The beautiful thing about staring off into the skies is that you can do so from any continent. However, the best sites to stargaze share a few qualities in common: they feature low light pollution, they’re at a higher altitude, and they are framed by fascinating landforms that illuminate under a brilliant night sky.
We are lucky to live on a planet where so many places fit these criteria, so we recently asked our social community to weigh in with their favorite places to stargaze. Each of these sites will offer their own unique perspective of the night sky, from staggering views of the Milky Way in North America, to striking sights of the Southern Cross constellation in Australia amid a dreamy landscape. It’s impossible for us to pick a favorite, perhaps you’ll just have to visit them all and decide for yourself.
Arches National Park, Utah
As a photographer, I’ve seen the sky glitter around the world including Tasmania, Australia, where I live. But, Arches National Park was hands down the best place for stargazing as you see the stars with unique and natural rock formations (arches) perfectly framing stars. That adds a whole new layer of visual interest in the spectacle of stargazing. – Nipun Nayyar
They do an incredible dinner under the stars with an astronomer who gives you information about the night skies after dinner. Plus, it is where my husband proposed to me. So, it holds a special place in my heart. – Bente Humphrey
Cresta de Gallo Island, Philippines
No electricity, no cellphone signal…There I felt like the Earth was covered in a pitch black blanket and someone p