26 Favorite Sunrise Spots

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 | Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Comments: 3 Comments

Virginia is an amazing place for sunrises and sunsets. There’s not a bad place to see either daily occurrence, but some folks have favorite places to witness them.

Sunrise at Sandbridge Beach

Sunrise at Sandbridge Beach

We sought specific locations via Twitter and other channels, plus took a look at photos tagged #LOVEVA (the @VisitVirginia Instagram hashtag) to see who was sharing sunrise photos with us and where they were taking them. It was no surprise to find ocean sunrise shots shared more often than others. We’ve curated a Storify collection for your viewing pleasure, plus gathered those specific spots onto a map at the very end. Go! Seek and shoot the sunrise.



The Beach

– “Cape Henry Lighthouse.” – Cathy S.

– “At the beach!! The best sunrise ever!!” – Shelley H.

– “Virginia Beach Boardwalk.” – Gary J.

– “Chincoteague has some beautiful sunrises.” – Marie H.

– “On the beach at False Cape.” – Danielle E.

– “Anywhere on the beach for a sunrise!” – Mary B.

– Sandbridge Beach

The River

– “Westmoreland State Park – beach by the cliffs.” – Dave N.

– “Piankatank River in Middlesex County.” – April N.

– Yorktown Beach

– “When we lived in Northern Va, sunrise over the Occoquan river in Mason Neck State Park.” – Cathy S.

– Alexandria Waterfront

The Mountains

– “Roanoke Mountain.” – David A.

– “Blue Ridge Parkway.” – Cathy S. (MP 2 and MP 64 face east)

– “I like Douthat state park. Sand and sun with family fun.” – Judy G.

– Looking toward Peaks of Otter. The view from one of the Peaks would be equally stunning.

McAfee Knob

The Chesapeake Bay

– “Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk.” – Dana H.

– “Buckroe Beach.” – Cathy S.

– “Chicks Beach.” – Caroline L. (Chesapeake Beach)

– Pleasure House Point

Historic Sites

– “I never get up early enough. If I did, I think along the Colonial Parkway would be pretty good – at one of the overlooks facing the east.” – Dave N.

– Manassas National Battlefield Park

High Bridge Trail State Park

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Steve says:

Leesylvania State Park. Beautiful sunrise over the Potomac river. ($5 parking fee)

Bree says:

Newport News also has incredible sunsets. One of our favorite spots is at the Lions Bridge on the James River!

Donna says:

All these are so beautiful but the one of Stonewall Jackson at sunrise was especially touching. Thanks for sharing.