Want a true Phoenix experience? Make sure to catch one of our spectacular sunsets, which paint the desert sky on a nightly basis. We know the best places to watch a sunset in Phoenix and are happy to let you in on our favorite spots:
As the highest accessible point within South Mountain Park and Preserve, Dobbins Lookout offers a 2,330-foot vantage point for nightly sunsets, the downtown skyline as well as panoramic views of the Greater Phoenix area. Hike to Dobbins Lookout on the 2.5-mile Holbert Trail, or take the easy route by car. Please note: parking is limited.
10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix (park entrance)
A short hike up inside the Hole-in-the-Rock formation gives way to the perfect perch for watching the sun set over downtown Phoenix and the desert oasis below. The trail to this unique red rock formation consists of steps that rise 200 feet in just a short 1/10 of a mile. The park gates close promptly at 7 p.m., so plan your hike accordingly.
625 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Arrive early to explore the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden via five thematic trails that illustrate such topics as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. But be sure to stay long enough to watching the sun set against a backdrop of desert flora and red rock buttes.
1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix
Surrounded by 25 acres of Tempe Beach Park, Tempe Town Lake offers a variety of ways to enjoy the serenity — or recreation — of the water right in the heart of the city. Sunsets, however, are best experienced aboard a rental boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
The newest rooftop experience in downtown Phoenix can be found high atop Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix Convention Center. Located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, this open-air space invites you to soak in the stunning surroundings — especially at sunset —while enjoying inventive cocktails and light bites.
222 E. Portland St. Phoenix
A great place to catch a sunset before a night out downtown is Lustre Rooftop Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. Located in the heart of the city, this spot offers a hip and comfortable atmosphere, made even cooler by its poolside lounge seating.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Stunning views may as well be on the menu at elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. This fine-dining experience offer views in close proximity to Phoenix’s most-iconic landmark: Camelback Mountain.
5700 E. McDonald Drive Paradise Valley
Perched on a mountaintop 1,800 feet above the city, Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort pairs American cuisine with Mediterranean influences with stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape. Time your dinner just right and you'll catch an iconic Phoenix sunset followed by the city's twinkling lights at night. Reservations recommended via 602-866-6350.
11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix