Location List

Dark sky ratings from 1-10: 

1 is the best for seeing stars, 10 is the worst. At around 4 is when you will be able to see the Milky Way Galaxy (if it is visible at that time).

Click the A-Z links for more info on each spot including a graphic of the surrounding light pollution and some images I shot of attractions along with a few helpful tips for shooting the location yourself.

Alabama Hills - Inyo County, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Anza Borrego Desert - Borrego Springs, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Ancient Bristlecone Pineforest - Bishop, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Angeles Crest Highway - Los Angeles, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 7

Austin, TX - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Avila Sea Caves - San Louis Obispo, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 3

Big Sur - Central Coast, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Balboa Park - San Diego, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 8

Bodega Bay - Bodega, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Buffalo, NY - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Death Valley, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Denison Park - Ojai, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Dallas, TX - Dark Sky Rating: 9

El Matador Beach - Malibu, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

El Mirage, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Frazier Park, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 3

Fort Bragg, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 3

Fort Erie, ON - Dark Sky Rating: 6

Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA- Dark Sky Rating: 9

Grand Canyon, AZ - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Glass Beach - Fort Bragg, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Hawaiian Islands - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Joshua Tree, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Kings Canyon, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Knapp's Castle - Santa Barbara, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 3

La Jolla, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 6

Lake Arrowhead, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 5

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Lancaster, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Leo Carrillo - Malibu, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Los Angeles, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 10

Murphy's Ranch - Pacific Palisades, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 8

Malibu, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 5

Marin Headlands - Marin, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 5

Montmartre - Paris, FR - Dark Sky Rating: 10

Neskowin Beach - Neskowin, OR - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Niagra, ON - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Ojai, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 5

Old LA Zoo - Griffith Park - Los Angeles, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Partington Cove - Big Sur, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Palm Springs, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Pasadena, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Point Reyes, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Route 66 - Bagdad, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Red Rock Canyon, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

San Diego, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 9

Sunken City - San Pedro, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 9

San Simeon, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Sedona, AZ - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Salton Sea, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 3

Santa Cruz, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 5

San Francisco, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 10

Santa Barbara, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 7

Sequoia, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Trona Pinnacles - Trona, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 2

Tree Bones - Big Sur, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Vasquez Rocks - Agua Dulce, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 4

Ventura, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 5

Yosemite, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1

Zzyzx, CA - Dark Sky Rating: 1