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The Best Places to Stargaze: Dark-Sky Reserves and Sanctuaries

Maybe you’ve been chasing national parks since the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. But have you ever made it to (or even heard of) Dark-Sky Reserves and Sanctuaries? These little-known protected parcels of land are some of the best places to stargaze in the world.

The International Dark-Sky Association protects “land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment” from development that causes light pollution. Dark-Sky Reserves and Sanctuaries are like the national parks of the sky. Here’s where to find them.

Best Places to Stargaze

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