Denver, Colorado is our top city for stargazing
Coming in first place for stargazing is Denver, Colorado. Whilst the elevation of the city definitely helps (it’s the highest of all cities on our list), it also boasts low levels of rain and relatively low levels of light pollution. If you’re in the city and want to spend an evening gazing up at the stars, head to Red Rocks Amphitheatre (when there aren’t any concerts on, of course!) or Chamberlin Observatory.
In fact, cities in the United States dominate the top ten, with El Paso, Texas in second position. Stargazing here is a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike; the Hueco Tanks State Park holds regular guided tours at night.
Positions three and four are two Canadian cities: Calgary (the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is a great hotspot) and Edmonton, where you might even be able to see the Northern Lights if you’re really lucky!
Rounding up the top five is the first European city to make the list: Madrid, Spain, which has extremely low levels of light pollution at 89.51.
The USA continues to dominate the top ten, with Las Vegas in sixth place; this might sound surprising given all of the hotels and casinos contributing to its high levels of light pollution. However, all you need to do is drive out of the city for 25 minutes until you reach the desert, and you’ll feel like you’re in another part of the world entirely. Wrap up warm and you can spend a romantic evening searching for meteor showers, Mars, Jupiter, and more, depending on the visibility.
Phoenix, Arizona and Fort Worth, Texas also make it into the top 10, with Australia’s capital, Canberra, entering at position 8 thanks to its low levels of light pollution (61.55).