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Top 20 Best Sunset Viewing Spots in New England

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 21, 2017 9:57:26 AM / by Mary Lhowe

Mary Lhowe

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Sunset happens daily and most of them are uplifting to the eyes and the spirit. Tonight, or any night, find a place to watch the sunset and just do it. Here are your editor’s choice of the Top 10 Sunset Viewing Places in New England:

Connecticut. Mount Tom from Sunset Meadow Vineyard in Goshen. The Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen is aptly named. Its westward-facing patio and Vista Room are positioned perfectly to enjoy golden sunsets over Mohawk Mountain and Mount Tom.

Connecticut.  Tip of Stonington Village peninsula. Stonington Village, a little east of Mystic, is a small peninsula that juts into Long Island Sound, surrounded by views of boats under sail or at their moorings, distant islands, and jetties.

Rhode Island.  Brenton Point State Park in Newport. This glorious park is on Narragansett Bay along the Newport’s dramatic Ocean Drive. Enjoy views of Jamestown’s Beavertail Point, sailboats, surfers, and waves on rocky shores.

Rhode Island. Napatree Point near Watch Hill.  Napatree Point is a favorite spot for hikers and bird watchers. The Watch Hill Lighthouse is visible at the far end of the cove, to the east. The Napatree Point itself is untouched by roads and lights.

Maine. Sebago Lake Park in Casco. An easy-to-moderate trail winds through the park to the Bay of Naples, and among elevated locations to see the sunset, and it is also very beautiful from a vantage point right on the shore.

Maine. Portland Head Lighthouse at Fort Williams Park in Portland. Fort Williams is still one of the most treasured sites of Cape Elizabeth, with wonderful views of the lighthouse, the Ram Island Ledge Light, and the islands of Casco Bay.

Vermont. Lake Champlain at Burlington. Lake Champlain forms the northern border of Vermont and New York. Two prime spots for viewing the sunset across this the lake at Splash at the Boathouse on College Street Burlington Waterfront Park.

Vermont. Skyline Drive to Mount Equinox near Manchester. At 3,848 feet elevation, the summit of Mount Equinox offers breathtaking sunsets and panoramic views of the several mountain ranges. Take a picnic dinner!

Vermont. Underhill State Park near Underhill. This park lies on the west slope of Mount Mansfield, the state's highest peak. Four trails in the park reach the summit ridge. Views of surrounding mountains as far as Canada are spectacular, as are the sunsets.

Massachusetts. Boat Meadow Beach in Eastham on Cape Cod. The flats of the Cape Cod Bay beaches can stretch a mile out at low tide, exposing a colorful variety of marine life. Sunsets from this north-westward facing beach are subtle and artistic.

Massachusetts. Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway near North Adams. From the summit of the Mohawk Trail (Route 2), travelers can see several mountain ranges in four states, rivers, lakes, villages and cities, in one sweeping panorama. Enjoy the Hairpin Turn!

Massachusetts. Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown on Cape Cod. Because of the extreme curve of Cape Cod, this beach, at the very tip, faces west across Cape Cod Bay. You can catch a breathtaking sunset at Herring Cove Beach every night.

Massachusetts. Blue Hills Skyline Trail on Blue Hills Reservation near North Randolph. This is the largest open space within 35 miles of Boston. Views of the skyline of Boston, with spectacular colors at sunset, are particularly excellent from Skyline Trail.

New Hampshire. Cathedral Ledge Road near Conway. From the North Conway-Bartlett section of West Side Road. Park at the top and walk out onto the ledge to see all of Mt. Washington Valley. This is a rare scenic overlooks that you can drive to!

New Hampshire. Echo Lake State Park to Cathedral Ledge near Conway. A foot trail around the lake provides great views of 700-foot Cathedral Ledge. An auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge, with immense views of the White Mountains.

Mary Lhowe

Written by Mary Lhowe