American writer Richard Paul Evans once wrote that “Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder, not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” A setting sun is stunning no matter where in the world you are, but the sunsets in these locations are truly next level.

Missoula, Montana: Sunset Over Rugged Landscape

Montana is known as “big sky country,” so it’s unsurprising that this American state offers some of the country’s most beautiful sunsets. But the sunsets in Missoula have the edge over those you’ll witness in other Montana cities. The sky illuminates with pink and orange hues as far as you can see, as they do in any other Montana locale. But, it’s the way the colors bounce off the Clarke Fork River, which cuts across the city, that adds the extra dimension. Hike Mount Sentinel for an enviable 360-degree view.

Santorini, Greece: A Stunning Mediterranean Sunset

Bold white architecture sitting atop clifftops overlooking the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea have made Santorini one of the most photographed cities in the world. But as dusk falls, the blue and white hues it’s famous for giving way to more vivid warm reds, oranges, and yellows. Watching the colors dance upon the crystal clear water as you sip one of the area’s famous vin santo wines is the perfect way to catch your breath before immersing yourself in the city’s buzzing nightlife.

Cairo, Egypt: Feel Pampered While Watching Exotic Sunset

You know a city is confident its sunsets are some of the best when its tourist industry caters to sky gazers. That’s exactly what happens in Cairo, where sections are cut out of the edges of Mokattam Cliff and filled with tables and chairs for the comfort of sunset lovers.

Enjoy a coffee or try the local sugar cane juices provided by the attentive wait staff and listen to the traditional Arabic music playing as you watch the colorful sun light up the sky and the Egyptian city below. The cliff is high enough above the smog that plagues Cairo for clear views of Mother Nature’s light show.

Uluru, Central Australia: Watch The Aussie Rock Change Color

Watching the sun go down near Uluru in Central Australia is an unforgettable experience. With the closest city, Alice Springs, five hours away the clear sky puts on a real show with vibrant lights. But, it’s what the setting sun does to the iconic rock that makes sunset at Uluru something special.

The massive sandstone rock glows with everchanging rich blue and purple hues as the sun goes down. This rock is sacred to the indigenous Anangu population, and admiring the rock’s transient colors it’s not hard to see why. Witnessing sunset in this isolated part of the world has been likened to a spiritual experience. As Uluru is so isolated, tourists typically stay in Alice Springs, at hotels like Aurora Alice Springs and The Diplomat Motel, and take a guided tour to the rock.

Remember to take your camera when you witness these incredible sunsets because, as you well know, they’re all too fleeting!