects on this stark white buildings, then sets into the Aegean Sea.
3. Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Travel to Rio de Janeiro, and you’re going to want to catch a sunset on legendary Ipanema Beach. The sunset is beautiful in Ipanema because it sets behind the rocky hillsides that border the coast. The beach is also a great budget destination to catch a great sunset due to many cheap hotels in Rio de Janeiro.
4. Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii
Nearly anywhere on Oahu is a great place to catch a sunset, but climb up Diamond Head, a volcano and state monument, and you’ll be able to catch the stunning setting sun over legendary Waikiki beach. If you want to stay near Diamond Head, check out a room at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, which is located close to the foot of the volcano.
5. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Everything about the Taj Mahal is beautiful, but it has become an international destination to visit at dusk, because of the beautiful sunsets that occur behind it and the stunning colors that reflect around the building.
6. Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Key West is known for its stunning sunsets. For the best view of the sunset on the island, head to Mallory Square, where people gather each night to watch the sunset together. Sometimes, you’ll be accompanied by entertainers — like jugglers and street musicians — to celebrate the sunset with you.
7. Milovaig, Isle of Skye, UK
The Isle of Skye is an island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland in the UK. While the entire island offers a stunning view of the setting sun, one of the best spots to catch it is the pier at Milovaig, which offers onlookers a multi-colored, breathtaking scene.
8. Parish Church of San Rocco, San Rocco, Italy
High in the cliffs of the Portofino National Park, on the Ligurian Coast of Italy, there is a small town with a cathedral called San Rocco. In that town is a cathedral with a beautiful terrace overlooking the Ligurian Sea, and from there you can catch a breathtaking sunset nightly, over the small coastal town of Camogli.
9. North Cape, Finnmark, Norway
North Cape, Norway is so far north it’s nearly in the Arctic Circle. Thus, during the summer, the sun hardly ever sets. Visitors can take in the midnight sun — or the sun that sets just to the horizon, but never fully sets. Seeing this strange sunset phenomenon can be a once in a lifetime experience.
10. Ao Kao Beach, Koh Mak, Thailand
Located in Trat Province in Thailand, Koh Mak is world famous for its stunning sunsets. Far from the big hotels in Bangkok, Koh Mak features idyllic, serene nature with no skyscrapers or cityscape to obscure the sunset, making the consistent, nightly sunset into the great blue yonder an unforgettable experience.