Destination Sunset USA

Sunset is the time of day that brings the sensation of peace to me. It is a reminder that today had its own share of work, provision, struggle, joy, sorrow, failure or success. Each sunset is a journey and a reminder that beautiful happens when darkness and light collide.

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Where are the best sunsets in America?

Florida ranks highly as one the best US states to see the most stunning and photogenic sunsets, Key West Florida is ranked high on most sunset lists as is The Everglades in Florida, more highly rated states to see a sunset are, Treasure Island California, Mount Haleakalā Hawaii, Apalachicola Florida, Outer Banks North Carolina, Four Seasons Miami, Miami, Florida. These are only listed by opinions and ratings of visitors and a sunset is a personal experience that we all see in our own way, a special moment in time for each of us. 

a usa sunset

I live along the coast of South Walton Beaches in the Northwest Panhandle of Florida. Sunset is a daily celebration along the coast. The coast is a place where it doesn’t matter what kind of day it is, everyone stops to migrate at days end to the beach or to an area Coastal Dune lake and they wait for the magic to happen.

It is like we all become the local paparazzi exposing the big debut of the daily ritual of sundown, while reflecting on the simplicities and complexities of life.

Which 10 US States are the sunniest?

According to stats, the sunniest states in America are Arizona, New Mexico and Navada, followed by Texas, California, Colorado and Oklahoma, Kansas, Utah, and Florida.

usa city sunsets

Sunset has a way of speaking beauty into our lives regardless of where our feet are planted at the moment. The location doesn’t matter, sunset happens every day wherever we are in the world.

A few of the photos in this post are from travels to Nashville, Tennessee along the Cumberland River. Another photo shared is from a very cherished place that is near to my heart, Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama (main image atop this post).

coastal usa sunset

Defining a Sunset

 Sunset or sundown depending on how like to call it is so varied, there are a plethora of different shades of colour to sunsets, all depending on lighting and shades and how dramatic it may look in different circumstances, reflections on water always accentuate the drama and the beauty or even silhouettes in the foreground make such a difference to the viewer.

The time of each sunset varies throughout the year and is determined by the position of the viewer and on the changing movement of the Earth, specified by latitude and longitude, altitude, and time zone. Small daily changes and noticeable semi-annual changes in the timing of sunsets are driven by the axial tilt of Earth, daily rotation of the Earth, the planet’s movement in its annual elliptical orbit around the Sun, and the Earth and Moon’s paired revolutions around each other.

dark sunset

During Winter and Spring, the days get longer, and sunsets occur later every day until the day of the latest sunset, which occurs after the summer solstice.        

The transition and translation of sunset speaks in every language while it connects to every story. I have also found that the best and most vibrant sunsets are usually right after a storm. The inconsistent weather creates a magnificent canvas, while the sunset shows up in consistent timing as it speaks a message connecting all of us.

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Which US State Has the Longest Daylight?

According to the World Meteorological Organization, Yuma (Arizona) is the sunniest place on earth. It has a total of 11 hours of sunlight in the winter and up to 13hours of daylight in the summer months.

When is the longest day in the US state of Florida? The longest day in Florida is on 21st of June, the summer solstice, certainly a very special day to catch the full beauty of a sunset.  Wherever my journey takes me the destination always brings me home to sunset.

sunset over lake

See you at sunset!!

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