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11/03/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2015

If You Want To See The Best Starry Nights, Head To Arizona

Oh my starry eyed surprise.

Stargazing is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy wherever there's a beautiful night sky. But if you want to take your stargazing up a few notches, head to Arizona.

Arizona cities Flagstaff and Sedona, in particular, have some stellar nighttime sights. According to Airbnb, those two cities top its list of 10 places to stargaze, based on the percentage of host profiles who promote stargazing as a selling point. 

Be sure to book an evening sky tour in Sedona, and a visit to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Flagstaff, which doubles as a unique landmark in the daytime and a stargazer's paradise at night. Added bonus, the scenic drive trail is open all year long for 24 hours a day.

The view from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
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The view from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

An hour outside of Phoenix lies Superior, where view of the Milky Way will leave you starstruck. Hang out at the Desert Botanical Garden during the day before stargazing at night. 

Finally, make your Grand Canyon trip more serene with a pitstop at Grand Canyon Village, where the sky's the limit. Stay here for an off-the-trail sleeping spot, and try to avoid the huge crowds in the summertime. 

The Globular Clusters seen from Grand Canyon Village.
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The Globular Clusters seen from Grand Canyon Village.

Arizona is great for vacation any time, but late spring and early fall are ideal when the temperature and hotel rates are just right.

See the stunning night skies below, and prepare to fall head-over-heels for the Grand Canyon State. 

  • View from Snoopy Rock in Sedona.
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    View from Snoopy Rock in Sedona.
  • The Milky Way as seen from eastern Arizona.
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    The Milky Way as seen from eastern Arizona.
  • The spring Milky Way seen from Agua Fria National Monument.
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    The spring Milky Way seen from Agua Fria National Monument.
  • The view above Boynton Canyon in Sedona.
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    The view above Boynton Canyon in Sedona.
  • The view from the Kaibab Plateau. 
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    The view from the Kaibab Plateau. 
  • Mars, Jupiter and the stars of Taurus from Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson.
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    Mars, Jupiter and the stars of Taurus from Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson.
  • The Milky Way from Cathedral Rock in Sedona.
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    The Milky Way from Cathedral Rock in Sedona.
  • The view from Superior. 
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    The view from Superior. 
  • A full moon view in Sedona.
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    A full moon view in Sedona.

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