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The skies over Death Valley come to life at night.
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5 of the Best Stargazing Destinations in the World

Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley National Park is home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States. In order to be certified as an International Dark Sky Park, the park follows external lighting regulations to make sure any buildings produce as little light pollution as possible. Because of this, the park has received a “Gold Tier” certification, which is the highest level awarded to dark sky parks.

One of the best places to head in the park is the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, as you will be able to see a lot of the sky. Harmony Borax Works is another great location and the historic buildings there make intriguing foregrounds for night sky photography.

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The Northern Lights over snowy outdoor scapeTrysil is said to have some of the clearest night skies in all of Scandinavia.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Trysil, Norway

Located in Southeast Norway, Trysil is known for excellent skiing and is also famed for having some of the clearest night skies in Scandinavia, making it one of the best stargazing vacations. You can stay in a cozy cabin and spend the night gazing up at the stunning show above you.

If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see the heavens light up with shimmering swirls of blue, purple and green as the Aurora Borealis fills the sky. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you’re sure to have goosebumps — and not just from the cold!

These are just a few of the best places to stargaze in the world. Why not plan a trip so that you can escape the city lights and look up at the dazzling dome of stars above you. There’s nothing quite like it and you’ll come back with a renewed passion for the outdoors and sense of awe for the universe.

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