“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries. I stuck my head out the window and took deep breaths of the fragrant air. It was the most beautiful of all moments.”
- Jack Kerouac, On the Road
The sun goes down everyday, but there are certain corners of the world where sunsets steal the show. We singled out places where sunsets are the main attractions, plus the best activities to enjoy them with. Check out these tours and keep those cameras fully charged. You won't want to miss a thing.
Bid adieu to a beautiful day in Paris as you watch the last rays of the sunlight fade. As the sky paints itself in pale shades of pinks and blues you will watch the city of light come to life before your eyes. Time will stand still as you soak in the grandeur of a Parisian sunset atop its most iconic monument. Christine of Australia described it as magical, "We saw it (the city) at sunset then illuminated at night. Do not miss this tour if chance permits!"
Haleakala, known as the "House of the Sun", in Maui is popular for its sunrise but its sunsets are just as spectacular (and not to mention, warmer and less-crowded). Standing at the summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano offers commanding views of the setting sun. The 10,023 ft volcano rises above a bed of rolling clouds that change colors as the sun descends. Stay longer for star gazing.
At sunset, the Grand Canyon paints a colored horizon that change every minute, showcasing warm hues and shadow-play. Witness the day's Grand Finale through a tour of the South and East Rims or from the air by a Las Vegas helicopter tour.
Similarly Great is Australia's Great Ocean Road at sunset. The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of Victorian road which winds between hillsides and beach. From there, you will see the most breathtaking coastlines and limestone formations like the Twelve Apostles, even more impressive at sunset! Enjoy the scene after an action-packed day of surfing and sightseeng.
Lake Tahoe is famous for its strikingly blue waters, no wonder it is nicknamed the "Big Blue". During sunsets, the lake takes on a different shade. The pink and purple skies are reflected on the still waters. A helicopter flight gives a spectacular view of this famous sunset while looking west across Lake Tahoe. Passengers will see Cave Rock, Zephyr Cove, and the casinos of Stateline as they start to come alive for a night of entertainment.
Cappadocia's fairy chimneys appear as magical as its name. The unusual, whimsical rock formations appear like tents dotting a vast landscape, and a touch of sunset glow makes it all seem even more otherworldly and surreal. With a wine and sunset tour, you can pick your favorite wine bottle to enjoy with the dramatic view as the sun begins to hang heavy.
Imagine continuous daylight through the late night hours. This is normal for Alaskan residents every summer, little wonder their state is called the Land of the Midnight Sun. June is an ideal time to witness this natural phenomenon where the sky stays bright because the sun doesn't really disappear. Spend the evening riding an ATV, heading towards two breathtaking overlooks to view the Midnight Sun as it creates a rainbow of sunset colors. Enjoy a snack and hot chocolate while the sun is dipping below the horizon.
Some of the world's greatest architecture, many dating back to the ancient times, can be found in Florence. Travelers can glimpse into the glory of Renaissance Florence during sunset as sunset bathes the city's historical center from the Duomo down to the Arno river. By a sunset bike tour, travelers can see the city in less time it takes than walking.
Riding into the sunset is a classic scene etched in cowboy movies of old. Now, travelers from Las Vegas can set on their own grand adventure with a great horse and great company, off into the desert wilderness once roamed by generations of Pauite Indians and legendary cowboys. In a land where jackrabbits skitter and coyotes howl, the sunset becomes more epic than the usual.
Similarly epic, watching the sunset in the deserts of Dubai following an action-packed 4WD dune-bashing ride. Travelers can enjoy the setting sun from the highest point, and see it while lying back, listening to the silence of the desert, gentle breeze blowing over the dunes with the distant sound of the Muezzin from the minarets. A BBQ dinner with a bellydancing show follows. (Also see: Travelers Talk: Dubai Afternoon Safari with BBQ Dinner)
Sunset at Manila Bay isn't just an attraction, it's an icon. A nostalgic mood is attached at the sun's dramatic descent at a historical harbor in the tropics, once the center of the galleon trade and many naval battles, now a bustling commercial and cultural hub. Watching the sunset in Manila Bay is an urban experience never to miss and even more exhilarating in a cruise. Watch the lights of Roxas Boulevard as you savor a set dinner on board while a live musical performance promises to complete your memorable night.