Last Updated on December 10, 2020
The sunrise is capable of giving us absolutely wonderful experiences of contemplation. There’s a singular beauty and a reassuring peace of mind associated with this moment that brings us closer to nature and shows us how small we are in comparison to the vastness of the universe. There you are, watching the sun slowly lit up the skies from behind the mountains while the entire city is still asleep and dreaming about the future.
Considering that this experience offers similar emotions to thousands of people, there is a huge amount of people traveling the country from one end to the other in search of the perfect place to watch the sunrise. To save you some research time, we decided to provide you with a list of 9 most famous places to appreciate the sunrise in the United States. So please take note and if you ever book a trip to one of these places in the future do yourself a favor and set aside some time to enjoy this beautiful moment, either alone or in the presence of someone you deeply care about. We promise it will be stunning.
Table of Contents
1. Key West – Florida
This island city located at the southernmost point of Florida is known for its amazing beaches, palm trees, tropical climate, and… the amazing sunrises and sunsets. And the best part is that you can appreciate the sunrise quite comfortably, so it is a great option for those of you who don’t fit in the “adventurous traveler” category. Book a hotel room near the east shore with a clear view of the sea, set the alarm for ten minutes before sunrise, and sit down in the terrace with a hot cup of coffee to enjoy the fabulous view.
2. Saguaro National Park – Arizona
Watching the sunrise in the middle of the desert can also provide you with incredible moments. If you have always been attracted to the landscape of the desert and the imagery it evokes, a trip to Tucson, Arizona is absolutely mandatory. The Saguaro National Park has over 92,000 acres of volcanic rock surface and cactus and is described as the “universal symbol of the American west”. Wake up early and start exploring it while the sun rises – the morning is the best time to walk the desert landscape due to the lower temperatures.
3. Cadillac Mountain – Maine
Located within the Acadia National Park, the Cadillac Mountain is known to be the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard with an elevation of 1,527 feet. It had to be included in this list because the mountain is known to be the first place in the United States to see the sunrise. However, this is only true from October through March, so if you want to feel unique by being one of the first people in the US to see the sun on a specific day, you need to keep those dates in mind.
4. Druid Hill Park– Maryland
This urban park in northwest Baltimore was inaugurated in 1860 which makes it one of the oldest public parks in the United States along with Central Park (New York), Fairmount Park (Philadelphia), and the Golden Gate Park (San Francisco). The Druid Hill Park is a great sunrise spot because it’s perfectly still lake reflects all the colors in the sky creating a beautiful pallet. Being surrounded by a big city makes the entire landscape even more peculiar. It is definitely a great motivation for early morning runners to get out of the bed for their jogging session.
5. Cape Hatteras – North Carolina
What makes Cape Hatteras so special for watching the sunrise is its location. It is a bend in Hatteras Island that arch out into the Atlantic Ocean and then back towards the mainland, acting as a kind of barrier island that separates the sea from the mainland. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a place that offers you a privileged view of the sunrise. And if you are a fan of bird-watching then this is the perfect travel destination for your next vacations.
6. Grand Canyon – Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the United States and everybody in the world has already heard about this magnificent beauty of nature – in case you don’t know, it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are a few awesome places to watch the sunrise, but the Yaki Point at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the best. Prepare yourself to be amazed by the beautiful colors and scenic landscape as the sun start shining on the side of the mountains.
7. Seattle – Washington
When you think about Seattle the first thing that comes to your mind is probably those giant skyscrapers looking down over the harbor. That’s why the Carkeek Park is so incredible. Once in there, you can’t tell you are right beside the Seattle metropolis. The park is very peaceful and green, and the reflections on the water are able to turn each sunrise in a unique and unforgettable experience. If you live near Seattle, Carkeek Park is a place you really need to visit.
8. Moab – Utah
Moab is a city located on the southern end of the Grand County that is known for its national parks. Adventurous travelers love hiking in the Arches National Park. You have probably seen pictures of this place already since the Delicate Arch overlooking the La Sal Mountains is a very well known spot widely replicated in tourist guides and travel blogs. It is also the perfect place for watching the sunrise thanks to the color of the rocks and their weird shapes. Take a few photos of the moment to delight your Instagram followers.
9. Miami – Florida
The sunrise is all about the colors it creates and the serenity of the early morning hours. Miami is far from being peaceful during those hours due to the frenzy created by people coming out of the city’s famous night clubs and by those who are starting their working day at dawn. However, if there is one thing that made Miami famous all over the world it is its purplish-red dreamy colors. And when the sun rises above the Atlantic Ocean, the colors of Miami come to life and create a distinctive and charming ambiance. The same thing can be said about sunset.