With the end of summer comes some spectacular meteorological events like the Perseid meteor shower. And while there are plenty of great places to watch them in and around the city, it might just be worth it to head out to Goldendale Observatory. It’s located near the Columbia River and is a great choice for a weekend road trip.

What makes Goldendale Observatory so cool and unique is the fact that it’s home to one of the nation’s largest public telescopes. The facility was recently renovated but still has many of its historic elements. It’s a great place to learn and also take a further look into our planets deep sky.

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It’s a great place to visit during the day for it’s surrounding panoramic views and location on the top of a hill, 2,100 feet above sea level. At night, it’s obviously kinda one of the best places around to see stars, planets and more. And because it’s close to camping State Parks like Brooks Memorial, Maryhill, and Columbia Hills you can visit at whatever time is best for you.

You can learn more about visiting Goldendale Observatory at their website. With that, enjoy and happy stargazing!