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Night Light

Want to see a shooting star this summer? Thanks to the low humidity of northeastern San Diego County, and with the Perseids meteor showers coming in August, you’re in for a spectacular light show at any of these three stargazing destinations. Plan for an out of this world adventure!

Week 07.17.2015
Regions Southern CA

Julian's Star Treatment

Stay and Stargaze at the Observers Inn

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Want the full celestial experience where you can spend the night or just drop in for an experience that’ll have you all starry-eyed? There’s a cozy B&B for that. Nestled under the straggly pines and scrubby oaks of Julian, the 4.5-acre Observer’s Inn is a bed-and-breakfast…
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Alaska Is Affordable Adventure

Fly Alaska Airlines from LAX to Affordable Adventures

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What do you think of a quick trip to Mexico for a new adventure? From LAX, Alaska Airlines flies to almost every place in Mexico and is known for low fares. Cabo San Lucas is calling! Alaska’s got low airfares from LAX, including non-stop, so we can get to our cocktail-in-a…
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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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Sycamore's Star Parties

Sycamore Canyon Sunset Hike and Stargazing

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Sunset hikes are beautiful, but they shine naturally brighter when paired with stargazing afterwards. Make it happen in Sycamore Canyon, which hosts a Star Party every other month on the third Friday. The next one is August 21. Nestled between the rush of San Diego’s Interstate…
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    Shealor Stunner

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