Best Spots to See Stars on Public Lands
Here are the top pitch-black spots to peep an abundance of stars.
GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, NEVADA
Great Basin offers ranger-led full-moon hikes, and hosts an astronomy festival each September, with solar telescopes available and workshops on night- sky photography.
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, FLORIDA
Rangers lead free, year-round constellation tours and telescope viewings at Big Cypress, one of the darkest places on the eastern seaboard.
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS
Even campfires are restricted at Big Bend, keeping light pollution to an absolute minimum. As a result, thousands of stars are visible with just the naked eye.
NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT, UTAH
The monument’s iconic arching rock formations are a perfect window through which to check out some 15,000 visible stars.
NEWPORT STATE PARK, WISCONSIN
This 2,300-acre tract, on the shores of Lake Michigan, was awarded dark-sky status in 2017, a rarity among state parks. Come in August to catch the Perseidmeteor shower.
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