The best sunset spots across the East Coast make our list for both natural and man-made attractions.
Sea Princess Sunset Cruise [Bar Harbor, ME]
An hour-and-a-half-long cruise with Bar Harbor Cruises travels through Somes Sound (the only natural fjord on the Eastern Seaboard), with mountains rising dramatically on either side of the deep-water passage. At twilight, the outlines of the mountains of Acadia National Park create a rugged sunset backdrop. Be sure to choose a marina resort to see the sunsets on the open water.
Along Rockland Breakwater [Rockland Harbor, ME]
An orange-red sunset brings out the color of the pink granite in this mile-long walkway that juts out into the harbor, filling the whole scene with colors reflected onto the water and against the sails of schooners out for an evening cruise.
Where to Stay Samoset Resort
Moonlight Movies [Clearwater Beach, FL]
Fire eaters, stilt walkers, and live music can draw quite the nightly crowd at Pier 60. But a stop on a Friday or Saturday night offers up free film screenings. Thrown down a blanket, grab a bucket of popcorn, and let the children enjoy an evening show while you cuddle up and watch the backdrop of ombre orange hues.
Where to Stay Sandpearl Resort
Picnic Getaway [Lake George, NY]
Speaker Heck Island, a small picnic island accessible by kayak or boat, sits six miles south of Bolton Landing. If you look back at the western shore, the Adirondacks are a bit lower, thus allowing a longer view of the sun’s last gasp casting its glow over the lake and mountains.
Where to Stay The Sagamore Resort
Dancing with the Sun [Key West, FL]
While the setting sun on the Atlantic might make Mallory Square the best sunset spot for Key West, it’s actually the plethora of buskers that makes this spot special. Think flaming Hula-Hoop acts and Dominque the Cat Man, who has been training acrobatic kittens since 1981.