Best Places to Stargaze in Our National Parks
Thanks to light pollution and smog, 90 percent of the world’s population can no longer see the Milky Way, making our national parks celestial preserves. Next time you go camping, pack a pair of binoculars and enjoy the greatest show on earth.
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To the Bridge, Spock
Temple of Stars
While perhaps not an obvious choice, Zion National Park in Utah rewards the patient star seeker with some stellar views of the Milky Way. With its towering sandstone cliffs and peculiar rock formations, there’s always something to see in Zion if you look up, even on a moonlit night. Just stay to the paths.
The Western Sky
A Star is Born
Sea of Darkness
If you really want to get away from the city lights, head for the improbably named Dry Tortugas National Park, which is actually a string of seven small islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Go native and camp on the beach for some all-night sky watching. The only non-celestial light you’ll see is the intermittent flashing from the lighthouse on Loggerhead Key.