Located near the Mexican border in southwest Texas, Big Bend's massive surface area and little to no light pollution makes it one of the best spots to stargaze in the country. Make yourself comfortable among the cacti—Big Bend is the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States—as you behold the stars, or find a spot in the Chisos mountain range to get an even better vantage point.
For most of us, stargazing is a rare occurence. We know what we need—low light pollution and dark, clear skies—but those are hard to come by in cities. Which is why, when we have the chance to road trip out of the city and into one of the best national parks in the U.S., we always take the time to look up. But not every national park is equal when it comes to the best places to stargaze in the U.S. While stargazing in Maui or Joshua Tree are popular destinations, you'll find the clearest skies in less-traveled forests in places like Nevada, Texas and Washington. In fact, a new guide released by star map company Under Lucky Stars ranked the national parks with the best stargazing spots in the States taking into account light pollution, number of visitors and accessibility. So find your binoculars and pack the car—it's time to see some stars.
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