You'll need to rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle to climb up to the Big Island's 13,796-foot summit, but it's worth the trouble to see the mountain's pyramid-shaped shadow stretch hundreds of miles, across sea and clouds.
After the show:
The summit closes after sunset, check out the Visitor Information Station at 9,300 feet for its stargazing program (808-961-2180; ifa.hawaii.edu/mko/). — Photo by Stuart Westmorland/Science Faction/Corbis
En español | You've got a free ticket to the longest-running show on earth: the spectacle of a fiery sunset or blazing sunrise.
It’s a show that offers endless variety, whether you watch that sun emerge from behind a mountain range or sink into the sea. You might choose to share it with a cheering crowd or stand in a solitary spot all by your lonesome.
Whatever your pleasure, from Atlantic to Pacific, these solar showplaces offer an unforgettable front-row seat.
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