Today’s Solutions: November 28, 2021

For many city people, a clear night sky is a mythical beast. We’ve heard the legends inspired by the constellations, and we know sailors used the stars to guide their way home, but urban light pollution means we can’t quite see the heavens ourselves.

Enter the International Dark-Sky Association. The U.S. nonprofit, founded in 1988, recognizes parks, reserves, and places across the world that offer the best views of the galaxy we call home. Most are open to campers or offer visitor lodging—meaning you can spend the whole night looking up at the sky’s universal beauty.

The National Bridges National Monument represents one of the finest places to go stargazing. At the Utah monument, visitors can drive and hike through stream-carved canyons—home to coyotes, mountain lions, and desert flora—and take in views of centuries-old Native-American ruins before camping overnight.

If you’re on the east coast, you might want to consider Cherry Springs State Park. Named after its black cherry trees, this Pennsylvania park is best known for its two annual star parties, which draw local families—and astronomers from around the world. Plan ahead to attend during the Perseids meteor shower every August.

Want to discover more star-gazing spots? Look no further.

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