Who isn’t a sucker for a good sunset? A good sunset is one of nature’s best ways of showing off! The sunsets we see during our travels are of particular interest to me, especially the last sunset of any given trip we’re on. This is something very symbolic to me – I see it as the sun setting on another great adventure. But, much like the sunrise, I also know that our next trip will be here before we know it, and both always give me something to look forward to.
We’ve been fortunate to witness some amazing views, as the sunsets have lit up the clouds and turned the sky all sorts of colors, some lasting for what feels like hours. Here are seven stunning sunsets from around the states and shores.
A trip to Hawaii isn’t quite complete without taking in an evening sunset sail around the island. We were really excited to see a rainbow form over the island. Fortunately, the sunset this particular night also came out to impress! As the two-hour sailing carried on along Waikiki and other areas on the south side of the island, the sun grew more and more vibrant. Thankfully, another sailboat eventually passed by in the distance, providing yet another great photo op!
St. John’s, Antigua
Sometimes, when dark clouds form around sunset, it can feel rather ominous. But, instead of dealing with dark skies, oftentimes something magical happens! This was the case in Antigua. As these dark clouds began to form along the horizon, we surely thought a colorful Caribbean sunset would be hampered. We were wrong. Not only did the clouds morph enough to create interesting shapes, but they gave the setting sun remarkable beams of light.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
There is just something so magical about the Grand Teton National Park, located in Northwest Wyoming. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, what angle you see them from, or even what time of day it is… they are just breathtaking. But there is something about the way the setting sun lit up the jet trails over the mountain tops that just seems magical.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
One of my favorite things about Caribbean cruises is getting to see glimpses of the fantastic ports of call. St. Kitts is beautiful! It is also a little less popular that some of the more well-known islands nearby. After spending a day golfing and exploring the area immediately surrounding the port, it was time to say goodbye. St. Kitts bid us adieu with this balmy yellow sunset that melted into the ocean just like butter.
Rick’s Cafe, located near Negril, is famous for its sunsets. We took a catamaran cruise from nearby Montego Bay for a night of fun. While we expected to be wowed by the famous cliff divers at Rick’s, we didn’t know the best part of the night would be the sunset. This autumn sunset started in the early evening, morphed over time, and went on for hours! It became the ultimate photo op when a few additional boats entered the scene at just the right moment.
The Florida Keys are famous for their spectacular sunsets. In fact, one of the most popular activities in Key West (the Southernmost Key) is to watch the nightly sunsets. Marathon is a bit north of popular Key West. It is smaller and more of a sleepy town. But don’t let that fool you from thinking you won’t get to see great sunsets here. The pastel colors of this particular sunset set the mood and showcase the laid-back vibe often found in the Keys!
Victoria, British Columbia
This sunset was witnessed during a port stop in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) during an Alaskan Cruise. Interestingly, all cruises out of the US are required to make one stop in a foreign country. Victoria was on our particular itinerary and I’m so glad. This sunset occurred walking near the marina. It was the last stop we would make before returning to Seattle and the perfect way to end our chilly week on the seas up north.
Spectacular sunsets are one of the many great things we can experience while traveling. Whether you’re on a cruise, hiking in mountains, or visiting a new city, a great sunset is the perfect way to cap off a day in a new destination! And, we must remember…