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The Best Places to Star Gaze in the US

The Best Places to Star Gaze in the US
March 30
11:58 2016

When was the last time that you looked up at the stars? Stars are much less visible depending on city lights, bad weather, and milky way conditions.

But, there are still some breathtaking star-filled night views to be seen in the US. No one knows this better than Grant Kaye. He has the best job in the world as a professional landscape photographer, aka professional stargazer. He has captures thousands of starry nights across the country, so he knows where to go to see the best sparkly skies.

Alaska

When you think of beautiful skylines, you probably think of the Aurora Borealis (as shown in the photo above.) Not only will you see stars for days, but the natural light phenomenon is spectacular. “It really is a completely unparalleled spiritual experience that I cannot recommend enough,” he told Business Insider. “Alaska will always be a favorite place to shoot at night.” The lights can be seen anywhere in the state but Kaye recommends visiting the Lodge at Black Rapids for the best view.

The Black Rock Desert in Nevada

Counting the number of stars that you can see from this location is impossible. “I love shooting in this location because it is remote, mysterious, and has one of the darkest skies in all of North America,” said Kaye to the Business Insider. But since it is a remote desert wilderness, you need to be prepared for a trip like this.

The Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California

You will not only see stars when you visit this forest, but also some of the oldest living trees. If you are looking for a camping adventure with an unforgettable view, Bristlecone is open to the public from mid-May to the end of November.

Lake Tahoe in California

The landscapes in this area is why Kaye lives just 30 minutes away from here. This gives him easy access to photograph some of the most amazing sights in the country. “The darkness and lack of light pollution to the east (Nevada) and south (Sierra Nevada) allow for the creation of almost any kind of night photo one can imagine — even scuba diving in Lake Tahoe at night under the Milky Way,” Kaye said to the Business Insider.

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