Where to See the Best Sunsets in the US
Experience the best sunsets in the US from Colorado Springs to Californian beaches, Utah’s mountain peaks to Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Majestic, ethereal, entrancing and oh so magnificent. No we’re not talking about the Plum Guide team. We’re thinking about ways to describe sunsets, of course. A holiday is good and all, but have you really experienced the captivating beauty of a place until you’ve seen it at sunset? Experience golden hour at some of the most epic spots in the world with Plum Guide’s take on the best sunsets in the US. Let the beauty of Mother Nature wash over you at these red, orange, lavender, pink and gold drenched views.
Hopi Point, Grand Canyon
You might have already heard of the Grand Canyon? If not; it's quite big, full of rocks and people think it is really cool. You should go there. Especially in the evening when that big golden orb in the sky decides to head to bed. Hopi Point offers the widest views of the canyon meaning the sunset throws a riot of colours across the horizon. The mountains take on a purple hue whilst the sky is a ruckus of oranges and reds. You probably wont forget this one for a while.
Laguna Beach, California
Californiiaaaa. Sunsets don't come much better than in this part of the world. The small coastal city of Laguna Beach is a treasure trove of galleries, summer art festivals and, of course, beaches. Head to your favourite to catch the last of the rays and watch the sky turn from beautiful blue to deep orange. The photogenic spots are ten a penny around here so you’re spoilt for choice. From Heisler Park Gazebo to Crescent Bay Point Park to the aptly named Top of the World. Stunning.
Ensign Peak, Utah
Spy incredible city views from this small mountain peak near Salt Lake City. Earn your sunset views with the short, albeit steep hike to the top of the trail. It’s manageable for all if you pick the right trail. Your sunset comes with a side of epic city views which will do just nicely. Wear sensible shoes, go with somebody you like - you know the drill.
Pebble Beach, New York
After a day exploring the tourist hotspots of New York City and spending all your money on I Love NY t-shirts, an evening stroll around Pebble Beach is just the ticket. Experience a healthy dose of awe as you catch your first glimpse of Brooklyn Bridge and that iconic NY skyline. Take off your shoes and socks and dip your toe in the East River whilst the sun sets over one of the most famous views in the world. Did somebody say bucket list?
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Sitting snug amongst the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by the immense White River National Forest, Glenwood Springs is home to one of Colorado’s most famous attractions. The natural hot springs have been dishing out therapy to visitors for years; they’re the perfect place to kick back and relax. Fancy watching one of the best sunsets in the US whilst submerged in one of the best baths you’ve ever had? This is the place.
Santa Monica Pier, California
Santa Monica Pier is a great place to watch the great and good of California do their thing. The views are pretty good too. At the close of day, people flood to this iconic spot and are rarely disappointed. Layers of purple, red and pink ripple against the tide and there's a romance in the air. Head down there with a picnic blanket and a bottle of your favourite and toast the beauty of Mother Earth.
Hiking, river rafting, canyoneering and biking; Moab is all about the outdoor sports and it is one hell of a place to do it. Rest and recuperate from all those adventures and take it easy with a sunset view in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. A well-known area for snapping those iconic shots is Dead Horse Point State Park. Just a short drive from Moab and you’ll be gazing out across the majestic red rocks and wondering why you have a job and a house at all. Give it all up! Sell everything and become a nomad that travels the world searching the greatest sunsets. Let us know how you get on.
Picture the scene: the top is down on your rented Cadillac, you're coasting down the Barstow freeway with the wind in your hair and your favourite song has just come on the radio. Life is good. You notice the time; it's later than you thought and you might be late for drinks with your beautiful lover. The sun begins to dip and the sky is transformed into something akin to a watercolour. It’s one of the best sunsets in the US and your life is amazing.