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.
Nothing like a sunset
What’s happening during a sunset is really pretty straightforward. The sun is lowering beneath the horizon (or at least appears to be since it’s actually Earth that’s moving!), making the sky change colors, often enhanced by the pattern of clouds. Despite that, though, you can’t deny that a sunset is one of the most incredible sights out there—no matter how many you’ve already seen. And somehow, every sunset manages to be different! Here’s what readers of our sister brand, Country magazine, have to say about where to spot the most beautiful sunsets in their home state. Plus, get a look at some of the most colorful natural features on the planet.
Country/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. Did you know about these other stunning islands you can visit without leaving the country?
“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 12 secret features hidden in America’s national parks.
Country/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
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Country/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. These 30 photos will make you fall in love with country life.
The New Haven Lighthouse stands at the shores of the Long Island Sound at sunset, waiting to greet ships off the coast. Here are some more photos of beautiful lighthouses to visit from coast to coast.
This photo shows a stunning sunset over the backwater in Delaware.
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