The Magic of an Alabama Sunset
“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” – Mattie Stepanek
There is no better way to wind down after a busy day than to watch the setting sun as it
sinks into the horizon. A gentle reminder from nature that another day has come to an end
and any unfinished business will wait until tomorrow. Sunsets have long been the
romantic subject of photographs and paintings throughout history. Whether it be a
cityscape, a landscape, or a waterscape, the sun always goes down in a glorious fashion
and no two are ever the same. Beautiful sunsets can be seen from anywhere with a clear
western view but there are a few places that boast of having the best views.
For breathtaking cityscape views, the scenic overlook on Governors Drive in Huntsville
is a great spot. Also, the Overlook Trail in Birmingham’s Ruffler Mountain Nature
Preserve has a panoramic viewpoint. It is a short half-mile hike up the trail so be sure to
bring a headlamp or a flashlight.
If you want to see the sun set across a vast expanse of country for miles and miles, climb
to the top of a mountain. The highest point in Alabama is Mt. Cheaha, and at an elevation
of 2,413 ft., a stunning sunset view is a sure bet.
The reflection of a sunset on the water is always a spectacular sight. The Chattahoochee
River, Lake Eufala, Lake Guntersville and Ditto Landing Marina in Huntsville are all
terrific places to view a waterfront sunset. In addition, an evening stroll across the Old
Railroad Bridge in Florence makes for a view worthy of a postcard, as the sun silently
sets into the waters of the Tennessee River.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Dauphin Island, the Sunset Capital of Alabama.
Yes, there really is such a thing and I have no doubt that the view would be well worth