Xplorie’s Top Three Destinations for Beautiful Sunsets

September 21, 2021

The pandemic has changed our outlook on so many levels, but one thing has been proven, we all have a deeper appreciation for travel and a stronger sense of gratitude for nature, and the freedom of the great outdoors … collecting moments has taken priority over collecting things.

The glow of golden hour is a magical and mesmerizing moment where time seems to stand still, our spiritual sensors engage, inspiration peaks and Mother Nature puts on a free nightly show that enhances her natural beauty (and doesn’t require a filter)! Whether it’s the radiant glow of cotton candy skies reflecting on tranquil ocean waters or a display of psychedelic colors painting the dramatic peaks and desert landscapes, each show is beautiful and unique.

Journey with us as we chase sunsets across the USA.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona boasts some of the world’s best sunsets! As the sun ends it daily journey over the sacred Sonoran Desert, a fiery display of reds, oranges, yellows, and hot pinks light up the skies above Scottsdale. The monsoon season from mid-June to mid-September is the best time to see a sunset in Scottsdale, but regardless of the season, set time aside on your vacation itinerary for a sacred sunset in Scottsdale.

Outdoor adventurers can hike the summit trails of Pinnacle Peak Park or the pristine desert habitat of McDowell Sonoran Preserve for a spectacular sunset over the Sonoran Desert. For a unique sunset experience, the Turrell Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art features an enclosure called Knight Rise with an elliptical opening that frames the electric Scottsdale sunset for an experience never to be forgotten. If you prefer a sunset with a cold brew or cocktail in hand, Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort offers sunset dining on an open-air terrace on the 15th floor, perfectly designed with 360-degree views, or you’ll always find a scenic spot on the Scottsdale Waterfront to end the day with picture-perfect sunset views.

Xplorie partners with iTrip Scottsdale to offer travelers a diverse selection of Scottsdale vacation rentals. Whether you book a resort-style condo for a quick getaway or a spacious pet-friendly home with a heated pool for the whole family, your stay is complemented with free admission to some of Scottsdale’s top attractions – scenic golf and sunset happy hour for the guys, a twilight aquarium experience or a medieval feast for the whole family. Sunsets in Scottsdale are beyond memorable!


Maui, Hawaii

If watching the sun paint the sky as it drops into the ocean waters is more your style, nothing beats a vacation on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Maui boasts miles of pristine coastline, warm ocean breezes, vibrant tropical sunsets that will captivate you each and every evening, and endless ways to enjoy the magical hour of dusk.

The west coast of Maui from Kapalua Bay Beach to Makena Cove is the best place to be for a Maui sunset. Watch an enchanting display of purple and orange hues reflecting off the tidal pools on Kapalua Bay Beach, book an underwater reef viewing adventure of Maui’s barrier reef followed by a sunset in a rooftop lounge (or toes-in-the-sand- tiki bar), or plan a romantic sunset picnic on the quieter shores of Keawakapu Beach or Po’olenalena Beach Park in Kihei.

The Lahaina Pali Trail is the best sunset hike on Maui with panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, the central valley, and the neighboring islands, whale watching from November to May, and the best sunset views on Maui. The trail is a challenging 5-10 mile hike, but a short walk and steep vertical climb up from the Ukumehame trailhead is all you need to soak up Maui’s best sunset (bring a flashlight for the climb down!). Another famous bucket-list Maui sunset can be viewed from 10,023 feet above sea level, atop a dormant volcano at the summit of Haleakalā National Park, we recommend you stay till the stars come out for Maui’s best stargazing!

Xplorie partners with iTrip Maui and Maui Beachfront Rentals to deliver the best vacation accommodation on Maui and with local activity providers for free activities included with each rental. Book with Xplorie and enjoy a complimentary private Maui Jeep tour of the Maui’s beautiful secret spots, hidden gems, and majestic sunrises or a free, romantic sunset cocktail cruise along the shore of Maui, at no additional cost.


The Emerald Coast, Florida

Watch the sun set where the sky meets the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s breathtaking Emerald Coast! The Emerald Coast comprises a collection of coastal communities along Highway 30A from Destin to Panama City Beach with beautiful stretches of white sands, coastal dune lakes, and vibrant rooftop bars and restaurants offering endless opportunities to chase sunsets along the Emerald Coast.

Stay with Breathe Easy Rentals in Destin and watch the sunset from the comfort of your oceanfront balcony or book a complimentary sunset dolphin cruise under a painted sky. Gather family and friends and watch the sun go down with your toes in the sugar-white sands and a blazing bonfire, enjoy sunset dining from an outdoor waterfront patio at HarborWalk Village or fresh seafood and sunset views over Choctawhatchee Bay and the Crab Island sandbar.

Stay with 850 Luxury Homes in Panama City Beach for easy access to more sunset attractions. Take in magnificent sunset views from the SkyWheel at Pier Park, from the pier at St Andrew’s State Park, or join the nightly sunset celebration at Schooners, every night, rain or shine!

For a more secluded setting, Henderson Beach State Park, Top Sail Preserve, Grayton Beach State Park, the scenic dune lakes, and the beaches along 30A are top spots to watch a secluded sunset on the Emerald Coast. Our Xplorie Partner New Wave Property Management will set you up in style and comfort-only moments from the pristine beaches of the Emerald Coast.

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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