Located on New Zealand's South Island, the massive combined area of Aoraki and the Mackenzie Basin provide a stunning backdrop for searching the heavens.
Primarily populated by sheep, this part of Wales lacks the population density that would have a negative effect on the night sky, although it is within easy reach of over a million people.
The only International Dark Sky Reserve in America, Central Idaho is nearly 100% rugged wilderness with no infrastructure. And that means no electric lighting to taint the celestial atmosphere.
The 81 square kilometers of protected core land at Exmoor are a treasure trove. In addition to the dark sky, you'll find other attractions of interest like a deserted medieval settlement and Bronze Age burial mounds.
If you plan to follow the Wild Atlantic Way trail in Ireland, you'll also come across Kerry. It's worth stopping overnight to enjoy the brilliant sky.
Located close to the Maine border, Mont-Mégantic is a pioneering force in reducing light pollution, having decreased the area's contributions by 25 percent.
You'll be surprised to learn that Moore's Reserve is within 100 kilometers of London, one of the most light-polluted locales on the planet. Yet, the reserve area within South Downs is shockingly dark.
Situated in the Namib Desert, this reserve is one of the darkest places on Earth. You'll probably also have the chance to see plenty of local wildlife.
Pic du Midi is incredibly photogenic, home to a massive observatory and surrounded by gorgeous mountains. Taking in the scene will make you feel like you're in a James Bond movie, especially in the dead of night.
With a magical name like "Snowdonia," it's no wonder that you'll find the starriest of skies here. The interior is made up of uninhabitable wilderness making it one of the darkest places left in south Britain.