12 of the Most Stunning Sunsets Worth Taking an End of Summer Road Trip For

It is better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times ~ Asian Proverb

The sun is getting close to setting on summer, and it is the perfect time for one more quick road trip. All over North America, there are breathtaking landscapes that make for some of the world’s best sunsets. Here are twelve spots in the United States where you can take a quick road trip to find some of the most beautiful sunsets in the US, sights so spectacular you have to see them for yourself.

Now, all you have to do is pack a picnic and hit the highway.

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In Acadia National Park, the sweeping views from Cadillac Mountain offer a breathtaking panorama making it an ideal place to catch a sunset.

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The sun rises in the east and sets in the west making California home to some of the most beautiful over-ocean sunsets imaginable. Personally, I like to stick to the warmer southern end making Santa Barbara and it’s shores a top pick. Here is the Perfect Weekend itinerary filled with luxury, wine and adventure if you decide to visit

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The redstone of Arizona grabs the vibrant colors of the sun and gives the sunset such an intensity, it is hard not to be moved by it. The overlooks at Grand Canyon have unimpeded views of the sunset, and the vast terrain will mesmerize you.

Ansel Adams is one of the photographers that has made Yosemite a major spot for photography. Of the millions of people that flock there, capturing the perfect sunset photo is top of the list…Especially the “firefall” effect that happens for one week in February when the sun hits the water at Horsetail Fall and makes it look like lava. Aside from this phenomenon, Yosemite has a variety of amazing spots to snap that perfect sunset, and Glacier Point is one of my favorites.

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In Main, the Portland Head Lighthouse at Fort Williams Park is a gorgeous spot to catch a sunset. There is plenty of area for recreation, and the colors of the sky against the ocean make it look like a watercolor painting.

Glacier National Park has incredible drives throughout the park. The Going to the Sun Road has parts that are open all year, and it is an amazing, if not a heart pounding drive. Its twists and turns as it climbs the mountain will make anyone white-knuckle the steering wheel, but it is worth the views especially during a sunset.

Mallory Square in Key West, FL is the perfect spot to hang out and catch a great sunset. You can buy a hot dog and a beer while you watch performers and wait for the sun to set on the ocean. It is a great relaxing spot to just let the day come to an end.

Sunset Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu, and it lives up to its name. The colors are unbelievably captivating and people flock to the beach to capture its serene beauty.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is a winding road that travels through historic cities with 469 miles through southern Appalachia. It is a peaceful drive that captures the wild beauty of North Carolina and an ideal spot to watch the sunset.

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Olympic National Park has a variety of beautiful spots to watch the sunset, but Cape Flattery is one of the more amazing areas. It is the northwestern most point in the contiguous United States, and the water, looming stacks and wildlife make sunsets breathtaking.

The rocky cliffs of Gay Head Cliffs in Massachusetts are a spectacular spot to watch the day come to an end. There is also a lighthouse open part of the season, and visitors can climb it to get a bird’s eye view of the area.


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As you know, we’re big fans of Kia around here. We love that they offer a wide variety of models to fit just about every budget and need; from eco-friendly compact cars to family-sized crossovers – all are perfect for plain old boring road trips or amazing sunset seeking missions. Three of our top picks from the current Kia lineup are:

  • the award winning Kia Optima which recently earned the highest designation possible as the Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • the luxurious Kia Cadenza that just won the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) awards, and, 
  • also an APEAL award winner, the most fuel-efficient crossover in America (up to 52mpg city/49mpg highway), the Kia Niro. 

Whether you’re packing up for one last summer trip to take in every amazing sunset in the US, or getting ready for a new school year, these cars are practically oozing with the latest automotive technology and comforts to make any drive, long or short, enjoyable.

I am a #KiaMom who drives a #KiaSorento. All opinions remain my own.

Here are twelve spots where you can take a quick road trip to find some of the most beautiful sunsets in the US, sights so spectacular you have to see them for yourself! via @jeanabeena #Travel
Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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  1. Catvills
    August 21, 2017 at 12:46 am — Reply

    These sunsets are awe inspiring. I got teary eyed looking at them. I love sunsets too and it has been my dream to capture photos of beautiful sunsets in places I visit. Thank you for sharing these photos. You made me truly happy today.

  2. August 20, 2017 at 7:51 am — Reply

    I love looking at a sunset everyday. It makes me feel so peaceful. Feels like everything was so easy.

  3. Ave
    August 19, 2017 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Wow, so many amazing sunsets! I think ocean sunsets are my favorite by far but the view from the Cadillac Mountain really is breathtaking!

  4. August 19, 2017 at 3:23 am — Reply

    These are gorgeous and give me some tips for when I want to visit the US! I went to Crete, Greece a few years back and the sunset was breathtaking.

  5. Kelly Reci
    August 19, 2017 at 2:40 am — Reply

    Stunning indeed. These are great shot of this wonderful sunsets! It’s very nice to see sunsets, it may also be relaxing after a exhausting day.

  6. August 18, 2017 at 8:50 pm — Reply

    These all seem like such amazing spots to watch the sunset! And Kia is the perfect car to get you there. We rented one on our last vacation and thought it was so roomy, we’re considering a Kia for our next vehicle purchase.

  7. August 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm — Reply

    Gorgeous! There are some amazing ones there. Catching a sunset is one of my favorite things!

  8. August 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    I’m currently on an end-of-summer trip with my littles in Florida. We have had some gorgeous sunsets on the beach here. The sunsets you have featured are amazingly beautiful and I am hard-pressed to pick a favorite!

  9. Gladys parker
    August 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Arcadia National Park is my absolute favorite choice for a sun set seeing road trip, however, so many were as beautiful. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also stunning. I can’t choose. As for the Kia’s the Cadenza would be my choice, I think!

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