Time and time again, the things that travelers tend to go looking for are the natural wonders of planet Earth. Whether it’s the ocean, waterfalls, forests, or the night sky- there’s just something about seeing the unadulterated beauty of the planet that is incomparable. There are some places on Earth where nature takes our breath away. One thing that humans are almost always chasing is a beautiful view of the sunrise or the sunset. It happens every single day, yet somehow always manages to look unique and amazing. But, there are some places around the world that offer unbelievable vantage points to watch the sun go up or down. Keep reading to find out where these places are.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s biggest natural attraction. The rock formation is found in the northern part of the country and is a sandstone jutting out from the ground. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is found right in the middle of some gorgeous scenery. But perhaps the most amazing thing about Uluru is the incredible transformation that happens during the sunrise. When the sun’s light hits the huge stone, it creates a pink glow that seems absolutely surreal. At sunset, the glow deepens to a blue-purple hue that is equally jaw-dropping.
Mount Batur, Bali
There’s nothing quite like watching the sunrise from a point above the clouds. That is possible from the top of Mount Batur on Indonesia’s Bali. Most of the hike is done extremely early in the morning, in the darkness of night. But, it all becomes worth it when you reach the summit and watch the first rays of sunlight hit the clouds. The view allows you to see other nearby islands and watch as the sun starts waking everyone up.
Santorini is a popular tourist destination in Greece, well-known for its’ crystal blue waters and white buildings everywhere. The combination of the two makes for some incredible sunset or sunrise views. The light spills over the blue water and the white buildings to make for a peaceful scene of quiet and serenity. Santorini is right on the water, so beachside sunrises and sunsets are a perfectly attainable option.
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Visiting Haleakala National Park to watch the sunrise is a common activity for visitors to Hawaii since the view is simply breathtaking. The word Haleakala actually means “house of the sun” in Hawaiian, and the park certainly lives up to its name during the early hours of the morning. Visitors can drive to the summit of the Haleakala Volcano around 5 am to catch one last glimpse of the night sky before the sun begins to rise. Once it does, the view from the high altitude above the clouds is absolutely unbelievable.
Watching a sunset in Svalbard, Norway is somewhat spectacular. Mostly because it only happens for some of the year. From April to August every year, Svalbard is plunged into 24-hour sunlight over the icy glaciers. But, when it does set, it offers an incredible view of sunrises and sunsets over the expansive mountain ranges and snowy peaks.
In conclusion, sunrises and sunsets are some of the most grounding things to watch. No matter where you are in the world, you can absolutely count on those two events happening in a day. Plus, you can also pretty much count on the fact that it’s going to be beautiful. So, why not travel to one of these unbelievable places and enjoy the sunrise or the sunset from a unique spot in the world?