When the summer and fall seasons arrive in Northern California, the night sky comes alive with the best viewing opportunities for astro-enthusiasts. Although there are a lot of places to go stargazing in the region, one of our favorites is the nearby national park with volcanic views.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the best locations in California to get away from streetlights and see some amazing astronomy. With the heightened elevation and location far away from modern lights, Lassen is like a real-life planetarium.
The best way to stargaze at Lassen is probably the annual Dark Sky Festival where you can learn from park rangers and NASA employees. With your own equipment and some research, you can see meteor showers or full moons. You can even hike to the top of Lassen Peak during the full moon!
Watch the above video from the Shasta Astronomy Club that shows why Lassen is one of the best places to stargaze in NorCal.