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Where To See The Most Beautiful Sunsets In Texas

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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The sunsets that stretch across the Texas sky are some of the most incredible in the world. The mixtures of orange, pink, red, and yellow compose such picturesque scenes that you have no choice but to stop and admire them. For the best chances of seeing a Texas sunset or snapping the perfect photo, be sure to check out the following locations.

Someone’s Backyard

In Texas, you don’t have to travel far to witness a gorgeous sunset. If you live out in the country, you can see these colorful scenes almost every night. So head out towards the countryside for some more photos like the one below, or capture something possibly even more breathtaking.

Texas Backyard Sunset
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Mount Bonnell (Austin)

One of Austin’s most visited tourist attractions, Mount Bonnell is also a perfect spot to admire a Texas sunset. Its views of Lady Bird Lake and the mansions that sit just along the water’s edge are just the beginning of the beauty that will catch visitors’ eyes. If you get there in time to watch the sun go down, you can witness a magical combination of color and sky.

Mount Bonnell Austin, Texas
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Gulf Coast (Rockport)

You are guaranteed to witness a stunning sunset anywhere along the Texas coast; however, one specific place to consider visiting is Rockport, TX, a sleepy beach town with a lot of rental properties just off the water. Here, you can easily catch the incredible, changing sky, creating a memorable moment.

Rockport, TX, USA

Rockwall

Rockwall is located northeast of downtown Dallas and is another great destination to view a sunset against the water. Take in the scenic view from the land, or partake in one of Rockwall’s many boat tours on Lake Ray Hubbard.

Rockwall, TX, USA

Rockwall Texas © Donna Beeler / Shutterstock

Rockwall Texas © Donna Beeler / Shutterstock

El Paso

For a change of scenery, visit the middle of the desert where you will find some of the most magnificent changes in the sky. El Paso is the perfect town to see a desert sunset. You can either drive through the El Paso outskirts or hike to the top of the Franklin Mountains for the best view.

El Paso, TX, USA

Southern Rocky Mountains in El Paso, Texas at Sunrise © BrianWancho / Shutterstock

Southern Rocky Mountains in El Paso, Texas at Sunrise © BrianWancho / Shutterstock

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park features a varied landscape – desert, a mountain range, rivers, and grassland. It’s not only one of the most diverse and beautiful national parks in the country but also one of the best places in Texas to watch a sunset. Any place will do, but you’re best off hiking up the Chisos Mountain Range – the higher, the better – and admiring the view from above.

Big Bend National Park Sunset

Somewhere in East Texas

Locals find that the best sunsets are frequently witnessed on road trips while passing through what seems like the middle of nowhere. You can head in any direction, and you’re bound to find those pink tones in the sky as you’re moving down an empty highway. Consider going east, like this photographer did, to capture the perfect combination of colors in the sky.

East Texas Sunset
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Lake Travis

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Windy Point Park on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas
Windy Point Park on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas | © Peter Tsai Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Northwest of downtown Austin is the lively Lake Travis. To capture the sunset just right, try moonlight boating or dining at The Oasis, a restaurant with views of the whole lake plus front row seats to see the sunset.
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