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Most Beautiful Places to Sleep Under the Stars

Most Beautiful Places to Sleep Under the Stars

  1. Sleeping under the stars- we’ve been doing it for millenia! And then at some point, we packed up, and discovered roofs. Don’t get me wrong, I love roofs, some of my best friends are roofs, but there’s a magic to seeing the sky above you at night. Below are the 12 best places to sleep under the stars. If you’ve been to any of these places, well, bully for you! Leave a comment and back me up on how great it is. If you haven’t, get going. These should all be on your bucket list!
    Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah- This beautiful national park has one of the darkest skies in the country- making star gazing easy. The Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival in June. Asteroid 49272 was named in honor of the festival! Every week, hundreds of visitors camp here- and quite frequently, camping events are held, with programs on nocturnal activities, astronomy, and night sky protection.
  2. Galloway Forest Park, Scotland- The first park in the United Kingdom to receive Dark Sky Park status, this is one of the most peaceful places to sleep under the stars. The epitome of Scottish natural beauty, and the home of many legends, Galloway is a must-see.
  3. Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa- Looking for something a little more luxurious? Well, we’d get along. The environmentally friendly Sanctuary Makanye overlooks the Marico river, and offers glass walled suites, open-fronted lounges, and private sundecks. During the day, enjoy the sanctuary’s spa, infinity pool, and tours (maybe you’ll get lucky and see some African bush animals!), and at night look at the same sky as lions, elephants, leopards, and rhino- this is one of the last places on earth to see a rhino in the wild.
  4. Star Bed at Jamtara Wilderness camp, India- It’s been said that India is one of the best places to sleep under the stars. Or, at least it used to be. The air pollution means that there are very few places to see the stars- and Jamtara Wilderness in the state of Madhya Pradesh is one of them. On an outdoor raised platform, you get to sleep on a four poster bed (with a mosquito net, of course), and enjoy the night sky from a Star Bed.
  5. Assateague and Chincoteague Island National Seashore, Maryland/Virginia, USA- I wanted to put a couple of beaches on this list, and it was hard to narrow it down! I knew I had to put Assateague on, because this island on the border of Maryland and Virginia is possibly the most beautiful place on the eastern seaboard. This is also one of the only places in the US to see feral horses- for goodness’ sake, don’t try to pet them, feed them, and do not try to pet them. They’re called feral horses for a reason. Apart from the beautiful beaches and feral horses, this island is also famous for how clear the night sky is.
  6. Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks, California- One of the darkest places in the United States, you’re almost guaranteed to see the Milky Way every night. And you almost won’t care if you can’t- you’ll be surrounded by redwoods, lakes, and mountains. While Redwoods national park is more famous, this is almost more beautiful- it’s the best kept secret of Northern California.
  7. Bay of Loreto, Mexico- A RAMSAR and UNESCO heritage site, this is a mix of beaches, wetlands, islands and mangroves, this is an amazing place to camp. Rarely crowded, completely free of charge, and far away from any polluted cities, the Bay of Loreto is an amazing and beautiful nature preserve.
  8. Denali National Park, Alaska- Turning 100 this year, Denali National Park is one of the few places in the US from which you can see the Northern Lights. It’s also one of the most stereotypically scenic places in the world. Really! It’s got the largest mountain in the US, although I wouldn’t recommend sleeping on the peak of Mount McKinley. The whole lack of oxygen thing might make it a tad difficult.
  9. View With a Room, Bangkok, Thailand- It’s in the name. All your childhood dreams come true- you sleep in a treehouse! You have a literal canopy, and you can see stars peeking out from above the leaves. It’s tranquil, secluded, and has free homemade ice cream 24/7! Honestly, I’d go just for the ice cream.
  10. Northumberland National Park, England- The Northernmost national park in England, and the largest protected Dark Sky Park in Europe, this is the prettiest park this side of Hadrian’s Wall. Although it misses the part of sleeping under the stars, you can stay in one of the many camping barns instead of the tent, if you want. But it’s worth it to stay outside, and get the chance to maybe see the Milky Way!
  11. Atacama Desert, Chile- High altitude. No clouds. Lack of air pollution. Remote location. The Atacama Desert is the best place in South America to see the night sky as it should be seen. I mean, sure, you’re surrounded by flats (not the kind you get at Aldo!), mountains, salt lakes, sand, and adorable donkeys, but the sky is really the star (heh).
  12. Full of Stars Hotel, Jordan- This is another luxurious option! Set in the Wadi Rum wilderness, smack dab in the middle of the desert, and surrounded by impressive sandstone structures, these are like snazzy sleeping pods. You can see the beautiful night sky, from an air conditioned, king sized bed. My kind of place!