10 great places for stargazing

10 great places for stargazing

“There’s nothing more peaceful and profound than looking out at space, especially at night,” says ABC News meteorologist Rob Marciano.ZACH MARAZITI

When he’s not chasing hurricanes and other natural events like eclipses, Rob Marciano enjoys other natural phenomenon like shooting stars, which occur when a meteor burns up as it enters the earth’s atmosphere. Click forward to check out his favorite places for stargazing.

When he’s not chasing hurricanes and other natural events like eclipses, Rob Marciano enjoys other natural phenomenon like shooting stars, which occur when a meteor burns up as it enters the earth’s atmosphere. Click forward to check out his favorite places for stargazing.ABC NEWS

<strong>Asheville, North Carolina:</strong> The mountains around Asheville offer great opportunities for stargazing on clear evenings.

Asheville, North Carolina: The mountains around Asheville offer great opportunities for stargazing on clear evenings.JARED KAY/EXPLOREASHVILLE.COM

<strong>Aspen, Colorado:</strong> You can often see celebrities in this glitzy ski town but those stars can’t match the ones in the night sky.

Aspen, Colorado: You can often see celebrities in this glitzy ski town but those stars can’t match the ones in the night sky.DANIEL BAYER/ASPEN PROMO COMMUNICATIONS

Aspen’s Little Nell Hotel offers stargazing tours to see the heavens over the Rockies.

Aspen’s Little Nell Hotel offers stargazing tours to see the heavens over the Rockies.ASPEN PROMO COMMUNICATIONS

<strong>Badlands National Park, South Dakota:</strong> The stargazing is wonderful in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and nearby Badlands National Park. 

Badlands National Park, South Dakota: The stargazing is wonderful in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and nearby Badlands National Park. CHAD COPPESS

<strong>Big Sur, California:</strong> After the sunsets, the stars glow over the Big Sur coastline.

Big Sur, California: After the sunsets, the stars glow over the Big Sur coastline.MAX WHITTAKER/VISIT CALIFORNIA

<strong>Crater Lake, Oregon:</strong> The combination of dry weather and high elevation makes Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, Oregon ideal for stargazing.

Crater Lake, Oregon: The combination of dry weather and high elevation makes Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, Oregon ideal for stargazing.JEREMY WHITE/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

<strong>Death Valley, California:</strong> The lowest point in North America, California’s Death Valley National Park, can offer fantastic night-time views.

Death Valley, California: The lowest point in North America, California’s Death Valley National Park, can offer fantastic night-time views.DAN DURISCOE/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

<strong>Florida Keys: </strong>The Florida Keys can offer stargazing above the palm trees. Marciano suggests finding a spot in the Lower Keys, far away from the neon lights of the Miami area. 

Florida Keys: The Florida Keys can offer stargazing above the palm trees. Marciano suggests finding a spot in the Lower Keys, far away from the neon lights of the Miami area. ROB O’NEAL/NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

<strong>Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota </strong><br />
Like Washington, D.C., this monument to the Presidents is a spot that every American should visit. "This is where to go if you want to feel patriotic and see shooting stars," Marciano says. 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota 
Like Washington, D.C., this monument to the Presidents is a spot that every American should visit. “This is where to go if you want to feel patriotic and see shooting stars,” Marciano says. CHAD COPPESS

<strong>Mount Washington, New Hampshire:</strong> The weather can be menacing atop Mt. Washington but on a clear night, the views are worth the trip, stargazers say.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire: The weather can be menacing atop Mt. Washington but on a clear night, the views are worth the trip, stargazers say.RYAN KNAPP/MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY

<strong>Telluride, Colorado: </strong>The craggy mountain peaks surrounding the former mining town of Telluride make a memorable frame for stargazing.

Telluride, Colorado: The craggy mountain peaks surrounding the former mining town of Telluride make a memorable frame for stargazing.RYAN BONNEAU/TELLURIDE TOURISM BOARD

<strong>Quincy, Washington:</strong> The Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy is a remote venue providing sweeping views of the Columbia River and the evening stars.

Quincy, Washington: The Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy is a remote venue providing sweeping views of the Columbia River and the evening stars.MATTHEW LAMB

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