For night owls: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
Dark skies and bright constellations make this San Diego County park one of the best places for planetary spotting in the
West. Low light pollution means crazy-clear views of the Milky Way, Saturn, and Jupiter. For a dark-sky sleepover, try a camping
trip with California Overland, where starlit dunes are paired with campfire stories about the area’s history, and gooey s’mores
come after dinner. From $225, including dinner and breakfast; californiaoverland.com
Best time to go: October, for spectacular star shows and clearest, balmiest weather.
Stay: Borrego Valley Inn has a small, sand-swept courtyard perfect for galaxy gazing. Plus, there are kiva-style fireplaces and a 4 p.m. homemade-cookie hour. From $205; 2-night min.; borregovalleyinn.com