Spectacular Places to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset

Spectacular Places to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset

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    Fancy spotting a giraffe or elephant at sunrise? Go on an early morning safari for some of the most stunning, vibrant views Africa has to offer.
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    Watch one of Europe’s best sunrises from one of the Skye’s remote terrain. Unencumbered by tourists, you’ll have a clear view of the northern sun. Just make sure to plan your trip in early spring or late autumn for some sunrise action.
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    This rocky mountain national park is perfect for a remote, tourist-less view (and photos) of the beautiful pink sunrise over the pristine Lake Maligne.
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    Clamber up this mountain in the middle of the night to witness one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world, come dawn. The 2am start and all that sweat will be worth it, we promise.
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    Central Australia’s most stunning natural wonder is best seen in the early morning, when the suns rays turn the desert formation a bright, fiery red. Be in place by 4am though, if you want to snag a spot among the busloads of sunrise watchers.
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    You haven’t lived until you’ve rented a gondola for the evening while an animated Venice native dressed as a mime serenades you into the sunset, navigating you through its historic canals. While gondolas are the municipality’s chief means of transportation (it is composed, after all, of 118 islands), it sets a romantic precedent for all tourist-y indulgences.Venture off into the more quaint residential interior canals, as opposed to just the Grand Canal. Prosecco is obligatory.
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    There’s a reason why you’ll walk past dozens of gift shops bearing shirts that read “Ithaca is Gorges”. Not only is this picturesque upstate New York college town most notorious for its streams gushing from 300-foot–drop valleys, but its sunsets are hard to beat, too. Best enjoyed from the aptly named Sunset Park, you’ll wonder why you ever signed up for Netflix when the sky is both free and impeccable to look at as it glimmers over Cayuga Lake, one of the 11 Finger Lakes.
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    Just because the provincial government decided to thwart the bill that would allow bars to stay open until 6 a.m., it doesn’t mean that gone are the excuses to stay out ‘til the sun comes up. If you’ve ever set foot in Montreal, you know that Mont Royal, located between the Plateau and Outremont boroughs, is a major source of community, pride and debauchery. Just bring a blanket and full-battery phone – you’ll want to take a #SunriseSelfie.
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    Think of Los Angeles, but with a pristine silence unique to the scenic suburb of Irvine in Orange County, California. A moderate 10-minute hike up Turtle Rock Hill at sunset is a welcome alternative to the hustle and bustle of city life. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Los Angeles 40 miles north, and a peek at the Pacific Ocean eight miles west.
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    This is a sunrise you’ll have to work for – and it’ll be totally worth it. Fuel up on enough complex carbohydrates to sustain you all through your hour-long hike up Masada‘s winding Snake Path in the Judean Desert. By around 6:30 a.m., the sun will rise to meet your gaze atop the world heritage site bearing the ruins of the King Herod-built ancient Jewish settlements. You’ll be drained (and enthralled!) enough to stare at this gorgeous sunrise before scoping out the on-site artifacts.
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    You’ve been worshipping the Grecian sun along the coast of the Agean Sea all day, but dusk’s arrival isn’t an invitation to throw in the towel. The sunset at Mediterranean restaurant Kastro is almost ceremonious, where manager Spiros Dimitrulos ensures that “we choose our products from local producers and the olive oil is our own production from our family in the ancient Olympia at Peloponissos.”
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    If “sunrise at Haleakala National Park” isn’t first on your bucket list, you’re doing it wrong. For unparalleled views of the clouds 10,000 feet above sea level, book your next trip to Maui, Hawaii. This inert 1.1 million-year-old volcano’s summit is the perfect way to soak in the morning sun – but plan your route ahead and bring a GPS, since your sleepiness likely won’t help you on the poorly-lit roads towards the site.
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