Searching for Next-Level Stargazing Spots? Book These Airbnbs.
Escape the blight of light pollution and soak up the stars from the comfort of these incredible Airbnbs with epic views of the night sky.
Not all stargazing spots are created equal. And there are some things to consider if you’re dead set on finding a spot where the night sky is on full display. Valerie Stimac, author of Lonely Planet’s Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism, says that in addition to limited light pollution, ideal stargazing locations “offer an unobstructed view of the night sky.”
This means heavily forested areas are a no-go, unless there’s a meadow or field within. “The best dark sky homes have designed exterior lighting to make stargazing easier—hooded lights that point only at the ground, and may even only be motion-activated (so they turn off after you settle in for stargazing),” she adds. “Hosts who know their locations are good for stargazing may also provide red flashlights and books or other resources to help guests enjoy the night sky while staying.”
To get you started or help you continue on your stargazing journey, we've tracked down 14 easily bookable Airbnbs around the country that will ensure you'll get an exceptional view of the celestial world after dark from down here on little ol' Earth. Just make sure you're being extra careful in light of current circumstances.
2 guests, $275 per night
Don’t think for a second that stargazing is limited to midwestern national parks and remote deserts. In Volcano, located on the Island of Hawai’i, this bamboo treehouse sees stars every night—and you can join in on the fun. Climb up the 14-foot-tall spiral staircase to get to this rental’s main digs, where you’ll find a living area and spacious queen-sized bed. Bamboo imported from Vietnam, Wi-Fi, power, and running water are all part of what sets this treehouse apart from others. At night, step outside where a break in the trees allows the island’s sky to shine brightly.
What guests say: “Beautiful treehouse with amazing view. I have never seen the stars more beautiful! Very romantic and cozy place to relax.”
3 guests, $101 per night
If you’re looking for a remote experience, this adobe-coated dome is for you. Built in the middle of the desert—with Big Bend National Park and Terlingua Ghost Town about 25 minutes away—this rental is an earthen structure. It’s made from soil, mud, sod, or turf then covered with cob (adobe) to keep the desert heat and elements at bay. Don’t be fooled by its exterior, though; this home is fully equipped with a functional kitchen, and sleeping accommodations for three. Because of its isolated location, it’s primed for stargazing.
What guests say: “By far the best Airbnb I’ve ever stayed at. It’s as beautiful as the pictures. Extremely clean and cozy. Keep in mind this is a little drive from Terlingua Ghost Town, but I believe it’s worth it because the remoteness allows for peace and quiet and exceptional stargazing. We saw multiple shooting stars in the dark sky. We can’t wait to come back!”
6 guests, $282 per night
Trade in a desert escape for this log cabin built alongside a peaceful flowing stream. Not only does the home feature outdoor space galore (like a finished deck, balcony, and backyard), but it’s suitable for six guests—making it perfect for a family vacay, bachelor party, or couples retreat. Now, let’s talk about the stargazing opportunities. Since the home is located just minutes away from Cherry Springs State Park, the only certified International Dark Sky Park on the east coast, you can expect to see the galaxy like never before.
What guests say: “We loved our stay! I surprised my girlfriend with a last-minute trip to see the stars and asked her to marry me on the cabin porch the first night. We had an amazing weekend and the cabin was identical to all the pictures and descriptions provided by Chris. Hope to make this an annual trip going forward. Highly recommend staying here.”
2 guests, $132 per night
If you’re looking to connect with nature, this upscale camping experience is for you. Nestled in an open field in Jefferson, Maine, the “ComfyDome Hill-Side Site” (and its neighbor domes) offers you 360-degree views of your surroundings as you sleep. Use the 127 mm telescope (available to rent) to get a closer look at the Maine countryside and breathtaking night sky. Amenities include fire pits, solar power, outdoor chairs and umbrellas, plus more.
What guests say: “Sleeping under the stars in a ComfyDome was an experience like no other. Seth was an amazing host and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. His suggestions also brought us to great breweries and hiking trails. The towns around the area including Camden, Waldoboro, and Damariscotta are all beautiful and fun to explore. Would highly recommend this spot for a weekend getaway.”
4 guests, $180 per night
This unbelievable home was featured on CNBC’s “Cash Pad,” and you’re about to understand why. Situated 6,500 feet high in the mountains, this modern home touts luxurious amenities in a rustic setting. Enjoy an outdoor gas grill and al fresco dining, top kitchen appliances, and a washer/dryer among other amenities. Of course, it wouldn’t be “majestic” without the sprawling mountain and valley views, plus giant windows for stargazing in bed.
What guests say: “This place is an easy drive from Phoenix and it feels a million miles away! It feels like you can reach out and touch the stars. The sky is so clear and beautiful! With the wall of windows in the bedroom, you can stargaze the night away! We will definitely return for another stay!”
3 guests, $138 per night
Escape to this one-bedroom, one bathroom ranch-style home in the desert. Though close to Marfa’s city center, the 1950s home promises seclusion, as it’s surrounded by Juniper trees, prickly pear cacti, and lots of local cats (who roam around and will want to share the home with you). At night, the cool desert air rolls in—along with clear views of the planets and stars—which you can enjoy in the private backyard or the vast surrounding area.
What guests say: “We loved our stay at The Juniper Moon House. The house is tastefully decorated, cozy, and has nice little touches like Sonos speakers, soft linens, and a well equipped kitchen. The outdoor space is so perfect for enjoying cool desert nights under a blanket of stars. It's amazing that we could see so many planets and constellations while being within walking distance to groceries and downtown amenities. We'll be back.”
4 guests, $182 per night
This lookout tower in the middle of an open meadow in rural Oregon was built in 2009 and modeled after a old-school fire towers erected in the early 1900s by the US Forest Service. However, it's stocked with plenty of cozy amenities (a full kitchen, hot and cold running water, outdoor shower, wood-fired hot tub) that'll make your off-the-grid stay very comfortable. And beyond the epic daytime view from up top of the surrounds (and the wildlife below), at night you have a front row seat either indoors through the windows or on the wraparound deck for some serious stargazing.
What guests say: "The VIEWS here alone are worth the trip. Sunsets, sunrise, the vast forest greeting you in the morning - it's tranquility personified. And don't even get me started about the stars at night (we were lucky enough to see the NEOWSIE comet)."
2 guests, $199 per night
Set on an acre of secluded property a short distance from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, this domed tent-style dwelling has a transparent ceiling that allows you to lay in bed watching shooting stars (and not to mention, an amazing view of the Milky Way).
What guests say: "Wow! What an amazing and unique experience. The night sky view from bed was something you can’t even dream of. We saw 8 shooting stars before we drifted off to sleep. The Milky Way seemed close enough to touch. Can’t wait to go back!"
6 guests, $506 per night
If it looks as though a legit architect designed this place, it's because they did. This stylish, minimalist steel tiny home blends modern amenities with the outdoors in the middle of the desert, and features an open-air bedroom that provides a truly exceptional view of the sky and stars as you drift off to dreamland.
What guests say: "The stargazing loft was once in a lifetime. We pick a great time of year to go! No moon so the stars were extra bright. We could see the Milky Way!"
4 guests, $49 per night
Just outside Asheville, this unique, exotic dome home enjoys an incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountains during daylight, but at night you can simply step outside for an unparalleled stargazing experience. It's definitely more on the rustic side (there's an outhouse and an outdoor shower), but if you're looking to get off the grid and treat yourself to crystal clear night sky views, it's well worth a visit.
What guests say: "Excellent spot to get away from everything! Great views of the mountains and stars and amazing place to disconnect."
6 guests, $272 per night
If you're in the mood to retreat to the sort of place that feels like it's on another planet (and honestly, who isn't these days?),
Moon Camp has you set up. It's solar powered and totally off the grid in Joshua Tree and consists of three main structures: a main dome house, a shipping container "guest house" and another shipping container that serves as a lounge. There is also a new courtyard (with hammocks and lounge chairs), which is the perfect place to hang once the sun goes down to take in the gorgeous vistas in the wide open night sky.
What guests say: "Moon Camp is super cool! It’s like being in a top notch lunar home in the not so distant future. The fire pit was fantastic, we loved hanging out in the hammocks stargazing. Everything was very stylish and sparkling clean and it’s only a few minutes drive to Joshua Tree village."
15 guests, $150 per night
If you're traveling with a big crew, this spot in rural New Mexico should be on your radar. You'll have access to two large geodesic domes that together offer about 5,000 square feet of indoor living space (including 27-foot ceilings, lofts, and multiple skylights). There's also a large full kitchen, large living room, and huge dining area, but you'll likely want to be spending most of your time outdoors on the deck since the views of the surrounds are stunning, and get even better once the sun goes down.
What guests say: "The place was STUNNING and one of the best AirB&B experiences we have ever had. The place is unique and the journey to get there worth it."
4 guests, $112 per night
Like the aforementioned dome home in Arizona near the Grand Canyon, this spot in Sedona is a cozy, pod-like ventilated sphere with a clear dome facing up that allows you to look at the night sky from bed.
What guests say: "Best star gazing experience ever! It was like a magical dream that came true! Very cozy, warm and comfortable capsule."
6 guests, $185 per night
Set on a five acre hill surrounded by windmills, this gorgeous geodesic dome home offers incredible 360-degree views of the desert, mountains, Joshua Tree Park, and Coachella Valley courtesy of full walls of windows on nearly every side (plus skylights!). It's great for small groups, too, thanks to its large living room and indoor/outdoor dining and kitchen areas. The views are what really sell this place, though, particularly at sunrise, sunset, and once the sun goes down and the stars start to show off.
What guests say: "This place in incredible. It’s in a beautiful landscape facing mountains, wind powered mills and powerful sunsets and beautiful stars. Go, and push the reset button on your heart, mind and soul. Telescope recommended if you have one."