Few people realize that on a clear night in the perfect spot, you can see stars up that are up to 2.5 million light years away without the use of binoculars or a telescope. Stargazing is one of the most relaxing and humbling outdoor activities you can do. Looking up at the vast night sky, we’re often reminded of how small our world really is. When you decide to explore these three best places to stargaze in the US, you won’t even need to help of an astronomy expert or expensive telescopes to enjoy the sight!
Learn more about some of the best places to stargaze in the US with our guide, plus gain valuable knowledge about how to identify perfect conditions and locations. If you consider yourself an outdoor adventurer, be sure to browse our other Select Registry properties boasting unique outdoor experiences.
If you follow these basic guidelines, you’ll have a much better chance of witnessing beautiful night sky phenomenon. Based off these necessary conditions, pick a night to stare up at the stars while visiting one of the best places to stargaze in the US. Follow our tips below for even better success.
One of the most important stars you should attempt to locate first is the North Star or Polaris. Generally, the North Star is the brightest in the sky, and, unlike like other stars, it does not rise or set—it will remain in the same spot above the northern horizon all year round.
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with these tips and recommendations, read on to learn about some of the best locations to stargaze in the US!
Stargazing from the Conservatory room at the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is one of the most relaxing and unique ways to take in the night sky. As you fall asleep each night, you can enjoy an unparalleled view of the stars above.
The Conservatory room features a glass ceiling offering stargazers 180-degree views. Try setting an early morning alarm to catch a gorgeous view of the night sky before sunrise each morning. The best part about stargazing here is that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your room to get one of the best views!
During your stay at the Sayre Mansion, plan to spend a day at the French Creek State Park. An oasis filled with wildlife and stargazing opportunities, the park is just over an hour away from the inn. Located in Schuylkill Highlands, the state park has 7,730 acres of forests, fields, wetlands, and lakes to explore. Known as the largest block of continuous forests between Washington DC and New York City, French Creek State Park is so dark at night that it earned a spot on OnlyInYourState.com’s list of 8 Best Places to Stargaze in Pennsylvania.
The Channel House in Depoe Bay, Oregon is located right along the water offering outstanding views of the area. Book a room with an outdoor tub on the deck and take in the night sky while enjoying a relaxing bath. Located away from major cities, the Channel House area is free of light pollution, and the Oregon coast's climate is usually ideal for stargazing conditions.
Sit back, relax, and gaze up at the starry night star over a peaceful lake in Texas! The Lake House is a 1,800 square foot guest house at the Inn on Lake Granbury in Granbury, Texas. It has two king bedrooms, two private bedrooms with large showers, a full kitchen, its own living room, dining room, and several fireplaces.
If you're planning to stargaze with another couple, the Lake House is the perfect size to accommodate everyone. In addition to this inside area with floor to ceiling windows, the guest house also has an outdoor patio for stargazing!
If you’re looking for even more unique properties to stay at during your next vacation, be sure to browse our other Select Registry properties located throughout the country! After you’ve checked out some of the best places to stargaze in the US, try visiting one of our other properties offering proximity to natural wonders or visit the coast at one of our beach destinations.
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