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The most popular #sunset and #sunrise locations in all 50 states

The sun is always rising on Instagram.


Amrita Khalid


Posted on Jan 29, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 7:24 am CDT

Human beings have been captivated with sunrises and sunsets since the dawn of civilization. If you want to see what it’s like to wake up or end the day pretty much anywhere around the world, all you have to do is search  either the #Sunrise and #Sunset hashtags on Instagram

But for the most part, each state’s most popular sunrise locations are overwhelmingly near beaches, state or national parks, and other popular tourist sites—such as the Haleakala National Park in Hawaii. 

And while Los Angeles is the top location for sunrises in California, the state’s most popular location for sunsets is in San Francisco. It’s no surprise, considering that the city contains a certain bridge perfect for framing against sunsets. 

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To see Modernize’s complete data for sunsets and sunrises around the world, check out its interactive maps.

Photos via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Jan 29, 2016, 10:30 am CST