Sleeping under the stars is a romantic notion but getting a really good look at them in today’s artificial-light-filled world can be challenging.
Now, for the first time, there’s lodging with official “dark sky” credentials.
The luxury tent resort Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase in Utah is the first lodging to receive certification from DarkSky International, a non-profit that has designated more than 200 Dark Sky Places worldwide since 2001 as part of its mission to combat light pollution.
Under Canvas collaborated with DarkSky to develop criteria for certifying lodging. The program criteria will be posted next week so that other interested lodging providers can begin the application process, the organization said.
“While this is the first DarkSky Approved Lodge, we are optimistic that the growing interest in astrotourism and dark sky travel will mean it will not be the last,” Ruskin Hartley, DarkSky International’s CEO and executive director, told CNN Travel via email.
Approved lodging will have “distinguished quality starry nights and a nighttime environment preserved through on-site DarkSky Approved lighting,” according to the organization’s website.
“Under Canvas has been working diligently for several years on assessing sky quality, inventorying lights, and making the necessary changes to meet our program requirements,” Ruskin said.
The glamping resort is located on a sweeping canyon rim plateau in southern Utah close to the Arizona border within easy reach of Lake Powell, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Plus, it has its own slot canyon on site.
The US and Canada have a new dark sky park for stargazers to enjoy
Safari-inspired luxury canvas tents are available in a variety of configurations, including the two-person stargazer tent that has a viewing window positioned over the head of its king-size bed. The tent also has a private bathroom, a private deck and a wood-burning stove. The glamping resort also offers complimentary programming, including stargazing.
Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase rates this year range from $329 to $449 per night through the season’s end on October 30.
The new certification coincides nicely with the Perseid meteor shower, which will reach its peak this weekend.
The website maxtravelz.com is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.
Over-tourism remains an ongoing headache for Venice, and there are few times of the year you won’t come up against flocks of tourists (even on a cold and rainy day in late February, I found the top of the Rialto Bridge crowded), but off-season travel is unquestionably a gentler, more beneficial time to visit the city. Here are eight things to check out if you’re heading to La Serenissima this fall and winter.
While the Caribbean is home to its fair share of wildlife-filled islands—Saint Lucia, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, to name a few—one of the region’s most underrated ecotourism destinations measures in at just a mere thirteen square kilometers in area. Known as Saba, this dazzling Dutch overseas region holds a king-sized level of biodiversity in spite of its small size, packed full of fascinating fish, reptiles, and birds for visitors to marvel at—and when it comes to avian life in particular, the Saba Bird Fest is one of the island’s most unmissable events.
Ever wanted to wade into a cranberry bog? No need to audition for an Ocean Spray commercial—you can immerse yourself in a sea of burgundy berries by taking a cranberry bog tour. The best time to visit is during the cranberry harvest season, which typically occurs from mid-September through mid-November.
Royal Caribbean canceled or delayed three back-to-back Alaska voyages on the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship in September, throwing a wrench into the (often expensive) travel plans of hundreds of customers.
Those in prime locations throughout Canada and the northern U.S. may be in for a spectacular celestial show this week as a solar storm makes way for the most magical astrological phenomena there is: the northern lights.
It’s getting easier (and cheaper) to jet off to Europe as the summer comes to a close, and British Airways is putting the cherry on top with a September flight sale that has roundtrip tickets starting at less than $500.
It’s been hidden from public eyes for more than a hundred years. But in a few weeks time, the former Old War Office in London, Whitehall will finally open its doors after a multi-million-dollar transformation.
MaxTravelz - your ultimate travel companion! Discover a world of exploration and inspiration with our ultimate travel guide. Whether you're an avid globetrotter or an inquisitive adventurer, join us to ignite your wanderlust and maximize your journeys. Dive into a diverse range of blogs, articles, and travel guides offering practical tips, insider advice, and personal narratives. Uncover captivating destinations, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, and embrace thrilling adventures. Connect with a vibrant community of like-minded travelers, share your own stories, and embark on a journey of cultural immersion and self-discovery. Start your travel adventure today and unlock boundless inspiration.
Owner: SNOWLAND s.r.o.
Registration certificate 06691200
16200, Na okraji 381/41, Veleslavín, 162 00 Praha 6