For all you stargazers out there, our zest for exploration spans far beyond the far corners of the world - the night sky never ceases to amaze us as well. While we tout the amazing cities to travel to, sometimes we want to venture far away from the "light pollution." Here are 5 of our favorite places to get away from the city lights and just look up.
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles
Despite overlooking a city known for light pollution, The Griffith Park observatory hosts free public star parties where you can gaze at the stars overhead while enjoying the picturesque California weather.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Watch this time-lapse video of a stargazing tour at the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand.
Death Valley National Park, California
Unlike The Griffith Observatory which is perched on a hilltop, you can enjoy expansive views of the night sky in Death Valley. You can see both satellites and planets with the naked eye.
Lucerne offers some breathtaking views of the night sky from Lake Lucerne.
Home to one of the most famous astronomers of all time, it was in Tuscany where Galileo turned his eyes (and telescope) towards the sky and discovered the astronomical phenomena that we know today.