The greatest show on the planet is one that's free and takes place twice per day; sunrise and sunset. As the glowing sun paints the sky with its glorious colors, the enchanting light and vibrancy as morning breaks and night time arrives deliver a serene state of awe, which cannot be compared to any other feeling at any other time of the day.

As the sun's artistic flair provides a sensational backdrop against Mother Nature's design and creations, most people would agree that there's no better place to be than when the sun welcomes the day or says "goodnight" as evening draws in. However, think again, for there is indeed a better place to for enjoying these formidable moments of the day. "Where?" one might ask - the folks at found out the answers to that exact burning question.


By sifting through tons of TripAdvisor data, spent countless hours and intense effort to discover not only the precise locations of the very best sunrises and sunsets, but also to rank them all - officially. From the best US states to exotic destinations all around the globe, these are the top, most-celebrated places to soak up a stunning sunrise - whilst the best sunset spots are right here.

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How Does It Work?

So, how did they do it? To gather data on the best places to watch a sunrise and sunset, the geniuses at used TripAdvisor's "Things To Do" option to search for the keywords “sunset” and “sunrise” in each country of the world and in every US state. After extensive searches and sifting through masses of data, they deemed the places with the highest number of "sunset" and "sunrise" mentions in their public reviews as the best places to catch the sunset or sunrise.

To increase the accuracy of their analysis and the resulting data, the team removed any destination that included “sunrise” or “sunset” in its name from the dataset, as well as eliminating any attractions offering excursions, experiences, and tours to locations around these places. This means that the locations with the highest mentions - and thus branded the best sunrise and sunset spots - were restricted to physical locations, such as buildings, beaches, mountain peaks, and other public areas.

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Official: The Best Place To See The Sunrise In Every Country Around The World

Trekkers, adventurers, and early-risers, pack a hiking bag and head to the sacred Angkor Wat Temple before the sun comes up, for this spiritual place is officially the epitome of sunrise beauty. Not solely is this holy Cambodian Buddhist temple complex in Siem Reap a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is indeed one of the most-reviewed, and thus top sunrise locations on Earth.

With its 10,404 mentions on TripAdvisor, the temple and its majestic sunrises lead to the assumption that it is undoubtedly the very best place on the planet for taking in the scenery as morning breaks. In fact, it has two and a half times more mentions for its sunrise than any other attraction in the world - and one glance makes it all perfectly clear why.

Boasting dramatic mountains, glistening lakes, and lush tropical national parks overflowing with the songs of wildlife, a vibrant-hued sunrise is an ultimate cherry atop this spectacular spot that's nothing short of visual fantasia. One reviewer of Angkor Wat writes: "The walk through the trees to the east gate, and on to the main complex, is magical – often no one around at an early hour, with the birds singing as it grows light”  a description that sounds exactly like heaven.

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The 10 Best Places In The World To See The Sunrise

It's not just Cambodia's Angkor Wat that's earned its sunrise crown either; based on their TripAdvisor analysis, the people at have officially ranked dozens upon dozens more of the world's best sunrise assets in order of their number of mentions, and have created interactive galleries for everyone to explore many of these locations.

The Official Top Sunrise Locations Around The World

According to their results,'s top places around the world for witnessing the best sunrises that nature has to offer are in order as follows:

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia (10,404 mentions)
  • Haleakala Crater, United States of America (3,933 mentions)
  • Taj Mahal, India (2,819 mentions)
  • Borobudur Temple, Indonesia (1,600 mentions)
  • Uluru, Australia (1,085 mentions)
  • Sarangkot, Nepal (981 mentions)
  • Bagan Temples, Myanmar (797 mentions)
  • Adam's Peak (Sri pada), Sri Lanka (649 mentions)
  • Charles Bridge, Czech Republic (581 mentions)
  • Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Peru (470 mentions)
  • Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates (379 mentions)
  • White Sand Dunes, Vietnam (348 mentions)
  • Kanyakumari Beach, Bangladesh (328 mentions)
  • Seongsan Ilchulbong, South Korea (311 mentions)
  • Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia (295 mentions)
  • Geyser del Tatio, Chile (256 mentions)
  • Masada National Park, Israel (239 mentions)
  • Punta Sur, Mexico (236 mentions)
  • Mt. Huangshan, China (232 mentions)
  • Lion's Head, South Africa (226 mentions)
  • Mount Phousi, Laos (222 mentions)
  • Kiltepan, Philippines (220 mentions)
  • Mount Sinai, Egypt (218 mentions)
  • Sun Voyager, Iceland (216 mentions)
  • Stonehenge, United Kingdom (212 mentions)
  • Ko Lipe, Thailand (190 mentions)
  • Mount Fuji, Japan (187 mentions)
  • Piazzale Michelangelo, Italy (187 mentions)
  • Acatenango Volcano, Guatemala (185 mentions)
  • Moraine Lake, Canada (151 mentions)
  • Sossusvlei, Namibia (151 mentions)
  • Ali Mountain (Alishan), Taiwan (146 mentions)
  • Volcan Baru National Park, Panama (108 mentions)
  • Pico do Papagaio, Brazil (107 mentions)
  • Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan (103 mentions)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (95 mentions)
  • Mount Nemrut, Turkey (77 mentions)
  • Merzouga Desert, Morocco (77 mentions)
  • Mount Kenya, Kenya (74 mentions)
  • Parc Guell, Spain (69 mentions)
  • Outdoorlife Norway, Norway (68 mentions)
  • Mount Maunganui Summit Track, New Zealand (64 mentions)
  • Volcano Day, Nicaragua (61 mentions)
  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia (60 mentions)
  • Kamari Beach, Greece (60 mentions)
  • Promenade des Anglais, France (58 mentions)
  • Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar (58 mentions)
  • Pico do Arieiro, Portugal (56 mentions)
  • Halaszbastya, Hungary (48 mentions)
  • The Matterhorn, Switzerland (46 mentions)
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe (45 mentions)
  • Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus (41 mentions)
  • The Corniche, Qatar (37 mentions)
  • Bru na Boinne, Republic Of Ireland (33 mentions)
  • Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina (32 mentions)
  • Merlion Park, Singapore (30 mentions)
  • Brandenburg Gate, Germany (30 mentions)
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia (25 mentions)
  • Kubu Island, Botswana (24 mentions)
  • Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Oman (21 mentions)
  • Sahara Desert, Tunisia (20 mentions)
  • Playa Guiones, Costa Rica (16 mentions)
  • Corniche Beirut, Lebanon (16 mentions)
  • The Little Mermaid, Denmark (16 mentions)
  • Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Iran (14 mentions)
  • Hulhumale Beach, Maldives (14 mentions)
  • Vitamin Sea, Mauritius (13 mentions)
  • Meroe Pyramids, Sudan (13 mentions)
  • Walled City of Cartagena, Colombia (12 mentions)
  • Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia (12 mentions)
  • Edge of The World, Saudi Arabia (11 mentions)
  • Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia (11 mentions)
  • Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (10 mentions)

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The Best Sunrises In the US

What's more, the legends at also used their talents to analyze not only the best locations for sunrise around the world but also the very best in the USA. The states all over the US are no strangers to prodigious sunrises, with each and every one offering its own renowned region for watching the sun come up. From futuristic city skylines and rocky mountain peaks to luscious forests and vast deserts as far as the eye can see, the diversity of the United States Of America's terrain serves as a sublime canvas for an unparalleled sunrise.

Of course, many Americans are biased towards their own state and its serene settings, however, according to's findings, there are particular US state contenders that come far above others. Based on the same analysis of TripAdvisor mentions, the most-reviewed sunrises throughout the country in each state have been officially discovered.

With 3,933 Tripadvisor mentions,'s data shows that Hawaii's Haleakala Crater takes the lead as the USA's number one place for watching the rising sun - a miraculous scene that's also third on the list of the world's best sunrise-watching destinations. The name of the crater itself actually means "house of the sun" - a fitting term to go with its prestigious leading spot on the USA's ranked sunrise-gazing sites. So, anyone who needs a nudge to book that ticket and jet-set off to Hawaii has even more of a reason to get going already.

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On the other hand, the people of Arizona should stand tall and proud, for those folks and their magnificent state's jewel are officially the best on the American mainland. Results show that the Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona is the best point for viewing the sun come up on the USA's mainland, and is second just behind Haleakala Crater on the list of most-reviewed sunrise scenes in the country with 1,212 TripAdvisor mentions.

Not quite convinced? Well, let the words of those who've already been hypnotized by the Grand Canyon South Rim's rising sun sway the mind; one visitor wrote “We visited the south rim and spend several hours late in the day watching shadows began to shift into the canyon".

As this spectacular Arizona whereabouts' many glowing reviews imply, it would seem that the rocky formations and stupefying canyon landscapes beautifully merge with the sky's ever-changing colors and the sun's eloquent casted shadows, which dance majestically on the layers upon layers of ancient rocks built up over the eons to form nothing other than the pinnacle of a natural spectacle of art.

The Best Places In Each US State For Watching The Sunrise

Americans and US-dwelling early birds residing elsewhere: rejoice, for there are also plenty more of the country's most incredible sunrise-viewing locations strewn across the vast nation waiting to be admired. Like they did for the best places around the world for sunrises, also found and ranked the top spots in the USA for watching the nation's illustrious morning breaks using the same analysis of TripAdvisor data. In order of their number of mentions in reviews on the site, these are the US's most unbeatable sunrise-gazing hotspots:

  • Haleakala Crater, Hawaii (3,933 mentions)
  • Grand Canyon South Rimm Arizona (1,212 mentions)
  • Cadillac Mountain, Maine (955 mentions)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (932 mentions)
  • Zabriskie Point, California (247 mentions)
  • Mount Rainier, Washington (225 mentions)
  • Garden of the Gods, Colorado (219 mentions)
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada (209 mentions)
  • Empire State Building, New York (188 mentions)
  • Driftwood Beach, Georgia (178 mentions)
  • St. Augustine Beach, Florida (163 mentions)
  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia (138 mentions)
  • Coligny Beach, South Carolina (106 mentions)
  • White Sands National Monument, New Mexico (99 mentions)
  • Lamar Valley, Wyoming (76 mentions)
  • Ocean City Beach, Maryland (72 mentions)
  • The Seawall, Texas (48 mentions)
  • Clingmans Dome, Tennessee (48 mentions)
  • Loop Road, South Dakota (47 mentions)
  • Cliff Walk, Rhode Island (45 mentions)
  • Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (44 mentions)
  • Salem God's Acre Cemetery, North Carolina (39 mentions)
  • Mount Nebo State Park, Arkansas (33 mentions)
  • Cape May City Beaches, New Jersey (31 mentions)
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota (24 mentions)
  • Nauset Beach, Massachusetts (21 mentions)
  • Rehoboth Beach Public Beach, Delaware (21 mentions)
  • Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska (21 mentions)
  • Lake Michigan, Illinois (19 mentions)
  • Lake McDonald, Montana (19 mentions)
  • The Big Four Bridge, Kentucky (17 mentions)
  • Arch Rock, Michigan (16 mentions)
  • Lakewalk, Minnesota (16 mentions)
  • Monument Rocks, Kansas (12 mentions)
  • Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire (11 mentions)
  • Biloxi Beach, Mississippi (10 mentions)
  • Cave Point County Park, Wisconsin (10 mentions)

Get Interactive: Check Out The Top Places For Sunrises And Sunsets Around The World And The USA

It's official; from the USA's states to the rest of the world, all these spots boast the planet's best sunrises based on reviews of people who've actually been there to witness them. And with such a high number of places on these lists, surely everyone will be close enough to at least one of them to be able to experience a fantasy sunrise for themselves.

So, the next time early risers, photographers, outdoorsy folks, and sunrise lovers are planning a dream trip away, checking to see how high their desired destination ranks on the list of the world's and the USA's best places to catch the sunrise might just be that defining "book it" factor. Just don't forget a camera!

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