As we near spring, and look forward to months of warmer days and adventures to be had, stargazing is going to get better and better. While there are plenty of great places to watch the night sky 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 planet’s deep sky.

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It’s a great place to visit during the day for its surrounding panoramic views and location on the top of a hill, 2,100 feet above sea level.

At night, it’s obviously one of the best places around the state 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!