The Best Vacation Spots for Stargazing

These stargazing locales vary from beach to desert, but all share a sky full of unforgettable views. Find out what spots made it on our list!

By: Peggy Sijswerda

Lowell Observatory
Flagstaff, Arizona

Founded in 1894, Lowell Observatory still houses its first permanent telescope, the Clark, used to discover the expanding universe. Each year, 80,000 visitors come to learn how the solar system formed. The lesson features a multimedia show, combining stargazing and the music of Mannheim Steamroller. Flagstaff became the IDA's first international Dark Sky City after enforcing ordinances to reduce artificial-light glare with great effects. The lesson is $11 for adults and $4 for kids.

Grab a Bite: Bigfoot BBQ is a funky dive with neon lights and gas-station decor. Try the award-winning barbecue or a Smokin' Bulldawg: smoked andouille sausage topped with brisket, Bigfoot sauce, onions and cheese ($9).

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