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Love to Stargaze? Here’s the Ultimate List of Places You Need to Visit

Written by Mary Zakheim

This blog post was updated on April 30, 2020.

If you love looking up at a clear night sky, you have probably bemoaned the fact that it’s getting harder and harder to find true darkness in today’s crowded world. Luckily for you, we’ve dug up the darkest places in US where stargazers like you need to head to! See meteors and galaxies with the naked eye when you venture to these five beautiful places to take your gazing to the next level.

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association as a Dark Sky Sanctuary, this place is known as the darkest place in the United States — and the second darkest internationally.


Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania

Tucked away in the forests of Pennsylvania‘s Cherry Springs State Park is a surprisingly dark mountainous range — a spot that is also the darkest place in the US east of the Mississippi. The park puts on a host of stargazing events regularly that the public is gladly invited to participate in.


Death Valley National Park, California

One of the darkest places in the US, Death Valley’s stinging heat dies away as the sun descends and the night brings with it frigid temperatures and stunning skies. Admire the star-filled nights from the many campgrounds and vantage points meant especially for gazers.


The Headlands, Michigan

It contains nearly 550 acres of pristine, practically untouched woodland in northern Michigan — about as far north as you can get in the state without swimming in Lake Superior itself. A two-mile drive escorts eager stargazers into the dark sky park for stunning looks.


Glacier National Park, Montana

Hidden away from glaring city lights is the spanning and tranquil Glacier National Park — an outdoors lover’s paradise as dark skies, starry nights, and challenging landscapes are omnipresent once the sun sets.


Have you traveled to stargaze? Tell us all about it in the comments!

About the author

Mary Zakheim

When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch.

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