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Ten
dazzling spots to share sundown—from mountaintops to sea islands and deserts
dotted with giraffes.

It’s
clichéd but true: falling in love is easy at sunset. At day’s end, when the sun
dips toward the horizon and bathes everything—including your companion’s
adoring expression—in an amber glow, it’s hard not to feel infused with dreamy
inner warmth. After all, thousands of postcards and screen savers can’t be
wrong.

But
though every sunset is beautiful in its way, real romantics (and their wedding
planners) scour the globe, seeking the truly spectacular vantage points—the
ones with the most vibrant colors and swoon-worthy vistas. What makes a sunset
view truly unforgettable? Not surprisingly, there are almost as many opinions
as there are sunsets.

“You
need an expansive view uncluttered by tall trees and hills,” advises Lester Lefkowitz, a lecturer at New York City’s
International Center of Photography and
author of four photography books. And many agree that classic, wide-open
skies—whether they’re over the sea or the desert—allow for uninterrupted
viewing of the sun’s grand farewell.

Others,
though, prefer the contrast of dramatic peaks, landforms, and architecture to
offset evening’s fiery colors. For instance, soaring Hawaiian mountains,
stately European buildings, and ancient Asian temples all lend their own
majesty to the sunset.

Still
others, though, believe that identifying the world’s best sunset spots has more
to do with science than aesthetics. According to Stephen Corfidi, lead
forecaster at the National Storm Prediction
Center
in Oklahoma, the grandest sunsets are in warmer latitudes; in cold
climates, inversion layers trap a hazy layer of air near the ground, which can
dull the colors. A little rain bodes well for a glorious sunset, too, Corfidi
says; in the tropics—like Tahiti’s Bora-Bora—the
frequent showers scrub the air of dust and grime, so evening hues look
brighter.

Contrary
to popular belief, Corfidi says, pollution doesn’t cause a more vibrant
display. “If this were true,” he says, “then cities like New York and Mexico City would be famous for spectacular sunsets, and they’re not.”

Of
course, urban romantics needn’t worry too much—a holiday, or even a day trip,
may be all that’s required to get to a prime sunset-viewing spot. And the best
thing about sunsets is, there’s no shortage of them. If you don’t catch a
perfect one today, you can always try for tomorrow.

World's Most Romantic Sunsets

Ten
dazzling spots to share sundown—from mountaintops to sea islands and deserts
dotted with giraffes.

It’s
clichéd but true: falling in love is easy at sunset. At day’s end, when the sun
dips toward the horizon and bathes everything—including your companion’s
adoring expression—in an amber glow, it’s hard not to feel infused with dreamy
inner warmth. After all, thousands of postcards and screen savers can’t be
wrong.

But
though every sunset is beautiful in its way, real romantics (and their wedding
planners) scour the globe, seeking the truly spectacular vantage points—the
ones with the most vibrant colors and swoon-worthy vistas. What makes a sunset
view truly unforgettable? Not surprisingly, there are almost as many opinions
as there are sunsets.

“You
need an expansive view uncluttered by tall trees and hills,” advises Lester Lefkowitz, a lecturer at New York City’s
International Center of Photography and
author of four photography books. And many agree that classic, wide-open
skies—whether they’re over the sea or the desert—allow for uninterrupted
viewing of the sun’s grand farewell.

Others,
though, prefer the contrast of dramatic peaks, landforms, and architecture to
offset evening’s fiery colors. For instance, soaring Hawaiian mountains,
stately European buildings, and ancient Asian temples all lend their own
majesty to the sunset.

Still
others, though, believe that identifying the world’s best sunset spots has more
to do with science than aesthetics. According to Stephen Corfidi, lead
forecaster at the National Storm Prediction
Center
in Oklahoma, the grandest sunsets are in warmer latitudes; in cold
climates, inversion layers trap a hazy layer of air near the ground, which can
dull the colors. A little rain bodes well for a glorious sunset, too, Corfidi
says; in the tropics—like Tahiti’s Bora-Bora—the
frequent showers scrub the air of dust and grime, so evening hues look
brighter.

Contrary
to popular belief, Corfidi says, pollution doesn’t cause a more vibrant
display. “If this were true,” he says, “then cities like New York and Mexico City would be famous for spectacular sunsets, and they’re not.”

Of
course, urban romantics needn’t worry too much—a holiday, or even a day trip,
may be all that’s required to get to a prime sunset-viewing spot. And the best
thing about sunsets is, there’s no shortage of them. If you don’t catch a
perfect one today, you can always try for tomorrow.

Images of Africa Photobank/Alamy

World's Most Romantic Sunsets

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