I’ve said this time and time again, but I’ll say it once more: I love astronomy. Everything about space utterly intrigues me and I want to know everything about it. Unfortunately, I will never go to space myself, but that won’t stop me from staring up at the skies and admiring our universe’s sheer beauty. The billions of stars in space are all just sitting there, begging to be viewed, and I think it’s one of the simplest and most fun things you can possibly do. If you’re stressed from a long day of work, stargaze. If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends or family, stargaze! It’s a fantastic opportunity to become familiar with the unknown. I’ve decided to list a few of the best places to stargaze around the country in the hopes that you will all go out and marvel at the beauty that is our solar system.

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

The first destination on the list is centered in the ever-popular Outer Banks of North Carolina. Right now is the best time to visit this stargazer’s paradise, so make sure to take advantage of these next couple of months. Additionally, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse can offer a place to view the night sky. And once you’re finished ogling the the stars, take a moment to visit the beach and enjoy the last few warm days of the summer.

Buffalo Outdoor Center, Arkansas

Arkansas isn’t particularly known for being the most attractive to tourists; however it still offers a great deal of natural beauty and wonderment to visitors. The Buffalo Outdoor Center offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking and ziplining. When you’re finished being one with nature, why not try to be one with outer space? The area is a natural destination for families and couples, and stargazing is a fantastic romantic and family-fun activity.

Pickett Memorial State Park, Tennessee

This is the first, and only, destination on the list that is fully certified by the International Dark-Sky Association. While the park boasts a plethora of activities and events, like boating and rock climbing, its main draw is certainly dark sky viewing. The park even has dedicated star-viewing parties and events. At Pickett Memorial State Park, you’ll not only experience the beauty of the cosmos, you’ll be with like-minded individuals and make new and long-lasting connections.