There are few things for which we are willing to brace the early morning chill and rub sleep from our tired eyes. Catching the sunrise tops that list.
From rolling mountains to rugged bluffs, the glow of the rising sun makes the best views even more wondrous. Here are our top 10 favorite places to watch the sunrise.
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Head across the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands for unbeatable views of the City by the Bay. Trek up the hill to the old bunker and settle in for the sunrise. Bring extra layers, just in case Karl the Fog makes an early morning appearance.
Wind up the Berkeley Hills to Vollmer Peak in Tilden Regional Park. Rising nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, Vollmer Peak stuns with views of San Pablo Bay, Mount Diablo, and the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley below.
Head southwest to Shenandoah National Park and cruise along Skyline Drive, a winding highway that cuts straight through the park. Enter at Fort Royal and take in the sunrise from one of the 75 overlooks.
Stretching along 9 miles of coastline, Ecole State Park promises unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. Enter through Ecole Point and hike along the Indian Beach Trail until you reach Tillamook Head, rising 1,000 feet over the water.
Take in the sunrise from Cape Lookout State Park along the Oregon coastline. Hike 2.6 miles to the very tip of the Cape for unbeatable views of the 300-foot high rock walls and the waves crashing against them.