The Essentials

Dark Sky Tourism: International

It’s a different kind of travel experience but gaining in popularity — dark sky tourism.

These are destinations that pride themselves on the evening hours and being ideal for looking up at the sky.


There’s even an International Dark Sky Association that certifies locations for the quality of their starry sky viewing.


Check out Bardsey Island in the United Kingdom, with an international dark sky sanctuary certification.


If you want an exceptional glimpse of the Milky Way, there are four prime destinations. Plan a trip out to a Welsh island or travel to the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand. You’ll also see it at the jump-up in Queensland, Australia, or stick close to home and visit the Medicine Rocks State Park in Montana.


And then…wait for nightfall and simply look iup.