By: Allison Reuther

It’s something to do on a first date, with friends, or just by yourself– stargazing. It can be romantic, scientific, or even educational, but the one thing that it always is, is interesting. The stars tell the stories of the world, they align in the shapes of daring heroes or strange beasts, some people even use them for interpreting astrological signs. But above all, their brilliant light against the dark night sky is their most wondrous quality and we have just the stargazing spots to take in their beauty!

1. Death Valley National Park

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The park made famous by its mysterious moving rocks has done it again– it tops the chart of our stargazing spots! When the sun sets on California’s Death Valley National Park and you can no longer see the rocks or the desert, the stars come out and light up the night sky rendering one of the clearest views in the United States.

2. Natural Bridges National Monument

The Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah was the world’s first International Dark Sky Park and offers one of the darkest skies in the United States. The bridge shown above was carved out naturally by water and are a popular tourist attraction during the day, many of those that journey there to see the natural wonders stick around for the stargazing at night.

3. Cherry Springs State Park

Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania is a haven for astronomers, both amateur and professional. It is known as one of the best locations for stargazing on the eastern seaboard. People flock to the 48-acre park every evening to study the magnificent view.

4. Clayton Lake State Park

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During the day it’s your typical park with clear blue lakes prime for fishing and miles of twisting hiking trails, but at night the Clayton Lake State Park in New Mexico becomes a hot spot for star gazers.

5. Observatory Park

Ohio’s Observatory Park is known for being one of the last regions that has not been affected by light pollution. This park is open to the public, but the people in charge have been trying to convert it into more of an educational experience as well as a fun time.

 

Photo Credits:

Death Valley National Park: http://deathvalleychamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/BadwaterOrion_3894.jpg

Clayton Lake: http://www.newmexico.org/parks-and-byways/