Vincent Van Gogh once said: “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream”. There is something so special about gazing up into the night sky and seeing all the pinpricks of light another world away. You feel small but extraordinary at the same time, and honestly, it’s one of my personal favourite pastimes. Stargazing in the USA, therefore, is just something else. With its wide-open spaces away from cities in stunning national parks, Stargazing USA has to be up there as one of the worlds best experiences, and these 7 spots are where to do it...
Reminder: these pics are enhanced and were taken by professional photographers who know heaps about exposure and stuff. The stars don't look ~exactly~ the same in these spots just using your own two eyes.
Nestled in California’s famous Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and described as “one of those rare places that you have to see to still not totally believe”. It’s an ideal spot for star watching with lake and forest vistas.
Also in the Yosemite National Park, Glacier Point gives you more of an eagle eyed view as you can get up high onto the mountains and see places like Half Dome and Nevada Falls. A great spot for uninterrupted views of the stars.
More desert than forest, Joshua Tree is in Southern California’s Mojave Desert pretty close to where bucket list festival Coachella is held. The unique scrub and rock formations make it a truly stunning place to see the stars at night.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park in Alaska is special because not only can you stargaze on the edge of the continent, but you can also spot the Northern Lights here at certain times of the year! It’s a pretty damn special spot in our opinion.
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Back to the desert and Bryce Canyon is just as epic by night as it is by day. The Canyon’s strange rock formations and many points to sit and watch from make it a prime viewing spot.
You don’t have to go totally off the grid to see the stars, Silverthorne in Colorado is a town nestled among the mountains that also happens to have great hikes and plenty of opportunities to gaze into the abyss that is the universe at night.
A dormant volcano in Hawaii sounds pretty cool right? Well it is, AND it’s the highest point in Hawaii meaning you will literally get as close as you possibly can to the stars (without flying to space). The best part? They have a big observatory up there and stargazing tours for beginners. What are you waiting for?!