The World’s Best Stargazing Spots
Looking for an incredible travel destination? Maybe you should look up to get inspired and take a trip to some of the world’s best places for stargazing. There’ s nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing the universe unfold before your eyes. Unfortunately, it’s not something most of us have the opportunity to see every day. In cities, we’re lucky if we can see 500 stars at night. A park or other remote location – especially one that’s made dark skies a priority – can show up to 15,000 stars. Take a look at some of the very best below.
1. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Star-gazers don’t even need a telescope to see the Milky Way from this incredible site, seen above. The park is called Natural Bridges because of the strange and beautiful rock formations that were created by a centuries old river. They make for wonderful sights for daytime travelers, and frame the night time star show. This particular park has even made protecting its dark sky a priority so it can be enjoyed for centuries to come.
2. Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Located on top of a 13,000+foot volcano, Mauna Kea’s night skies are virtually cloud free. That means that stargazers are almost guaranteed to enjoy incredible views. This makes it a hot spot for both professional astronomers and amateur enthusiasts alike.
3. Wiruna, New South Wales, Australia
This remote location is such a great place to watch the stars that each year, it hosts a “South Pacific Star Party” where hundreds of campers gather to watch the skies. This 100 acre plot is nearly as beautiful in the daytime, situated in the center of the eucalyptus woodlands.
4. Hotel Elqui Domos, Chile
This is no ordinary hotel. This astronomic hotel has been specifically designed for stargazing tourists. These domelike hotel rooms – which are much more luxurious than they look from the outside – all have a detachable roof above the bed, and massive patio for evening relaxation and stargazing. It’s perfect for the star enthusiast who doesn’t like to “rough it”. They even have night time horse rides! For rates, reservations, and more gorgeous photos of the astronomic hotel, visit airbnb.com.