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The Five Best Places For Stargazing In The World

Travelers Today       By    Sheobi Anne Ramos

Updated: Feb 07, 2017 05:06 AM EST

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Stargazing is one of the best luxuries in the world we can have for free. Nothing like lying on your back on a picnic rug, sipping beer or wine, and relishing the infinite, magical view of the heavens.

And while stargazing in the city can be quite rare because of the city lights and smoke, there are places in the world that are perfect for stargazing. These stargazing spots will elevate the experience a million times higher, making you feel like you're part of the nighttime sky itself. Here are some of them:

Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The world's largest optical telescope is located at the top of Mauna Kea, but guests must first brave the two-hour drive up the 13,796-foot summit. The high altitude may cause short of breath due to low oxygen levels, but if you're willing to risk it all then you will be treated to one of the best sunsets and stargazing views of your life.

Kiruna, Sweden. Soon to be the center of space tourism in Europe, there's a reason the Esrange Space Center chose this spot. It's the best place to see the Aurora Borealis, and its remote location adds to the serenity of the whole place. Guests usually stay at the Icehotel, where they can avail stargazing and northern lights picnic tours with their loved ones.

Jasper National Park, Canada. One of the most beautiful nature reserves in the world, the more than 100 camping sites inside Jasper National Park are equally perfect for a night of stargazing and woodland camping. With the scent of the forest trees, the chilly mountain air, and the warm ambiance of the stars and moon around you, you'll surely forget all your woes in life because of being held captive by the natural beauty you'll experience here.

Tuscany, Italy. The legendary astronomer Galileo Galilei has uncovered much about the space and planets during his time, and Tuscany was one of the places where he observed and discovered his space-related theories. Now, visitors can see and gaze the same views Galileo did, just bring your telescope and you might see a clear view of the surface of the moon and its neighboring stars.

Atacama Desert, Chile. This 600-mile Chilean desert has all the necessary requirements for the most perfect stargazing experience: high altitude, unpolluted skies and dry, non-polar air. If you're not into camping but want to experience stargazing in the Atacama Desert, just check in at the Elqui Domos hotel, where there are domed tents and cabin with glass roofs, so you can view the shining stars in comfort.

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