The stars are waiting.
Timelapse filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan have spent three years traveling to more than 500 locations to capture the magnificence of the last truly dark skies.
Before teaming up to shoot at night, the two had not realized how big of a problem light pollution was. They decided to use their narrative filmmaking and storytelling skills to raise awareness, teaming up with the International Dark Sky Association, and using data from amateur astronomers and light pollution metrics from the National Park Service. The pair also released a book with all the dark sky locations they visited.
“We found that in a lot of the towns and spaces we went to, the night sky is becoming a tourist attraction itself as it becomes more and more rare to see the Milky Way and these sights from the city,” Mehmedinovic told Travel + Leisure.
For those in search of galactic views, here are 13 destinations to add to your list.