The United States is filled with spectacular views. From the Grand Canyon to the Appalachians, each vacation and every day is met with another great photo op. But have you ever traveled somewhere to see the view at night? These are some of the best U.S. destinations to catch a midnight matinee.
- Death Valley National Park, California
This famous park is filled with open spaces and very little artificial light, making for some of the most vivid night skies in the state.
- The Headlands, Michigan
Escape to Mackinac Island and experience the milky way in full color. Look across the water on Lake Michigan for the sky’s spectacular reflection.
- Denali National Park, Alaska
It should be no surprise that the wild mountain ranges of Alaska are home to the greatest nightscapes. The grandeur of the peaks pales in comparison with the glory of the galaxies above.
- Arches National Park, Utah
Arches is a remote park with dark night skies, but the best part of viewing the stars here is what’s found just a few hundred feet above you. Sit near an arch and mix earth with space in a one-of-a-kind photo.
- San Juan Islands, Washington
In the summer months, there is no better spot than the secluded San Juan Islands. Tucked against the Canadian border and miles from the mainland, there is little light pollution to block your view. Lie down on the small beaches or paddle a boat from the shore to get an even wider nighttime view.
- Acadia National Park, Maine
Crisp temperatures and remote hikes provide opportunities to see distant planets and galaxies. Switch off your flashlight during a late-night hike to see the greatest views of all.
- Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Should it be any surprise that an island, found hundreds of miles from continental shores, would have the best nighttime views? Hike to the top of the Hawaii’s tallest peak to see even more.
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