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Capturing Dawn: 100+ Best Sunrise Captions for Instagram

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I’m more of a night person than a morning person – unless it means skipping the snooze button so I can head somewhere nice to watch the sunrise and capture the beauty with my camera. 

If you’re also a sucker for capturing dawn, I’ve got tons of Instagram caption ideas for you.

In this post, I have over 100 sunrise captions for Instagram, including sunrise quotes, literary quotes about the sunrise, romantic quotes about the sunrise, and sunrise song lyrics.

Sunrise captions for Instagram

Pair these sunrise captions with your best photos of the sun rising.

Rise & Shine.

Good morning!

Breaking dawn.

Sun more time.

S is for Sunrise.

Beat the sunrise.

Greeting the sun.

Up before the sun.

Today is a new day.

Like father, like sun.

At the break of dawn.

Good morning, Beautiful.

Just another sunrise picture.

I love waking up with the sun.

Softly as in a morning sunrise.

Ain’t no sunrise when she’s gone.

Smile! A brand new day awaits you.

There she is, the sun in all her glory.

Today is brought to you by this sunrise.

Dreaming of this [insert location here] sunrise.

I’m only a morning person for sunrises like this.

What can you say about such a beautiful sunrise?

Today is brought to you by sunrises and [fill-in-the-blank]. Ex. Today is brought to you by sunrises and mimosas.

Photo looking down a dock at the sun rising over a marina. Text above reads "Today is brought to you by this sunrise."

Morning sky.

Sunrise vibes.

Welcome, Sun.

Got that sunrise glow.

Obligatory sunrise pic.

Proof perfection exists.

Good morning, Sunshine.

The biggest star in the sky.

Goodbye, Moon. Hello, Sun.

Look how bright she shines.

Man, I feel bad for vampires. 

Can you believe this show is FREE?

This is your sign to wake up with the sun.

Oh, you know, just another boring sunrise.

Tell me, what is the best sunset of your life?

Look at the sun blessing the sky. – Meg Frost

Life is short. Don’t sleep through another beautiful sunrise.

If today is anything like this sunrise, it’s gonna be a good day.

Start your day off right: with [fill-in-the-blank] and the sunrise.

Sunrises & [fill-in-the-blank] are my favorite part of the morning.

I’ve never regretted waking up early to watch the sun rise up into the sky. – Meg Frost

It’s a new day, brother. – Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier

Oh, look! Another glorious morning. Makes me sick! – Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus

Song lyrics about the sunrise

Photo of a woman standing on top of a mountain with binoculars in her hands. Text above reads "It's a new dawn. It's a new day. It's a new life for me. And I'm feelin' good."

These song lyrics about the sunrise are perfect for Instagram captions.

I woke up like this. – Flawless, Beyoncé

It’s another tequila sunrise. – Tequila Sunrise, Eagles

It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away. – Beautiful Day, U2

Sunrise. Sunburn. Sunset. Repeat. – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset, Luke Bryan

Here comes the sun and I say, it’s alright. – Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

It’s a new dawn, a new day, and I’m feelin’ good. – Feeling Good, Nina Simone

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Closing Time, Semisonic

On this perfect day, nothing’s standing in my way, on this perfect day, nothing can go wrong. – Perfect Day, Hoku

I look at you and the world’s alright with me. Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna be a lovely day, a lovely day. – Lovely Day, Bill Withers

Sunrise quotes

Photo of a yellow sunrise to blue skies and blue water. Text overlay reads "With this sunrise somehow I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Have faith, the light seemed to announce."

Borrow these sunrise quotes when you don’t have the words in you to craft the perfect sunrise caption.

My sun sets to rise again. – Robert Browning

Morning will come, it has no choice. – Marty Rubin

The newness of this day is divine. – Lailah Gifty Akita

The darkness is at its deepest just before the sunrise. – Voltaire

Every day a million miracles begin at sunrise. – Eric Jerome Dickey

The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere. – John Muir

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi

Today is a blank page in your story. What will you write in it? – Sonya Parker

Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt

It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset. – Victor Hugo

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. – William Arthur Ward

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. – Bernard Williams

The secret to a good morning is to watch the sunrise with an open heart. – Anthony T. Hincks

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them. – Jo Walton

There is always a way and always hope in the next sunrise, and in the next second, and in the next minute. – Ziggy Marley

In the twilight of the morning, all life silently waits for the sunrise. The sun must rise for the darkness to sink! – Mehmet Murat Ildan

With this sunrise somehow I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Have faith, the light seemed to announce. – Ethan Hawke

I love sunrises and sunsets. But what I really love is the space that I have in-between them to do something incredible. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again. – Muhammed Ali

What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder. – Oprah Winfrey

Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel big or tiny? Because there’s something good about feeling both. – Amy Grant

Literary quotes about the sunrise

Photo of a colorful sunrise at the beach. Text above reads "As the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness..."

If books are more your thing, borrow one a literary quote for your sunrise captions.

The morning was full of sunlight and hope. – The Awakening, Kate Chopin

O Sunshine! The most precious gold to be found on earth. – Roman Payne

The nearer the dawn the darker the night. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. – Henry David Thoreau

The morning steals upon the night, / Melting the darkness. – William Shakespeare

Just like the days, no two sunrises are ever the same. – Out on My Own, Jonathan P. Lamas

For a girl with such a dark mind, you’re a little too in love with the sunrise. – Sherry Namdeo

At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear. – A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean

The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The next morning dawned bright and sweet, like ribbon candy. – Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen

Just Sunrise — Lest Day — Day’s Great Progenitor — – Renunciation — is a piercing Virtue — , Emily Dickinson

Dawn seemed to follow midnight with indecent haste. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Fortunately, the sun has a wonderfully glorious habit of rising every morning. My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George

The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch or not. It will keep on being beautiful even if no one bothers to look at it. – The Last Chapter, Gene Amole

What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night? Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon like an egg, spilling out light? – The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

O sky above me, you modest, glowing sky! O you, my happiness before sunrise! Day is coming: so let us part! – Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. – Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler

There were hints of sunrise on the rim of the sky, yet it was still dark, and the traces of morning color were like goldfish swimming in ink. – The Muses Are Heard, Truman Capote

Romantic quotes about the sunrise

Photo of a sunrise with long yellow rays. Text above reads "The smile broke across his face the way the sunrise set the clouds on fire."

For a little something sweet or for couples photos, these romantic quotes about the sunrise are perfect.

Another beautiful sunrise with this one. 

Greeting the day with my love and the Sun.

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn. – Emily Dickinson

Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset. – Rumi

Sunrise, sunrise. Looks like morning in your eyes. – Sunrise, Norah Jones

He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise. – William Blake

Romance makes a radiant sunrise out of every moment. – Thomas Kinkade

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The smile broke across his face the way the sunrise set the clouds on fire. – New Moon, Stephanie Meyer

Instagram prompts for sunrise captions

If you prefer a longer caption, here are a few writing prompts about sunrises to help get you started.

# best sunrises I’ve ever witnessed.

# photography tips for capturing the sunrise.

Are you team sunrise or sunset? I’ll go first in the comments.

 # best places in [insert location] to watch the sunrise.

# reasons why I prefer watching sunrises over sunsets.

Why I love waking before sunrise. [Inspire your followers by explaining why you’re an early riser.]

When was the last time you woke up early to watch the sunrise? [Tell a story about the last sunrise you witnessed.

What are your favorite sunrise captions for Instagram?

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About the author

Photo of travel blogger Meg Frost, of Frost + Sun, in Havana, Cuba.
Photo by Meg Frost, all rights reserved.

Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.

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This post was originally published on June 19, 2021. It was last updated on January 12, 2022.

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