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    Sunrises & Sunsets In Our Incredible Destinations

One of the best reasons to visit each of our unique locations is to catch the sunrise somewhere new.

Experience the magic of nature with Xanterra Travel Collection®. Discover breathtaking waterfalls, enchanting forests, and incredible wildlife. But the real highlight? Witnessing stunning sunrises and sunsets in these unique destinations. Picture the golden glow of the sun rising over the Grand Canyon or the dreamy cotton candy skies over Yellowstone National Park. Whether you’re seeking a romantic moment with your loved one or a memorable adventure with friends and family, these locations offer something truly extraordinary.



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Grand Canyon, South Rim

Nothing quite compares to the vastness and beauty of a sunrise or sunset at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. From lofty lookout points along its desert plateaus, all the way down to deep in its valleys lined with majestic canyon walls, here lies some of nature’s most breathtaking views. Whether you’re an amateur photographer looking for that once-in-a-lifetime shot, or someone who simply wants to take in one of Earth’s grandest spectacles, having knowledge of where these stunning sunrises and sunsets can be found is essential. Let us guide you through some of the best places around the Grand Canyon for watching an amazing dawn or dusk unfold; from each comes its own special kind of magic!



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Pima Point
Waking up early can be a challenge, but experiencing the sunrise at Pima Point is worth every moment. As the sky begins to light up with brilliant hues of orange and pink, the vastness of the canyon becomes even more breathtaking. The sun slowly crawls up the horizon, casting bright rays of light across the canyon, illuminating various rock formations along the way. And when the day comes to an end, the sunset at Pima Point is just as incredible. The orange and pink hues turn into shades of purple and blue, creating a dramatic backdrop for the canyon. As the sun dips below the horizon, the colors in the sky intensify, creating a stunning spectacle of nature. The overlook on the northernmost corner of Pima Point lets you gaze 40 miles into the distance, all the way to the Great Scenic Divide to the west. You can catch views of Powell Plateau and glimpse Bright Angel Canyon to the east. You’ll also be able to see Cope Butte, Monument Creek, and Travertine Canyon, making this one of the most spellbinding places in the canyon with several of its most visited landmarks on display while you watch the sun go down.



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Hopi Point
Perhaps one of the most popular places to catch a sunset whilst in the Grand Canyon is Hopi Point. This iconic location offers unparalleled vistas of the Western Grand Canyon, including panoramic views of Havasupai Point and the Great Scenic Divide. Marvel at the vast canyon below and witness the Colorado River rapids. But be prepared, the legendary sunsets at Hopi Point are so incredible that it attracts a lively crowd. Arrive early so you can grab a prime viewing spot!



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Death Valley National Park

Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets at Death Valley National Park, located on the California and Nevada border. The sunniest months, from May to October, promise the brightest mornings and extended evenings. To catch a glimpse of stunning desert skies behind other-worldly desert landscapes, check out these incredible locations:


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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are not to be missed! Renowned for the dramatic shadows that dance upon the landscape, and the ever-shifting curves of the dunes, the sunrises and sunsets here are simply spectacular. In the mornings, the dunes become a surreal masterpiece, a captivating tapestry of pink, purple, and orange. And as the day draws to a close, the sky transforms into a radiant canvas with hues of gold and red, casting a romantic glow across the desert landscape. A perfect backdrop, whether you’re an avid photographer or seeking to immerse yourself in nature’s magnificence. After sunset, linger a while to marvel at the famed dark night skies of Death Valley.

Dante's View Death Valley

Dantes View
For an epic adventure, check out the sunset from the spectacular heights of the Black Mountains. Positioned at an impressive 5,476 feet, this is the ultimate vantage point to witness the mesmerizing sight of the lowest point in North America, the iconic Badwater Basin. For your safety, we recommend driving up to Dante’s View rather than venturing on a nighttime hike. This spot is a nature lover’s paradise and, despite its popularity, offers plenty of quiet spots to peacefully soak in the awe-inspiring sunset.



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Yellowstone National Park

No matter what time of year it is, Yellowstone National Park has some of the most stunningly beautiful sunrises and sunsets that one can ever behold. Whether you’re passionate about the local wildlife or simply looking for a break from reality to refresh your spirit, this park really does provide something special in terms of natural scenery. There are endless places at Yellowstone to witness a captivating dawn or dusk; here are our favorites:


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Mount Washburn
If you’re a morning person, pack your bags and head over to the highest peak in Yellowstone and catch the sunrise at Mount Washburn. Embark on this 6.4-mile loop hike to reach the lookout tower at the summit and prepare to be amazed as you soak in the panoramic views that stretch up to 50 miles on a clear day. This hidden gem is one of Yellowstone’s best-kept secrets, offering a tranquil sunrise experience away from the crowds. Witness the first rays of light illuminate the majestic mountains, vibrant geothermal pools, and wildlife-filled valleys of Yellowstone that will leave you speechless.

White Dome Geyser on Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park

Firehole Lake Drive
Prepare to be amazed on this incredible 2-mile drive to Firehole Lake, where you’ll experience the beauty of Yellowstone’s geothermal wonders. Witness the mesmerizing geysers, bubbling hot springs, and a stunning cascading waterfall. But the real showstopper awaits as the sun sets over the breathtaking Great Fountain Geyser pool. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque boardwalk surrounding the lake and soak in the jaw-dropping sunset views. And just when you think it can’t get any better, hold your breath as you reach the end of the trail and witness the fiery Hot Cascades waterfall, flowing from Black Warrior into Hot Lake. The scenery is incredible at any time, but the views when the sky changes colors creates an impressive backdrop for the Lower Geyser Basin that is not to be missed!


Windstar Cruises

Ready to chase the sun around the world? One of the best ways to see a sunrise or sunset from a new angle is aboard a Windstar Cruise. Enjoy the view from the comfort of your cabin balcony or head to the deck for a front-row seat. Whether taking in the beauty of the sun rising above the Mediterranean Sea or watching the sun go down over the Caribbean horizon, each day brings a new location and a new opportunity to witness nature’s captivating display. You won’t want to miss out on these magical moments across a vast assortment of remarkable destinations. Here are the locations at the top of our list: 



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Romance in the South Pacific
There’s something magical about watching the sunrise or sunset aboard a Windstar Cruise in Tahiti. As the sun peeks over the horizon, illuminating the endless crystal-clear waters in vibrant hues of orange and pink, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a dream. The colors are so vivid that they seem to blend together effortlessly, creating a scene straight out of a painting. The beauty of a sunrise in a secluded island paradise is truly unparalleled.


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New Itineraries in the Middle East
Experience the breathtaking sunrise over the Red Sea or Persian Gulf on a luxurious Windstar Cruise. Be among the first to marvel at nature’s exquisite beauty on their newest sailings in the Middle East. Embark on a captivating journey along ancient spice and incense routes, exploring royal Egyptian tombs, red Sahara dunes, enchanting Bedouin villages, and vibrant oil-rich cities that have emerged from the desert in record time. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the vibrant sunrises and sunsets of the Middle East in style and comfort aboard a yacht-style Windstar Cruise. 


VBT Bicycling Vacations & Country Walkers

Embark on an exhilarating European adventure with VBT Bicycling Vacations and Country Walkers! Discover nature’s true wonders and connect with fellow explorers in an intimate setting. Choose from a wide range of thrilling trips to stunning European destinations. Immerse yourself in local culture, witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets at your own pace, and form personal bonds with extraordinary locals. Whether you seek the magic of dawn in Greece or the magnificence of a Norwegian sunset, get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Explore Italy With VBT Bicycling Vacations
Imagine what sights you’ll be able to appreciate as you traverse rolling hills, lush vineyards, and the charming villages of VBT’s tour of Italy: Tuscany, Chianti and Marina di Castagneto. Take in gorgeous sunrises and breathtaking sunsets as you cycle through Tuscan vineyards and the fascinating Estrucan city of Populonia. Indulge in thermal pool soaks, sip world-renowned wines, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Italy as you discover rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine.


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Croatia with Country Walkers
This spectacular walking tour will take you on an immersive experience into the undiscovered, intimate side of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Imagine starting your day with a breathtaking sunrise over the Adriatic Sea, and ending it with a spectacular sunset over the island-studded coast. The beautifully crafted itinerary takes you through charming Croatian villages, historic sites, and unspoiled beaches, making every moment of your journey a true delight. You’ll feel invigorated and inspired as you make your way through this enchanting country. 

Chase the Sun to Your Next Adventure

From a sun-kissed horizon over Tahiti to shimmering sunsets in Death Valley National Park, Xanterra Travel Collection® brings you unique and indescribable experiences around the world. Book your bucket list trip today! For more travel inspiration, please visit