Stargazing Sites That Will Leave You Stunned

We are all familiar with jewels underground, but have you ever seen a sky full of diamonds? Adventure into a whole new world at a secluded, tranquil site where you can experience the night sky like never before. The following U.S. locations are highly rated and guaranteed to make you gasp. 

Pine Key, Florida is one of the least populated areas in the state, proudly titling itself as a safe haven from harmful light pollution. The most intriguing aspect of this location is that it is actually the only place where travelers can gaze at the Southern Cross constellation, as well as other patterns of stars that can only be spotted at the equator. 

At 12,000 feet into the air, the Big Dipper is almost close enough to reach out and grab. Enjoy a moonlit hike to the top of the mountains and experience a picturesque moment like never before. At the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, you are distant enough from the metropolitan areas to encounter an untroubled, serene night sky. 

Observe the heavens morph from a rose-pink sunset into a dusk obsidian, right before your eyes at Cherry Springs. This Pennsylvania state park is completely secluded, qualifying as a perfect camping ground. Black cherry trees grow tall throughout the area, giving the park its nickname. The dazzling milky way pours into the sky like cream in your black coffee. Arrive on the autumnal solstice and leave in awe. 

Venture your way to Texas and find Big Bend National Park: a safe-haven for stars. Low humidity provides the ability to get lost in the glowing sight of Andromeda, a galaxy 2 million light years away! Explore the park on the night of a new moon in order to spot more than you can imagine.

Have you ever relaxed with your feet in the water, stargazing by the reflection of the ocean waves? In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, you may find yourself doing exactly that. The outer cape is the darkest region of the area; or travel south, toward the elbow of the cape. Here, you will be immersed in the illumination of millions of dancing suns. For a less-crowded and clearer view, visit off season in the late fall, winter, or early spring.