Nowadays, we’re so engrossed in looking at our cell phones and Snapchatting every minute of our day that we actually forget to look up. Although your neck might not be used to moving in an upwards direction (we feel ya), you might want to book yourself in for a relaxing neck massage before going from 0-100, but looking up at the sky can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in this world. In fact, you could say looking at the sky around you is out of this world! Of course, the daylight sky is beautiful (just don’t look directly into the sun, okay?) but the night sky is something else entirely. From the sunsets to the stars, to the constellations, it’s all totally stellar.
Denali National Park and Preserve – Alaska
The best places to see stars in all of their glory is to venture where humans rarely go – which is why Alaska is such a stellar stargazing destination. The Denali National Park and Preserve is one of the best in the business, as you can bump heads (not literally) with glaciers, snowy areas, and you might even get the chance to check out the Northern Lights.
Big Bend National Park – Texas
If you fancy a trip to the south, a trip to Big Bend National Park would not go amiss. This national park is so far away from the city that there is absolutely no light pollution to obstruct your view of the night sky above you. Amazingly, you can even camp out at Big Bend, so grab your tent, your binoculars, and your stargazing map, and make your way to The Lone Star State ASAP.
National Bridges National Monument – Utah
The national parks dedicated to the night skies are often called the Dark Sky Parks (how creative), and the National Bridges National Monument was the first on the list, thanks to the International Dark Sky Association. With its clear skies, the incredible surroundings, and the great outdoors around you, this is one trip you don’t want to miss. You might even get the chance to see the Milky Way cross right through the natural bridges in the rock. Y’know, if you’re lucky.
Mauna Kea Observatories – Hawaii
Although you can totally see the night sky in the great outdoors, sometimes you need science on your side to help you stargaze to the best of your ability. This is why many people venture to the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii – which just happens to be situated on the top of a volcano! As a public observatory, you can wander your way up to use the telescopes and maps to check out what the universe really has to offer.
Cherry Springs State Park – Pennsylvania
If you live in the States, you’ll probably agree that west is best when it comes to stargazing, so you might as well take a trip to the Cherry Springs State Park, right? After all, this park gives you the chance to check out what the clear skies have to offer, with beautiful cherry trees right next to you. This park even offers dedicated astronomy fields for budding stargazers to camp out overnight.
Forest Domes – Northern Ireland
There are many stargazers who aren’t too fond of camping – so this option is perfect for you. These Forest Domes in Northern Ireland allow lovers of the skies to camp out in luxury in a glass dome that offers breathtaking views of the world around them. Can you imagine it?! Well, you can live it.
Okay, it may seem cheesy – but you really do have the world in your backyard! Unless you live in a high-rise apartment block or in the midst of the bright lights of a big city, you should be able to check out the night sky from your own home. If you can’t quite spot the stars from your deck chair, take yourself to your nearest park or wooded area to see what you can make of the night sky.
If you’re not a fan of staying in and watching Friends for the 165th time, the world outside your four walls offers a wealth of intrigue. In fact, just stepping outside your house will give you a stellar view of the night skies!