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Posted on: July 13, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fountain Hills is 16th Best Stargazing Destination in the Country

Fountain Hills is a community proud of its iconic fountain, beautiful scenery, and small-town charm and for being recognized as the world's 17th International Dark Sky Community. Now, the community can celebrate being a Top 20 Stargazing Destination in the country.

HomeToGo (, an online vacation rental marketplace, released its 2023 Summer Stargazing Index, which ranked the top 17 stargazing destinations in the US. Fountain Hills is number 16 on the list. 

"Fountain Hills continues to be recognized as one of the very best places on this planet to gaze up at the others!" said Fountain Hills Mayor Ginny Dickey. 

To come up with the ranking, HomeToGo analyzed various factors, including average cloud cover and population density, to indicate how secluded an area is and the accessibility of affordable accommodations. Additionally, it even considered and evaluated many different International Dark Sky Places (IDSP), which are considered top spots for stargazing thanks to their low light pollution. 

Take a look at the complete ranking of the top US destinations for stargazing: 
1. Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, Colorado 
2. Dripping Springs, Arizona 
3. Harmony, Florida 
4. Flagstaff, Arizona 
5. Sedona, Arizona 
6 (tied). Beverly Shores, Indiana 
6 (tied). Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation, Arizona 
8. Fort Davis, Texas 
9. Dripping Springs-Wimberley, Texas 
10. Torrey, Utah 
11. Horseshoe Bay, Texas 
12. Lost Creek, Texas 
13. Borrego Springs, California 
14. Village of Oak Creek, Arizona 
15. Homer Glen, Illinois 
16. Fountain Hills, Arizona 
17. Ketchum, Idaho 


"It’s great, and well-deserved, to have Fountain Hills be recognized as one of the top star gazing locations on the planet,” said Joe Bill, President, International Dark Sky Discovery Center. “As a dark sky oasis in the Valley of the Sun and the Town’s prestigious designation as the 17th International Dark Sky Community in the world, Fountain HIlls is the perfect location for the planned, nonprofit 23,000 sq. ft. International Dark Sky Discovery Center." 


To learn more about Fountain Hills dark skies, visit and check out the planned International Dark Sky Discovery Center at 



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