The magic of a bright sunrise or a sunset filled with pink and orange never fails to captivate us. Nature's finest shows are romantic, enchanting, and best of all, free.
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Watch the first light of the day spill over the water of spectacular Lake Huron, the second largest of North America’s Great Lakes and the third-largest lake in the world. With a surface area of roughly 60,000 square kilometers, no matter where you are on its shores you can’t see the other side, making it look like you are watching the sun rise out of the ocean.
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Consistently voted one of the best places in the world to see the sunset, few places can compete with the cliff-side town of Oia in Santorini, Greece. The whitewashed buildings that sprawl down the mountainside reflect the colours of the sunset to perfectly you could be fooled into thinking they are not white at all, but brilliant shades of pink, orange and gold. On top of this, the town is angled so perfectly towards where the sun sinks into the horizon, it appears as if the town was built to watch the sunset from.
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Rub' al Khali Desert
The legendary Rub' al Khali Desert is one of the world’s largest uninterrupted sand deserts, spanning 1000 kilomters long and 5000 kilometres wide across a third of the Arabian Peninsula through parts of Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. In the morning light of the sunrise, the ever-shifting sand dunes, some reaching over 250 metres in height, glow every shade or orange and red under the sun.
The romance of Italy’s ‘city of lovers’ aside, Venice is one of the world’s most amazing cities to watch the sunset in. With the waters of the city reflecting the last golden rays of the day, beautiful 15th century architecture, and gondolas drifting lazily down the canals, Venice is the ultimate canvas for a sunset masterpiece.
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What better place to witness the sunrise than in the land of the rising sun? The top of Japan’s highest peak Mount Fuji is one of the most popular spots in the world to witness the dawn of a new day. Standing at 3800 metres, the sun is usually seen rising from a sea of clouds, and watching the morning light from the summit is an important spiritual activity for the Japanese, who call sunrise ‘Goraikō’, meaning the” honourable arrival of the light”.
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Australia’s mighty Uluru is an incredible sight at any time of day, but at sunset it is simply spectacular. The world’s largest monolith is said to take on such deep hues of red and orange that it appears to glow like the embers of a fire. Contrasted against the flat, grass plains that surround it, this is an amazing sunset to see
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Haleakala translates from ancient Hawaiian as “House of the Sun” and seeing the sun rise up from over 3,000m at the top of this dormant volcano is a sight not to be missed.
Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the depth and colours of the Grand Canyon is enhanced by the changing light at sunrise. This has to be seen to be believed so set the alarm clock to get up early.
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