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Stargazing Campgrounds

Falling stars, full moons, and a bevy of celestial events this year … summer camping is full on fantastic when you ‘set your sites’ on these cool campgrounds featuring dark skies and famous observatories. Bonus: There’s first-come, first-served options, too.

Week 06.27.2019
Regions Southern CA

White Tank Campground

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower in Joshua Tree National Park

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Heaven for star buffs: the best campground in Joshua Tree National Park for night-sky viewing, in a place named an International Dark Sky Park, with a full-on observatory just minutes away! White Tank Campground is at 3,800 feet in the eastern part of the park, far from the…
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Explore Wayyy Northern California!

Del Norte County Summer Adventures

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Gondola Through the Redwoods Where else can you take a gondola through a redwood forest? Hop on board the Trees of Mystery “Sky Trail” gondola for a bird’s-eye view of giant redwoods. Bonus: From the summit’s observation deck, you’ll get a mountaintop ocean vista, too! Low Tide…
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Palomar's Star Power

Camp at Observatory Campground on Palomar Mountain

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Palomar Mountain State Park in northern San Diego is like having a friend in a high place. There are perks to be had! The 6,138-foot namesake mountain offers cooler climates during the hot summer, and a way-up-there campground brings you even closer to the stars—and closer to one…
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Laguna Campground

Viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower at Laguna Campground in San Diego County

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Star travelers can find dark skies and solitude for stargazing only an hour away from downtown San Diego at Laguna Campground in the Cleveland National Forest. Go on a weeknight to enjoy solitary communion with the stars, or pitch your tent over the weekend to become a part of an…
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    Shealor Stunner

    Robust mountains, striking slabs of granite, and deep green pine reflections make Shealor Lake near Kirkwood resort a jewel of the El Dorado National Forest. Reach this alpine oasis on a 1.3-mile hike.

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    Peak-a-View!

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    Lookout for This View!

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    Ah, Good Point

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    Sleeper Hit

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