The best dates are all about living in the moment, which is why a sunset can make even the most mundane date special. Nothing is more in the moment than watching a sunset. It’s a magical feeling to watch as the sun says goodbye to the world and you watch it disappear with that special someone. Here are the top 10 most romantic places to watch the sunset, along with what makes these places so special.
1) Grand Canyon, Arizona
Millions of people flock to the Grand Canyon every year to watch the sunset over the natural wonder. The sun’s rays give the exotic landscape an almost extraterrestrial look. As the sun sets, the canyon turns bright orange and yellow, while other parts fall into deep blue shadows. The sun heightens the layers of rock and the rose-colored sun splash over the exposed Red wall limestone on the canyon walls. If you want to watch the sunset away from the tourists, head to the less visited Lipan, Yaki, and Yavapai points.
2) Key West, Florida
Tourists and performers gather every night to watch the sunset at Mallory Square in Key West. It’s at the waterfront plaza in one of the island’s biggest gathering. You can also watch the sunset about 2.5 miles southeast of Mallory Square in the quieter setting of White Street Pier, in Key West. The sunset here looks like a painting in the sky. On a better day, locals say you can catch a fleeting “green flash” that occurs as the sun drops below the Gulf of Mexico.
3) Albuquerque, New Mexico
Watch the day melt into night atop the 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest. With a panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment, the sunset here is absolutely beautiful. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color that allow you to take in the view of nature as it literally unfolds in front of you.
4) Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
Here you can watch the sunset from a view that is as high as the clouds. If you want to feel like you are in heaven, watch the sunset the top of Maul’s 10,000-foot Haleakala volcano. Make sure you bring a jacket because it gets chilly at night.
5) The Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, California
The sun setting over the ocean can bring together any couple. From the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, you can enjoy watching the sun melt into the Pacific Ocean. From the right view, you might be able to see a silhouette of the pier’s huge Ferris wheel. The boardwalk provides a great escape for solitude after the sun leaves the area.
6) Yosemite Valley, California
Turn your back to the sunset from Tunnel View as the shadows creep up Half Dome and El Capitan for the sneakiest experience around. Here the sunset reflects off the rocks, casting shadows down below. This is routinely called one of the best sunsets in the country because of its quiet setting and romantic atmosphere.
7) Pfeiffer Beach, California
Not the most popular spot on the West Coast but if you plan your visit to Pfeiffer Beach just right, you may be lucky enough to catch the setting sun shinning it’s last rays through the hole in a large sandstone formation just offshore.
8) Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas has many great spots for watching the sunset once you leave the strip. The sunset over the mountains brings you as couple one with nature. It’s a beautiful suburban sunset that is probably better than any community in the country. You can also catch great views from the top of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.
9) New York, New York
The sun setting over the man-made skyline can put Manhattan life into perspective. There are a few skyscrapers with public observatories, but one of the most amazing views can be caught from Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights. You can also climb to the top New York City’s most famous building, The Empire State Building, and watch the sunset from the city’s highest peak. And if you want to grab a blanket and relax as a couple, you can watch the sunset from many parks, including Battery Park, the Esplanade, or pedestrian pathways along the Brooklyn Bridge.
10) Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is a special sunset spot because you can watch the sunset over two different beaches at the same time. The Outer banks have a double coastline, allowing couples to see two natural wonders at the same time.