There are some nights where all you want to do is be alone with nature and able to appreciate the vastness of the universe. During those times, stargazing is one of the best healing activities to take up, and luckily there are many places in the Bay Area where you can stargaze without being overwhelmed by the lights of the city.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
This tucked away joy is without a doubt one of the best places to stargaze in the Bay Area. The lighthouse has been transformed into a comfortable and cozy hostel right on the water and is in an area that gets almost pitch black at night. To make it even better, the lighthouse has an outdoor hot tub overlooking the water that is open to use for its guests for a small fee. Be sure to check in early and put your name on the list for the hot tub time you desire, as the list fills up fairly quickly.
Just across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco, the Marin Headlands are an easily accessible area from which to stargaze. One of the first exits off the highway, the drive through the headlands will provide you with stunning views of the bridge as well as beautiful skies on a clear night. There are plenty of places to pull out along the road and it’s easy to find parking, so you will have no issues camping out in the warmth of your car while enjoying the stars.
‘Save the best for last’ is always a good motto, and Mount Diablo State Park is certainly one of the best places to stargaze in the Bay Area. Often frequented by amateur and professional astronomers, Mount Diablo has an observatory that is open to the public during certain times and has unobstructed views of the Bay Area. If you are looking to get an education and a close up view of the stars, head to Mount Diablo.
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