The best thing about sunsets is that you’re never going to see two that are completely alike. Celebrate those differences by taking in as many sunsets as possible in different places around the world. Watch Mother Nature put on her nightly display from an island in the South Pacific as the sun drops into the ocean, watch daylight turn to dusk from the red rocks of the desert, take in the cotton candy skies from Santorini, or stand on a rocky outcropping as the sun illuminates a centuries-old temple.
Wherever you travel in the world—and no matter what your daily itinerary or budget may be—take advantage of the free show that plays out every night. In case you’re looking for some inspiration for your next sunset-spotting adventure, here are 12 of the best places to watch the sunset around the world.
Shi Shi Beach, Washington
Head to the far northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula to visit one of Washington State’s most beautiful beaches. Bring your camping gear—getting to Shi Shi requires a trek through the fir-filled forest to the cliff edge that drops into the Pacific Ocean. Hike down the rocky trail to the unspoiled beach lined by tide pools and driftwood stands. Set up camp on the beach to watch the sunset behind the stunning sea stacks and rocky arches for a dramatic Pacific sunset.