Star Light, Star Bright

To have a real celestial experience, get away from urban hotspots
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2007 7:07 AM CDT
The drinking gourd was how slaves described the constellation commonly called the Big Dipper. They knew that it pointed to the North Star, or Polaris, the fixed star in the sky used for navigation.   (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – There's no better season than summer for sleeping outdoors under the stars. Get your fill of the Big Dipper at USA Today's ideal star-gazing spots:

  1. Assateague Island National Seashore, Md./Va.
  2. Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
  3. Big Bend National Park, Texas

  1. Sequoia High Sierra Camp, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Calif.
  2. Loreto Bay, Baja California, Mexico
  3. Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua, West Indies
  4. Denali National Park, Alaska
  5. Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM
  6. Lake Superior, Minn.
  7. Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
(Read more camping stories.)