5 of the Best Spots in the World for Stargazing

5 of the Best Spots in the World for Stargazing

Light pollution often gets in the way of enjoying the breathtaking beauty of a starry night. If you live in an urban area, finding the best spot to watch the night sky and gaze at the stars can be a challenge. But if you are willing to make the trip, here are some of the best spots in the world for an unforgettable stargazing experience.

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (Mackenzie Region, New Zealand)
NZ night sky
Why go: Almost zero light pollution and surrounded by mountains, this dark sky reserve is a stargazing spot that is the closest thing to perfection.

Atacama Desert (Chile)
Atacama Desert night sky
Why go: This vast space stretches to about 600 miles and offers excellent visibility for stargazers. Boasting of idyllic conditions for nighttime sky-watching, the Atacama Desert is one of the places on the planet that should be on every avid stargazer’s must-see list.

Hovenweep National Monument (Utah, USA)
Hovenweep National Monument
Why go: Hovenweep National Monument is home to six prehistoric villages, several ancient structures, and stunning nature scenery. It also has ideal stargazing conditions, great spots to set up camp, and watch the open skies transform into a magical vista teeming with stars.

Kiruna (Sweden)
Kiruna
Why go: The remote town of Kiruna serves as home to the Esrange Space Center. With no light-polluted skies marring stargazers’ view, Kiruna offers near-perfect visibility for stargazing and watching the stunning northern lights that the area is also known for.

Sagarmāthā National Park (Khumjung, Nepal)
Sagarmāthā National Park
Why go: A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Sagarmāthā National Park is a protected area deep in the Himalayas with the majestic Mount Everest serving as a breathtaking backdrop. With its dramatic, remote, and unspoilt landscape, this vast nature reserve is an idyllic spot for stargazing.

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