8 Best Stargazing Places Around The World

​From Atacama Desert in Chile to NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia, here’s where you need to head for a magical stargazing experience.

​1. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

​Some of the most preferred spots for stargazing surrounding the beautiful red rock cliffs and natural amphitheatres are Natural Bridge, Farview Point, Sunset Point or Sunrise Point, and Mossy Cave Trail where you can see up to 7,500 stars.

​2. The Atacama Desert, Chile

​Marvel at the wonders hidden in the night sky at the world’s driest non-polar desert that makes it an ideal astro-tourism hub offering incredible views of the Tarantula Nebula - the largest and brightest star-forming region.

​3. NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

​Admire the beauty of night skies at one of the naturally darkest places on Earth certified as a Gold Tier International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark Sky Association. The 500,000-acre land offers a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical experience that’s hard to miss.

​4. La Palma and Tenerife, Canary Islands

​Some of the most preferred sites to stargaze on these islands are Garajonay Summit and San Bartolo Mountain in La Palma, El Palmar viewpoint and Guajara Mountain in Tenerife. Located at 2,396 metre above sea level, it has Europe’s largest astronomical observatories and solar telescopes.

​5. Mauna Kea, Hawaii

​Located 2,500 miles southwest of California, this dormant volcano on the Hawaii island is known to offer mesmerising constellations of Ursa Major and Orion amongst other Northern Hemisphere's celestial spectacles.

​6. Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

​Listed amongst the list of world’s top sites for stargazing by National Geographic, it lends the most dramatic stargazing experiences in Sagarmatha National Park, near Namche Bazaar, with stars twinkling over Mount Everest.

​7. Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Japan

​Located in Okinawa Prefecture around the Yaeyama Islands, it’s the first place in Japan and second in Asia to be designated an International Dark Sky Place. Being located close to the Tropic of Cancer, you can see 84 of 88 constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union.

​8. Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, New Zealand

​The Glentanner Park, popular as the gateway to New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook offers the most spectacular constellations from Lake Pukaki. It’s one of the best places in the Southern Hemisphere to spend the night counting the stars.

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