10 Must-Do Sunset Experiences

What's better than an Instagram-worthy sunset? Doing something over-the-top cool while watching an Instagram-worthy sunset. From hikes and tours to foodie workshops, these activities are a great way to celebrate an incredible view.

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Sunset Rafting

If whitewater rafting isn't your speed, try a peaceful float down Oregon's famed Rogue River with rafting company Orange Torpedo. The sunset tour includes a beach picnic and incredible views of the sun setting over Hellgate Canyon.

Sunset Cycle

The National Mall and monuments are something to behold anytime of day, but at sunset they're bathed in a golden light that makes them even more moving. Fat Tire Tour's D.C. Sunset E-bike Tour allows guests to see way more in a couple of hours than by walking. With electric bikes, the pedal assist works for you. You don't break a sweat and can cruise at a leisurely pace. This slow ride is perfect for reflecting on important monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial and Lincoln Memorial.

Sunset Wine Tasting

What makes a gorgeous sunset over the San Francisco Bay better? Wine. Hop aboard the “Wine Therapy” for a two-hour sail with San Francisco Bay Boat Cruise. The journey includes a flight of vino, snacks and views of iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

Sunset Hike

For the best views of Los Angeles, you have to go pretty high. Check out the guided Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour with eco group Hikes and Bikes LA. This sunset tour starts in the famed Griffith Park and winds around the Hills to popular sights such as the Griffith Observatory and the iconic Hollywood sign. The hiking time changes seasonally so that guests “reach the top of Mount Hollywood just as the city lights are twinkling to life.”

Sunset Off the Grid

Arches National Park is one of the most photogenic parks in the country and for the best photos, you have to see the sandstone structures during the golden hour. The Sunset Discovery tour with Moab Adventure Center features four hours of monoliths, mountains, dunes and rocks all set against vibrant pinks, purples and reds in the sky. The tour also includes short hikes to bucket list spots such as Delicate Arch Overlook, Turret Arch and the North and South Window Arches.

Sunset Guacamole Workshop

For an authentic taste of Mexico, head to the Marriott Puerto Vallarta for a tequila tasting, dinner with courses inspired by every state in the country and a sunset guacamole workshop. This foodie session teaches you the perfect recipe plus you’ll learn all about the molcajete, a traditional mortar and pestle made from volcanic rock. Wash it all down with margaritas and pink and peach sunset over the bay.

Sunset Paddle

Washington’s San Juan Islands have some of the best whale watching spots on the planet. If orcas are on your bucket list, check out the Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour with Crystal Seas Kayaking. The trip features the west side of San Juan Island with kayaking through a federally-designated whale habitat. In addition to the beautiful sunset on the water, you might also see seals and Dall’s porpoise.

Sunset Yoga

Enjoy an incredible sunset and connect to the Hawaiian spiritual force of mana with Sunset Yoga Hawaii’s beach classes. You can join a group class or book a private yoga class right on Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach. On vacation? Don’t worry about a yoga mat. All you need is a towel "to feel the soft earth beneath."

Sunset Wildlife Trek

If you're planning on visiting Grand Teton National Park in the summer, book the sunset wildlife tour with Eco Tour Adventures. The four-hour journey features a 4x4 safari-style ride and provides professional binoculars and spotting scopes for wildlife viewing. You might see moose, pronghorn antelope, trumpeter swans, bald eagles or even adorable babies such as this elk calf.

Sunset Photography

Miami Beach is a photographer’s playground, from historic Art Deco buildings to the gorgeous teal waters. Explore the famous Ocean Drive while improving your own photography skills with a professional photographer and tour guide. Viator’s Miami Sunset and Night Photography Workshop features a one-hour session on composition, camera settings and chasing the light.

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