The stars align at these 6 dark-sky reserves

See the night sky in all of its splendor

The night sky over a rock formation at Big Bend National Park in Texas
Far from any city scrum, Texas' Big Bend National Park is known for its dark skies
(Image credit: Gary Kemp Photography / Getty Images)

If you're looking for the light, go toward a Dark Sky Place. Away from the artificial light pollution that plagues big cities and suburbs, these areas offer the right conditions for clear stargazing, astrophotography, moonlight walking tours and other dark-sky activities.

The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) certifies parks, communities and reserves that use "responsible lighting policies and public education" to "preserve and protect dark sites." Globally, there are more than 200 International Dark Sky Places across 22 countries, some well off the beaten path and others just a short trek from urban centers. These six dark-sky spots promise a celestial experience.

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