August 27, 2013

Death Valley National Park, California

Photograph by Woods Wheatcroft, Aurora

For stargazers, California's Death Valley National Park is hard to beat. The park—home to the lowest point on land—recently became the world's largest dark-sky park, thanks to a gold tier ranking from the International Dark-Sky Association. "The park is distant enough from the large cities of the Southwest so that much of the night sky above the desert floor is near pristine, and, in many places, offers views close to what could be seen before the rise of cities," the association said.

Find out about other dark-sky reserves in this month's National Geographic Traveler cover story, "The Traveler 50: People, Places, and Ideas Changing the Way We Travel" >>

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