About 80% of North Americans live under light-polluted skies and don't get the opportunity to fully appreciate the billions of stars in the sky. The milky way is right above our heads and so many of us miss out due to the city lights drowning out its beauty. If you are looking for some amazing dark places to fully appreciate what the universe has to offer and all of these are recommended by National Geographic so you know they are worth checking out.
High Volcanoes of Hawaii: On top of the Haleakalā crater on Maui, you can enjoy panoramic views of the sky including breathtaking sunsets and billions of stars. On the Big Island, you can enjoy the stars from Mauna Kea Visitor Center which offers stargazing programs at the perfect altitude of 9,200 ft. So not only do you get an incredible view, you get to see it from a volcano.
Southwest United States: The Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah became the world's first designated dark-sky park in 2007. More than a million people spend the night looking up at the vast universe in the grand canyon. At Glacier Point located in Yosemite, amateur astronomers set up their telescopes in the summer and park rangers offer astronomy walks through the park. Death Valley is one of the world's largest dark-sky places with accommodation that has sky-friendly lights.
Australian Outback: The western part of the Australian Outback to be specific, there are several national parks located in the outback where you will get the perfect view of the stars such as, Nambung National Park which is north of Perth and also offers incredible Pinnacles rock formations.
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal: In English, it is known as "Forehead in the Sky" and here you can get some amazing views in the Himalayan villages and the stars appear over Mount Everest to give you a view you will never forget.
There aren't enough people in the world who appreciate what the universe has to offer because they are always on the go and never look above them. In retrospect, we are a small speck of paint on a massive canvas and need to remember that and appreciate everything that surrounds us.
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