11
Best US Locations For Stargazing

1
Flagstaff, Arizona

Who is the greatest foe of stargazing? Light pollution caused by surrounding power-hungry settlements. As a result, Flagstaff is a bit of an outlier.

2
Joshua Tree National Park, California

The bright side of the scorching summer temps in Joshua Tree National Park? The nights are balmy and star-studded.

3
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

Chaco was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2013 and established its own Night Sky Program in 1991.

4
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

 Alaska is a stargazer's dream, and the conditions for viewing planets, comets, and other celestial bodies are ideal over Denali's vast landscape.

5
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

In Utah, there are over a dozen IDA-certified places, including Bryce Canyon National Park, which joined the ranks in 2019.

6
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho

Since 1924, the strange lunar landscapes of Craters of the Moon, which were produced by volcanic lava over 15,000 years, have been preserved.

7
Alabama Hills, California

The Alabama Hills' odd, rocky terrain have served as an otherworldly backdrop for a number of popular TV shows and films.

8
Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Death Valley was the third National Park in the United States to be certified as an International Dark Sky Park.

9
Copper Breaks State Park, Texas

providing the best viewing possibilities for everything from Jupiter's moons to the International Space Station

10
Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Expert talks and nocturnal telescopes are usually available, but check for updates before making a trip.

11
Ochoco National Forest, Oregon

Despite Oregon's reputation for rainy winters and drab, foggy skies, the 2019 Oregon Star Party attracted 522 budding astrologers.

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