Mackinaw City, Michigan
While Michigan’s southern stretches are known for lively cities like Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo, the opposite is true of the northern Lower Peninsula (aka “the mitten”). The region is home to multiple dark sky areas, but the Headlands is the only given International Dark Sky Park status. The park comprises some 550 acres of woods and miles of undeveloped shoreline, lending to its inky appeal. Toss a recently opened, $9 million observatory and event center into the mix, and you get one of the best stargazing destinations in the country. Needless to say, visitors are in for an out-of-this-world treat, whether viewing the cosmos through the facility’s 18-foot dome or seated around a crackling beach bonfire.
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