7 Best Places to See the Sunrise

There are some people in the world who trek from place to place, looking for the best location to see the sun rise. Whether your choice is a slow, relaxing sunrise over the lagoon in Venice, or climbing to the top of an active volcano to watch the sunrise in Hawai’i, here are a list of places to choose from that have been selected as the best spots to see the sun rise in the world.

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Cape Mulinu’u, Samoa

Cape Mulinu’u, Samoa, is the very first spot where you can see the sun rise on Earth. Cape Mulinu’u is only a few miles from the start of the International Date Line, and any land located beyond the tip of the point is technically in the past day. Located on the island of Savaii, local legend holds that the rocky promontory at the end of the cape is the place where the dead pass into the underworld. Whether it’s true or false, Cape Mulinu’u attracts many tourists who come from thousands of miles away to see the spectacular sunrises.

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, located in the Cyclades island group in Greece, is already a spectacularly colorful vacation destination. The houses are all painted stark white, which contrast with the deep blues of the sea and the colorful rooftops. However, all this color pales in comparison to the sunrises that visitors can see from this island. The raised hills of the island afford it amazing views over the ocean, which makes it easier to see the spectacle of the sun rising slowly from the water. For the best sunrise spots away from tourists, try the village of Oia, or ancient Thira.

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Haleakala National Park, Maui

Located on the island of Maui in Hawai’i, Haleakala National Park is one of the most beautiful and adventurous places to watch the sunrise in the world. At a height of 10,000 meters above sea level, it takes 2 hours to drive up the Haleakala volcano, and it is typically below freezing at the summit. Haleakala means “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, and definitely lives up to its name. Those who make it to the top are treated to a view of the sun turning the landscape of the mountain a golden red, before rising through the clouds.