The Most Spectacular Sunset from Every State
From Alabama to Wyoming, these photos show how uniquely beautiful the sunset is in every part of America.
AlabamaCountry/Courtesy Hollie Cartledge
“Sunrise over beautiful Dauphin Island, Alabama. Dauphin Island is a barrier island on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The Gulf of Mexico is to the island’s south with the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay to the north. Dauphin Island is home to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and is the first landfall for many species of birds migrating north from South America. One of Alabama’s best secrets, this beautiful island is home to pristine white sand beaches and historic Fort Gaines.” — Hollie Cartledge
“My wife and I run a remote lodge, and during the tourist season, there is non stop work for both of us. One of our simple pleasures during the long summers in the Alaskan wilderness; is to get out in the kayaks and watch the sunset. One evening as we were soaking in the view we were joined by a common loon; it made for a stunning picture and the perfect end to a busy day. I chose this picture because it always reminds me to find a few moments of peace in the middle of life’s busyness.” — Joseph Bramante
“While in Arizona visiting a friend, we went hiking one night, hoping for a pretty sunset to photograph. We both were very happy with this beautiful scene we were blessed with.” — Katherine Plessner. Don’t miss these 10 secret features hidden in America’s national parks.
ArkansasCountry/Courtesy Darla Young
“This is Petit Jean Mountain (also known as Stout’s Point) in Morriton, Arkansas. I chose this image because it’s my favorite place to sit and enjoy the scenery of the farmland and Arkansas River below. The rocks add a fantastic foreground and wonderful seating as well. You can see for miles and see the most powerful storms form and pass just south of the point. It’s my go-to place for any season.” — Darla Young
The sun sets behind the pier in Huntington Beach, California, a popular destination for surfers on a summer evening.
ColoradoCountry/Courtesy Kimberly Weninger
“This photo represents summer clouds on our farm in northwestern Colorado. The skies out here are simply the most amazing after stormy weather and seem to engulf people and animals alike. I couldn’t live anywhere else than wide open rural Colorado!” — Kimberly Weninger
The New Haven Lighthouse stands at the shores of the Long Island Sound at sunset, waiting to greet ships off the coast.
This photo shows a stunning sunset over the backwater in Delaware.
The sunset creates a picturesque reflection on Pine Lake, in the wetlands of Florida’s Everglades National Park. Check out these practically secret national parks you’ll want to visit ASAP.
GeorgiaCountry/Courtesy Shaye Cobb
“My kids and I were heading down to the chicken coop when I noticed all these swallows on the power lines. I couldn’t help but stop and capture the moment. The tops of our sorghum cane and Rocky Top Mountain in the background made for a beautiful backdrop. It truly shows how nature and humans coexist.” — Shaye Cobb
Hawaii is the most western state in the United States, so it witnesses the last sunsets in America every day, complete with perfect beaches and palm trees outlining the spectacle.
IdahoCountry/Courtesy Jim Parker
“I live in the Bear Lake Valley in southeast Idaho. Last winter was a hard, long one for us. This photo was taken in January just before the snow kept coming and got deep enough to cover the fences. This morning it was well below zero. Fog in the mornings was very common. I was going down the road to check on some of the neighboring ranches. The sun was just peeking through the clouds and lingering fog. The old fences were standing as a sentinel, almost as if to say ‘We can make another winter together.’ And we did.” — Jim Parker
Seen here from the waves of Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline sits at the center of an incredible sunset.
IndianaCountry/Courtesy Brenda Donat
“July 26, 2009. Huntington County, Indiana. Near Bippus. I had been in Huntington visiting with friends. On my way home, I decided to drive down “memory lane.” As a child, we lived out in the country on a dirt road and I was trying to locate it. I did. Not only did I find the old farmhouse that we lived in, the bonus photos for the day were due to an incoming thunderstorm.” — Brenda Donat
MaineCountry/Courtesy Rachel Lovejoy
“A few years ago, I had the great privilege of moving to an apartment that overlooked a small body of fresh water in the southern Maine town of Lyman known as Wadleigh Pond. My landlady, who eventually became a friend, invited me on several boat rides the first summer I was there. It was then that I learned the best sunsets to be seen anywhere are those that are over a body of water with the presence of clouds. Without clouds, the setting sun’s light has nothing to bounce off of. And over a pond, such as this one, the sunset’s magnificent colors are reflected in the water. So, in essence, you see not one, but two sunsets—one a mirror image of the other. I no longer live there, but I continue to enjoy the beauty that I found there, including sunsets such as this one, through the many photos I took of that place. But even without them, the memory of my time there will remain forever with me.” — Rachel Lovejoy
MarylandLone Wolf Photography/Shutterstock
In Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, boats sail amid a spectacular sunset.
Purple clouds distinguish this sunset scene at Nauset Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
A lighthouse and pier in Grand Haven, Michigan, sets the scene in front of a beautiful sunset over Lake Michigan.
MinnesotaCountry/Courtesy Gwen Jones
“While visiting a friend in St. Paul, Minnesota this summer, we were treated to a spectacular show as the sun set, with front-row seats on my friend’s fourth-floor balcony. This photo is the fourth in a series of photos that depict the clouds backlit by the setting sun, and becoming progressively more and more red, until finally culminating in this fiery climax just before darkness descended. Good show with good friends—who could ask for more?” — Gwen Jones
This photo shows Mississippi’s Biloxi Pier extending into the Gulf of Mexico at sunset.
MissouriCountry/Courtesy Pat O'Neal
“We were visiting some friends in rural Missouri. This was the sunset scene across the road from their home.” — Pat O’Neal
Cactus flowers help this springtime sunset shine in the Nevada desert. Don’t miss the most stunning desert escapes around the country.
New HampshireCountry/Courtesy Lydia Williams
“The gorgeous sunset on the hay wagon on Wagon Hill in Durham, NH was a beautiful eye catcher. In the winter, children sled down the hill. But this summer sight was so spectacular.” — Lydia Williams
New JerseyCountry/Courtesy Janet Klecz
“This is the vast salt marsh estuary that makes up a large part of the south Jersey topography. It teems with life; mammals, shellfish, and birds. Butterflies, lightning bugs, and frogs. Fish, turtles, and snakes. I captured this photo just between sunset and the rise of the transparent new sugar moon. It is a full briny smelling flood tide, with no breeze at all. This was a very tranquil moment. The entire marsh begins to sing, as unseen creatures awaken to compose new music in the moonlight.” — Janet Klecz
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The Red Rocks area of northern New Mexico is home to some of the most marvelous sunsets in the state.
New YorkCountry/Courtesy Marisa Wiedl
“This photo was shot after a major rain storm this summer. The landscape can change very quickly in upstate New York as summer storms move in, but the good news is they end with lots of rainbows.” — Marisa Wiedl
North CarolinaCountry/Courtesy Heidi Saunders
“Last Friday night was really chilly and the sky was cloudy! So we decided to take a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Water Rock Knob! Twenty minutes later and several degrees colder, the sun was slowly going down and providing a gorgeous show for all to see! Since my new telephoto lens had not come yet, I used my cell phone to capture a few shots! It was a truly perfect evening!” — Heidi Saunders
North DakotaCountry/ Courtesy Carmel Meier Hardison
“I chose this image because this is taken out in rural North Dakota, known for its wheat fields; it also is known for its beauty in sunflowers as well as its sunsets, and I had the opportunity to capture them both in this beautiful image.” — Carmel Meier Hardison
“Beautiful sunset over the Maumee River in northwest Ohio.”
OklahomaCountry/Courtesy Marshalene Wimer
“Rupturing skies above a little country church in Fairview, Oklahoma made me think of the day we have to look forward to when Jesus will come back in the clouds above to come and take His children to Heaven. What a sight and what a day that will be! This was taken on 10-04-16 above our little country town as a dry line was moving through.” — Marshalene Wimer.
OregonCountry/Courtesy Liz Watkins
“On an evening bike ride, I noticed how beautiful the sky was as my daughter rode in front of me. We had to stop and breathe in the still air and capture the feeling in the last few minutes as the sun went down. These are the moments where I’m reminded to be thankful for the serenity of the great Oregon outdoors. It’s beautifully quiet yet intense, especially when you take the time to listen to the sunset.” — Liz Watkins
PennsylvaniaCountry/Courtesy Susan Grove
“Living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania you have a front-row seat to history. Surrounded by the mountains, it is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. The last few years, fields of sorghum have been planted on parts of the battlefield, and they put on quite a show as they begin to acquire their rust-red fall color. On my way home from work one evening, I took a small detour so that I could capture one of the fields with the backdrop of the beautiful orange sunset behind the mountains.” — Susan Grove. Don’t miss some of America’s most stunning hiking trails to see more beautiful sunsets.
Rhode IslandP Meybruck/Shutterstock
The Castle Hill Lighthouse stands in Newport, Rhode Island, to greet ships headed for Providence by way of Narragansett Bay.
South CarolinaCountry/Courtesy Mary Fosnow
“I have always enjoyed stepping outside with my camera around sunset. It’s my favorite time of day. The last moments are sunlight are magical to me. I have witnessed many breathtaking sunsets, with vivid shades of red and orange. But this particular evening, I was stopped in my tracks by the masterpiece in the sky. I was mesmerized by the brilliant hues, all uniting and blending in a perfect display. I live in South Carolina, a beautiful state. I savor the scenery around me as I go about my day. But that evening, I felt especially grateful and lucky to have witnessed such a splendid scene.” — Mary Fosnow
TennesseeCountry/Courtesy Raymond Gobernatz
“Beautiful sunsets on Reelfoot Lake in West Tennessee are unbelievable. Wildlife is abundant. The color these sunsets provide are fantastic.” — Raymond Gobernatz
UtahCountry/Courtesy Katherine Plessner
“On a visit to Bryce National Park on a spring day, it was almost a blizzard when we got there. The sun came out late in the day for some beautiful evening colors.” — Katherine Plessner. Don’t miss these stunning photos of national parks covered in snow.
Boats bask in the golden sunset on Lake Champlain near Burlington, Vermont.
West VirginiaSteve Heap/Shutterstock
The sun sets over the mountains of West Virginia, illuminating the New River Bridge.
WisconsinCountry/Courtesy Gini Waltz
“I could hardly get my camera fast enough when I saw the brilliant sunset over Deer Lake in northern Wisconsin where we have a cabin. I knew that the changing colors in the sky would soon be fading, so I hurried to capture its beauty from several different angles. At the same time as the sun was setting, my husband Jim was casting his fishing line out to try to bring in a bass or walleye. I like the way the silhouettes look against the setting sun.” — Gini Waltz