Universe Lover! Then what can be more fascinating for you than stargazing! It is one of the most priceless experiences you can have. There’s nothing like the cosmos to remind you that how lucky you are to be born on this planet and how beautiful your life is. It is the perfect way to appreciate the vastness and beauty of the universe and one of the most humble and enlightening experiences you can have.
Dark skies, clear nights and a starry night sky, far away from the artificial lights of the city can be that perfect honeymoon plan for you and your beloved.
Below are listed some striking attractions which can make way to your bucket list-
Mauna Key, Hawaii
Located on the Big Island, the summit of dormant volcano Mauna Kea is 4,207-meter high. It is virtually free of light pollution due to its location and is a site of the world’s largest and most advanced astronomical observatory. It is the only place in the US where you can get a view of the entire Southern Cross constellation making it the most unique spot for stargazing in the United States and the best on the planet. Visit the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station as they offer free start gazing programs.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
This desert archaeological park is home to some of the greatest concentrations of Pueblo architecture in the country. It is the perfect spot to gaze at brilliant constellations, planets, and galaxies amidst pure dark sky. This natural dark spot has been awarded an International Dark Sky Park Gold Certification. During the months of April to October, The Chaco Night Sky Initiative offers some amazing astronomy programs, stargazing, and solar viewing by telescope. You can reach the park by a 243-km drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Death Valley National Park, California
Being one of the darkest and most remote parks in the country, the place is best for those hoping to see meteor showers or lunar eclipses. The sky is generally clear of clouds and has a vast horizon that seems to start at your feet which gives you a mesmerizing view of the night sky. With an amazing combination of the dry climate and clean air, this place has been awarded as Gold-Certified International Dark Sky Park. Visit the place from November to April when the place has a moderate temperature and park rangers host guided Moon and Star programs.
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
Located to the east of Mississippi, this place has been awarded as Gold-certified International Dark Sky Park because of its exceptional nighttime beauty and is one of the darkest spots in the country. You can get an amazing 360- view of the night sky from the 82-acre park surrounded by Susquehannock State Forest. You can pay a free visit to the Night Sky Viewing Area which is located north of Route 44 but a fee is necessary to get access to the Astronomy Observation Field. Privately organized stargazing tours are also offered by the place.
The Headlands, Michigan
This place not only offers one of the amazing night sky views but also the Northern Lights are popularly known as the Aurora Borealis in the months between September and April. Located on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac, at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, it is one of the sensational darkest spots you will find in the eastern US.
The dark Sky Discovery trail built-in 2012 takes you to the official viewing area directly from the entrance and that too free of cost. You are also allowed to stay in the park all night.