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Since the pandemic, I’ve felt an increased reverence for the sky and a greater interest in traveling to appreciate it. Whether you’re traveling to see the Northern Lights, to dark sky destinations to see the galaxies, or making time to see the occasional celestial phenomenon, our mysterious skies offer delight and wonder.
On November 8, the Moon, visible from the western and central US states, as well as the Pacific, Japan, Australia and Russia, will experience a total lunar eclipse. It will take on a remarkable reddish hue for 84 minutes as light from the Sun passes through Earth’s atmosphere to reach the lunar surface. This “blood moon” will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from North America until 2025.
And when the dark skies are clear, you can see stars, the planet Uranus just above the eclipsed moon, and maybe bright meteor showers – even a “fireball” meteor.
Here are some of the best US dark-sky destinations for an astrotourism camping trip via outdoor accommodation booking website Pitchup.com. Warning: You will need to get up very early and dress in layers to stay warm and toasty. But this heavenly experience can be heavenly.
At Fossil Valley RV Park in Vernal, Utah, campers can view the lunar eclipse in the early hours of the morning from 3:16 a.m. to 4:41 a.m. MT. The area’s night skies are as clear as possible and protected by the neighboring International Dark Sky Park, Steinaker State Park.
Under the Milky Way, galaxies park in a dark sky.
Sage View Ranch in Paonia, Colorado offers a variety of accommodations for all types of campers spread across 11 acres of the North Fork Valley, including a gypsy caravan, converted school buses and a spacious two-bedroom lodge, all with views of the Rocky Mountains.
At the Terry RV Oasis in Terry, Montana, just down the road from the Yellowstone River, stargazers can stay warm on a November night in their own RV or rent a mobile home or cabin offered by the campground.
On the East Coast, the Blood Moon is visible from 3:02 a.m. to 7:04 a.m. ET, and the Fort Wilderness RV Park and Campground in Whittier, North Carolina offers a peaceful, wooded retreat to watch the night sky over the rust-colored mountains.
Moon in the Pond Farm is located on an organic working farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts with expansive views of the lush greenery and rolling hills of Berkshire. There is a rustic hut for rent.
Greeter Falls Campground in Altamont, Tennessee offers cozy bell and safari tents that offer a fall glamping experience and borders the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, known for its waterfalls and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Scenic view of the waterfall in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area.
Lone Mountain Riverfront Campground in Andover, Maine is a remote campground on the Appalachian Trail that offers uninterrupted mountain range views and rents tents, RV sites, and cabins.
(For more heavenly wonders, check out episodes 9, 16, and 43 of my award-winning travel podcast, Places I Remember. Follow it on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen.)