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The United States is a country full of breathtaking stargazing hotspots. Some are designated Dark Skyspaces, and some are just really low in light pollution and might deserve the official designation. National parks tend to be a great go-to for spotting the Milkyway, planets and the moon. We have selected Airbnb’s in some of these stunning areas, that are perfect for enjoying the universe beyond.
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Great Sand Dunes in Colorado is another one of those majestic spots to take in the night sky. Located near the park, the adobe structure reaps the same visual benefits as the park itself, when it comes to nighttime sightseeing. With plenty of southwest style and charm, guests will feel immersed in the area.
Big Bend National Park in Texas sits further away from more developed areas, so the light pollution is pleasantly low. The expansive vistas create multiple open spaces to enjoy the stars. Sitting in a wide-open space, the landscape from a distance is stunning. And the Casa is also somewhat on its own, making it even more optimal at night when trying to spot your favorite constellations.
Big Bend is such a wonderful place to view the dark sky that we had to list two Airbnbs. This Airbnb is one of the coolest in Texas, an adobe-style dome house with a cob base construction. This old-style is sufficient for defying some of the harsh elements of Southwest Texas, so guests can stay year-round. An off the grid experience puts guests even more in tune with the raw nature around them.
Great Basin National Park is one of the lesser-known National Parks in the United States. There are some benefits to this, like incredibly dark skies with striking constellations. Located in Nevada, there are several Airbnbs that would be proximal, but this trailer offers incredible access to the entrance. And mountains, along with other park terrains are visible from the exterior of the basic yet super comfortable lodging.
Set on a handful of wooded acres in Montana, a family of four can come to experience the multi-level treehouse. One of the best treehouse Airbnbs in the U.S., it will bring out the child in everyone, but the trendy yet rustic interior will be both luxurious and serene. Glacier National Park is just 30 minutes away, and there you will also find incomparable vibrant stars.
Lone Pine, California is perfectly wedged in a valley in between Sequoia and Death Valley National Park. This alone means it’s pretty awesome for those seeking vibrant stars. There are also sites where a multitude of movies was filmed. The home is modern, nestled along iconic rock and desert landscape. And there is an absolutely awesome deck for spending evenings on.
Welcome to the eco-pods in the Mojave Desert. These clean-cut structures are designed for secluded vacations near Death Valley National Park. Wooden walkways connect sleeping structures to bathrooms. And there is plenty of recreational space to enjoy an escape away from it all. Just like in Death Valley, stars here are ultra-bright. Hosts offer eco-tours and other thrilling adventures.
Cherry Springs State Park is another exception on the east coast. Located within Pennsylvania, the park is optimal for astronomy enthusiasts. This cabin sits right on the river and is an example of some of the adorably warm, ambient dwellings within Pennsylvania. Marvel over the traditional construction, and that absolutely gorgeous fireplace in the living room!
Hawaii has its fair share of unbelievable night sky viewpoints. Volcanoes National Park has a wealth of vantage points for observing various constellations. This sleek cabin blends perfectly into the lush foliage of the island and offers a modern escape. Sit by the fire pit, or enjoy the night sky from the wooden hot tub!
All of Yellowstone National Park is pretty jaw-dropping when it comes to astronomy. Travelers can even take tours with experts to some of the very best viewpoints. You can see much more than stars, and will likely be able to spot Saturn, details on the moon, and nebula. We love this traditional log cabin that is within a mile of the park entrance. Tradition exudes from the structure, and it’s incredibly cozy.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is somewhat of an east coast rarity. Loads designated dark sky spaces are within the western states, but this portion of Maine is one of the exceptions. This snug cabin is on its own private island, near this particular area, so you know that the stargazing is going to be on point.