89 Road Trip

Join me on my 3,000-mile research trip from Arizona to the border of Canada on Highway 89

Join me on my 3,000-mile research trip from Arizona to the border of Canada on Highway 89, one of America’s most scenic drives, to discover some of the best night sky experiences in the West. This route passes seven national parks, dozens of national monuments and state parks, planetariums and observatories, and cultural and nature centers. And when the trip is over, I’ll have what I need to finish the book I started at the end of 2022 about these night sky experiences on Highway 89.

Follow Night Sky Tourist on Instagram and Facebook for updates about the trip as I go, participate in some fun Q&A sessions on the road, and enter the giveaways.

89 Route Map

Map used by permission by usroute89.com 

17-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Bryce Canyon National Park (UT)

Day 2

Kodachrome Basin State Park & Cedar Breaks National Monument (UT)

Day 3

Stokes Nature Center, Logan (UT)

Day 4

The southeastern corner of Idaho

Day 5

Snow King Mountain Observatory and Planetarium & Wyoming Stargazing (Jackson, WY)

Day 6

Grand Teton National Park (WY)

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park (WY)

Day 8

Paradise Valley (MT)

Day 9

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park & Canadian border (MT)

Day 10

Glacier National Park (MT)

Day 11

Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, MT)

Day 12

Star Valley (WY)

Day 13

Antelope Island State Park (UT)

Day 14

Clark Planetarium & State Capitol (Salt Lake City, UT)

Day 15

Timpanogos Cave National Monument & Zion National Park (UT)

Day 16

Pipe Spring National Monument & Grand Canyon North Rim (AZ)

Day 17

Fountain Hills, AZ (International Dark Sky Community)


This trip is made possible in part by these generous sponsors.

Join The Q&A Sessions And Giveaways On The Road

Join me for my first-ever Instagram lives while I’m on the road. I’ll share some stories of my experiences along the way, make some recommendations for your trip to one of these great destinations, and answer your questions. Want to share a question in advance? EMAIL ME me at hello@nightskytourist.com and I’ll answer your question during one of the Instagram lives.

Tag a friend in one of the trip photos on Facebook or Instagram to be entered in a giveaway and I’ll announce winners during the Instagram live. Prizes will be shipped after I return from my trip. Must live in the United States to win.

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