Amazing sunsets are things you remember. They quiet the noise in your head and make still the scene around you, giving pause to the rush that can be everyday life. Who hasn’t taken a moment to stop and take in a great sunset that is happening right there with you? Looking up and taking in the fiery colors and illuminated clouds, with the shadowy silhouettes of birds flying over and appreciating the end of the day will surely make you feel a part of the world around you.
Like viewing things such as a solar eclipse, knowing where to find the best sunsets in the world has become something that people take seriously, and make it something like a hobby. Luckily, they have amassed some good information for us to convey to you, so you can know where to go if great sunsets are your kind of thing. Let’s see where we can go around the world for that perfect sunset.
Yes! Strangely enough, Manhattan has some of the most unique sunsets due to the entire city being on a symmetric grid. The sun coming through between the buildings, through the haze and reflecting off of all those windows, makes for an interesting and uniquely beautiful sunset. It is so famous that it has gained it’s own name: Manhattanhenge.
One of the most beautiful islands in the world also hosts one of the most beautiful sunsets. Set in the famous Greek Islands, Santorini was at once a full island, but is now more of a crescent shape. Thousands of years ago, an active volcanic fissure underneath the island exploded and took away maybe half of it. The remaining part of the island is technically the edge of a crater, a very, very high one, and the Greeks build hotels and homes ontop and spreading down the inside of the crater. As a result, one gets some absolutely amazing sunsets from way up there.
U Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar
When you watch a sunset from atop the world’s longest teak bridge, you get to see one of the best sunsets in the world. Set across the Taungthaman Lake, this 1.2 KM wooden bridge allows you to walk out onto what would seem to be the center of the lake to view the sunset. You will feel like you are standing on water and seeing something beautiful, which should make for an unforgettable sunset.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Taking a trip over to Africa, we head down to one of the more stable countries on the continent to get a view of one of the best sunsets around. When the sun goes down and things take a pause, the savannah goes blood red and the sky matches it, peering through the dust and sand to taint the picture into one of true beauty. The best time to head over is July through October when the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest come to the Mara from the Serengeti.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia
One doesn’t always have to see the sunset just in the sky. Sometimes, the sunset is best view upon something else, like a mountain or the surface of a lake… or maybe even a huge rock. The domed Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) in Australia rises up 348 meters above the desert plain, extends five kilometers beneath it and has a circumference of about 9.4 kilometers. This huge rock is part of a range of large domed rocks called The Olgas. When the sun starts to set over the Australian plains and hits these rock faces and lights them up with reds and oranges, the world quiets down and one is mystified by these ancient bodies showing off their stuff as they have done for millions of years.