Guess which Florida park makes the top 5 on list for top places to stargaze in the U.S.!

The best part about getting away from a city is the lack of light pollution which allows us to see amazing views of the night sky. The nonprofit International Dark Sky Association (IDA) recognizes places around the world where the night sky is preserved. These national parks are IDA certified and one may be closer to home than you think!

  • #1. Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah

    With almost no light pollution, the Natural Bridges National Monument is the top spot to plan a stargazing trip. Camp out on your own or take advantage of one of the park’s ranger-led stargazing programs to get the full experience.


  • #2. Big Bend National Park in Texas

    Located on the boarder of western Texas, Big Bend National Park is the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert in the United States. Because the park is so remote, it’s a perfect location to getaway from large crowds and the with the darkest skies in the U.S., you’ll be sure to see some spectacular views!

  • #3. Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico


    If you’re looking for a more informative trip or want to immerse in Native American culture, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park supports the Chaco’s Night Sky Initiative, which combines the astronomy practices of the Chacoan people with modern approaches.

  • #4. Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania

    Located in the Susquehannock State Forest. Cherry Springs park is open year-round and usually has between 60 and 85 nights when stargazing conditions are ideal. Consider staying a night at Astronomy Field, which offers unobstructed 360º views.

  • #5. Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida

    Right in the heart of South Florida, Big Cypress National Preserve is the home of the Florida panther, black bear, and a wide variety of wildlife. Staying in the heart of the reserve will surround yourself with black skies and increases your chances of getting a glimpse of the Milky Way.