From roaring reds to subtle lilacs, the sunsets in Alabama have it all. This list has snap-worthy spots from all over the state for that shot of the sky you so crave. Whether you’re into mountains, lakes, rivers, city skylines or all of the above, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for below!
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Sunsets in Alabama
Before embarking on your trip, make sure to check local forecasts for potential rain and cloud cover. It is also beneficial to look up expected sunset times for the location during the particular season you’re planning to visit.
Riverfront Park (Montgomery)
Riverfront Park, located on the banks of the Alabama River, unsurprisingly has some of the most stunning waterfront sunsets in Alabama. In addition to the glorious views, this entertainment destination has a splash pad, offers riverboat rides, hosts events and concerts in its amphitheater, as well as baseball games in the Riverwalk Stadium.
One of the best ways to experience the sunset here is on the Harriott II Riverboat, which you will find docked next to the amphitheater. Taking a cruise up the Alabama River gives you multiple gorgeous vantage points to get that perfect shot, after all.
Wrap up your evening at Riverfront Park with a visit to the stylish Central. Located less than a mile away and rated the #1 restaurant in Montgomery, it’s the perfect place for a scrumptious dinner. Try the short ribs – if this is your thing, you will not regret it!
Later, stay at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, located just a short way off. Wouldn’t you say it’s only fitting to end your glorious sunset laden evening on an equally beautiful note?
Bayfront Park Pier (Daphne)
Bayfront Park features boardwalk trails through wooded areas, a beach, two piers, and some of the most soul stirring, colorful sunsets in Alabama. The main pier at the park is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful moment of reflection surrounded by nature.
The area is teeming with wildlife so keep an eye out for some of Alabama’s diverse species. While there, it’s almost certain that you will spot a few birds and alligators so have your binoculars and camera handy.
Drop by Southwood Kitchen on your way out of Daphne for a quick bite to eat. Their seared scallops in particular are worth a mention. Stay at The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa Autograph Collection for a pleasant end to your evening.
Riverwalk Park at Coosa Landing (Gadsden)
For one of those sunsets with rustic charm, visit Riverwalk Park at Coosa Landing in Gadsden. Located right in the heart of the city along Coosa River, the park features boardwalk trails. It also has several docks and piers to fish or tie up boats.
Find a picnic pavilion with your favorite view of the beautiful old Broad Street Bridge and wait for dusk. You’ll be met with a dazzling show of sky colors peeping through the details of the bridge and reflecting in the water!
The park is a great place to spend an evening with loved ones because of its scenery. It’s also great because of its access to some pretty amazing eateries right on Broad Street. Check out the casual Jefferson’s Gadsden for some classic American eats, Blackstone Pub & Eatery for pizza or drop by Rock-N-Roll Sushi Gadsden for sushi!
Park at Manderson Landing (Tuscaloosa)
The sun disappearing behind Tuscaloosa’s treeline above the beautiful Black Warrior River is truly a sight to behold. Pull into the Park at Manderson Landing and wait for the yellows and oranges to peek out and engulf you.
Let the kids play on the playground while you find peace amidst the serenity of the surroundings. Afterwards, grab some grub at Evangeline’s before heading to Embassy Suites Downtown to call it a night.
Monte Sano State Park (Huntsville)
Monte Sano State Park, located atop Monte Sano Mountain, offers the best 360° views of Huntsville and also some of the best sunsets in Alabama. Speckled with jaw-dropping overlooks all over the mountain which are accessible through the 34 hiking trails, this is one location you can’t miss if you’re after that perfect shot.
A couple of easy trails to start with are the South Plateau Loop and North Plateau Loop. The first and easiest vantage point, however, doesn’t even require you to hike to reach it! Upon entering the park from its main entrance on Nolen Avenue, take the first right to reach the large parking area. There you will find a picnic area, playground, and a stunning panoramic view of the south side of Hampton Cove.
Imagine being surrounded by spectacular sunset colors all around you in every direction, as far as the eye can see. Yes, it truly is the view of which dreams are made! Stay overnight at one of the state park’s accommodation options and pick up brunch at 1892 East in the morning. It’s the best way to end your magical stay in the mountains.
Skyline at Railroad Park (Birmingham)
A list of sunsets in Alabama wouldn’t be complete without one of a stunning skyline, and there’s none better than Birmingham for that! This award-winning urban park overlooks a great pond that reflects the city’s skyline and the sky with its glorious sunsets.
Enjoy the view, use Railroad Park’s amenities like its exercise options, vending machines, snack bar, and restrooms before heading out for a bite to eat. Visit Pies & Pints to taste their specialty pizzas before leaving for Elyton Hotel Autograph Collection to spend a night filled with pampering.
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail (Dadeville)
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail is a moderate level hiking trail in Dadeville that is known for its scenic views of Lake Martin. What does this mean for sunsets? Only that they are absolutely majestic, of course. Grab your hiking boots and follow the trail along the shorelines of Lake Martin. You will come across multiple vistas where the lake is center focus.
For those not keen on the hike, even just making it to the trailhead is enough for the perfect sunset scene you’re after. Just plop down on a bench and watch the sun go down over the famous lake. Later, replenish your energy sources with a fun meal at Fusion Grill. Their chicken nachos come highly recommended!
Cheaha State Park (Delta)
Mount Cheaha is the highest point in Alabama at 2,407 feet. So, it’s no wonder that it’s a favorite for spectacular views of both the sunset and the sunrise. Located in Cheaha State Park in east central Alabama, head to Bald Rock which is the popular point of choice for vast beauty when the sun goes down. It’s an easy walk out on a boardwalk making it great for all ages and abilities.
While you’re there, consider hiking the many other trails. Stop in at Vista Cliffside Restaurant (March-November) for a bite to eat and continue to take in the gorgeous mountain views!
If you think I would forget the “Sunset Capital of Alabama” on a list of locations for sunsets in Alabama, you are mistaken! Sometimes fiery red, other times a myriad of pastel colors, the sunsets at Dauphin Island are always panoramic and striking beyond imagination.
Every beach on the island will be able to fulfill your sky-watching dreams, but West End Public Beach is supposed to be the best. After clicking some gorgeous pictures of the seascape there, head on over to Dority’s Bar & Grill. It’s just the best addition to a delightfully exhausting beach day!
Sunsets in Alabama are pretty mind-blowing, wouldn’t you say? I hope some of these places have made it onto your Alabama bucket list. Go end your day with a gorgeous, serene Alabama sunset!
Have you been lucky enough to catch a sunset at any of these locations? Do you have any photos you would like to share? Or maybe some additions to this list? I would love to hear all about it!
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