Best Places in the World to See the Sunrise and Sunset

Are you the kind of person who gets up early to watch the sunrise? Or do you prefer to stay up late and watch the sunset? Either way, there are some truly spectacular places to see these natural marvels. We’ve rounded up a list of the best places to see both the sunrise and sunset, according to TripAdvisor, so that you can plan your next trip around these magic moments.

Best Places to See the Sunrise

Best Places in the World to See the Sunrise and Sunset

1.      Angkor Wat

It is a Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument globally. Its main structure was completed around 1150 AD. It is located about five miles from Cambodia’s capital city of Siem Reap, which boasts a population of just under 300,000 people. It’s worth getting up before dawn to see Angkor Wat as it transitions from darkness into light. The reflection pools surrounding it make for a stunning picture, whether sunny or cloudy.

2.      Ta Prohm Temple

But don’t stop there! Head over to nearby Ta Prohm Temple and see where Angelina Jolie filmed scenes for Tomb Raider. The film was released in 2001 and directed by Simon West. It went on to gross over $274 million worldwide against a production.

3.      Grand Canyon

According to the poll, eight of the top 10 places for sunrises are in Asia and Oceania. This means you will have to travel if you want to see them all. Here in the United States, the sunrises at the Grand Canyon sit in fifth place, with more than 1,200 mentions. Thanks to its stunning multicolor rock formations, it is lovely when the sun reflects off them in the morning hours.

Best Places to See the Sunset

Best Places in the World to See the Sunrise and Sunset

There’s nothing quite like seeing the sunset. The subtle shift from light to dark affects the scenery and even your mood and provides a new perspective on the place you’re in.

1.      Mallory Square

Mallory Square is the best place to watch the sunset in the world because of its 360-degree view of the horizon and unobstructed view of the sunset over the ocean. The area attracts tourists and locals alike as they gather on the square every night around 5 pm to watch the sunset and enjoy local performers, street artists, and vendors. The second best place to see the sunset in Santorini, Greece. Santorini boasts a stunning view of the Greek Island’s iconic white-washed homes and churches as they reflect on the ocean waters surrounding them.

2.      Bryce Canyon National Park

Another great place to see the sunset is Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. At this park, visitors will be treated to a breathtaking view of red rock formations against an orange sky at dusk if they visit during sunset hours on any day except Monday through Friday when it is closed due to inclement weather or other reasons that park officials at their discretion may specify.

3.      New York City

One of the best places to see sunsets in New York City. The sunsets are at New York City’s famed Top of the Rock, which serves as the tallest building in the Rockefeller complex and provides 360-degree views of the sunset in the Big Apple. Just down the block, you’ll also find the iconic Empire State Building, which offers up crystal-clear sunset views of the city.


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