The “International Dark Sky Park” has named Big Bend National Park in Texas as another venue to get a great view of the stars. According to the International Dark Sky Association, “It’s the darkest in the lower 48 states and the largest in the world among the 10 areas that have earned the title since 2006.” This designation by the IDSA, relies on a “vigorous process” to pinpoint locations with exceptional night skies and take pains to preserve the conditions that make them exceptional.
Among the group’s other picks for stand-out stargazing:
– Natural Bridges National Park at Lake Powell in Utah
– Cherry Springs State Park in Coudersport, Pa.
– Clayton Lake State Park near Clayton, N.M.
– Galloway Forest Park in Scotland
Five parks with second-tier silver status are:
– Goldendale Observatory Park near Goldendale, Wash.
– The Headlands in Emmet County, Mich
– Observatory Park in Montville Township, Ohio
– Zselic National Landscape Protection Area in Hungary
– Hortobagyi National Park in Hungary
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