A stargazing destination for little kids around Seattle?
May 14, 2014 11:19 PM Subscribe
My kids (3 & 5) both love to hear about space and space travel. But living in Seattle means they rarely see any stars. In the spring and summer it's light past their bedtime. In the fall and winter it's often cloudy, and when it isn't, there's tons of light pollution. I want to take them on a trip where they can see the night sky in all its glory.
posted by rouftop to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (13 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We already enjoy going on weekend adventures where we rent a house or cabin and go on easy hikes during the day. My thinking is that maybe there's someplace on the other side of the Cascades, far from the marine layer of the coast and into the desert, where we could go next winter on a moonless weekend. (Ideally the kids will have their fill and still get to bed by 8 or at most 9 PM.)
But, like the little engine that could, I've never been over the mountain and have no idea what's over there. (And getting through the passes in winter might be a little tricky, no?) Maybe there are other good spots as well if we headed north, or to the islands, though I imagine it would be mistier that way. Ideal travel time would be 3 hours or less.
What are some good destinations?