There are a lot of advantages to having so much open space in the city we live in. A lot of cities are on top of each other with businesses, traffic, and lights constantly shining.

That makes it tough to find places to just relax, clear your head, and look up at the sky.

One of the most peaceful things in the world is to stare at the stars, however it can be tough to truly get a clean look at them. The lights from the city peer up into the sky and really take away the brilliance of them.

I remember shortly after moving here, the baseball team my oldest son made did a camping trip for some bonding. We went out to a place in the absolute middle of nowhere and I found myself constantly looking up into the night sky. The stars were brighter than I've ever seen them, and they felt closer because you could see essentially every one of them.

Living where we do, you would think there'd be a lot more places we could go to see the stars that brilliantly, but you still have to search for those spots. If you want to look up at a TRULY dark sky to see the stars, here's a few places you can go around Amarillo.

Caprock Canyon is about an hour and a half drive southeast of Amarillo and reportedly is a perfect spot away from any of the city lights that could get in the way.

Palo Duro Canyon is a pretty obvious one. I'm sure many of you have already been out that way at night to look up at the sky. If you haven't, I'd highly recommend doing it considering it's right here in our backyard.

If you're willing to travel a little bit, there are a couple places a bit further outside of Amarillo you could head to. Copper Breaks State park is around 150 miles away and is designated as a international dark sky park, so you know you're going to get a great look there.

If you want to make a little weekend out of it, you could head to New Mexico and hit up Clayton Lake State Park. You could spend the day enjoying the park itself, then at night pull out a chair and just stare at the sky. Capulin Volcano is near there as well and you could spend some time there as well.

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