That's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Cliffs of Moher. Rising nearly 400 feet above the cobalt blue ocean below, the cliffs embody the essence of Ireland. Stretching as far as the eye can see, the crags are an awe-inspiring sight to behold.
The Cliffs of Moher were at the top of my Ireland bucket list, so I devoted an entire day to the region. Anna and I spent the morning exploring castle ruins and centuries-old stone walls on our way to the cliffs. After eating lunch at an Irish pub, we popped into the chocolate store next door and bought a homemade chocolate and peanut butter bar for the road. It was the best chocolate I've ever eaten; I still haven't stopped thinking about it. As our tour bus pulled up to the cliffs, the sun peeked through the clouds. We spent the afternoon exploring the sunbathed cliffs and marveling at the region's natural beauty. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any of the chocolate bars at the onsite gift shops...so I guess that just means I need to go back to Ireland soon. I'm totally on board with that.
How to get there: You can rent a car and drive to the cliffs on your own, or you can sign up for a bus tour. Anna and I did the latter. (I was a bit hesitant about my ability to drive on the opposite side of the road, but if you're feeling brave go for it!) There are several bus tours to choose from, most of which make a day out of going to the cliffs. Our bus driver was friendly and knowledgeable, so we were able to learn a lot about Irish culture on our way.
How long to stay there: Plan to spend anywhere from two hours to half a day at the cliffs. We ended up being there for over two hours, which was plenty of time to soak in the sights without feeling rushed.
What to do there: Enjoy the view. It's one of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen. I spent some time walking around and taking pictures, but I also made it a priority to put my phone away and simply savor the vista. Don't be preoccupied with taking the perfect Instagram photo or adding a million photos to your Snapchat story. Make it a priority to be present in the moment and to witness all the tiny details you might otherwise miss. For a small fee, you can access the onsite lighthouse, which offers a birds-eye view of the cliffs. You can also grab snacks, drinks, and souvenirs from the gift shops (fittingly carved into the bluffs.)