Shenandoah National Park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the U.S. state of Virginia. The Skyline Drive runs its length, and the park offers a variety of astronomy events including an Annual Night Sky Festival that is held around August each year. The park is always open, but portions of Skyline Drive are periodically closed during inclement weather. According to its website, “the crisp, clear Blue Ridge Mountains air in Shenandoah National Park makes everything brighter in the night sky. Stars sparkle with more intensity, and constellations come into clearer view.” According to the person who recommended this location to EarthSky, Shenandoah National Park offers “dark skies, great horizons, and public stargazing events.” Check it out!
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!