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Top 10 Sunrises Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/20/2012 7:00 am

Residents of the Northern Hemisphere are downright giddy this time of year, waiting on the edge of their frostbitten seats for spring to finally arrive. Luckily there's not much longer to wait: Tuesday, March 20 is the Spring Equinox this year, when the sun rises exactly in the east and remains in the sky for 12 hours, setting directly in the west. Though the science of it is profoundly interesting, most of us are more concerned about the increase in sunlight -- and warmth -- on the not-so-distant horizon.

Speaking of horizons: In honor of the official start of spring, we've picked 10 top places around the world to see a magnificent sunrise.

-- Lauren Sullivan

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Photo: An early wake-up... for Haleakala National Park

Boarding a bus in the wee hours of morning is a pain, particularly on vacation when the greatest indulgence is sleeping in. But the alarm-clock acknowledgement is worth it if the payoff is watching a sunrise from above the clouds, on the top of a volcano. Various van tours offer the trip through Haleakala National Park in Maui, picking visitors up at 3 a.m. and dropping them off to see the event from the summit. Should you want to (and we highly recommend it), you can bike the 28 miles down the mountain, back to sea level. Search and compare cheap flights to Hawaii.
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