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8 national parks to visit with your Valentine

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 31, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
Romantic Bryce Point

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Bryce Point

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Ideal audio accompaniment: “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae

Looking to work your romantic mojo amongst the hoodoos? Then get thee to Bryce Canyon National Park where the geology is otherworldly, the vistas are nothing less than sweeping and the untarnished night sky acts as a magnet for seasoned astrologers and love-struck stargazers alike. Boasting one of the darkest night skies in all of North America due in part to a high elevation, arid environment and an absence of light pollution, Bryce Canyon offers a range of astronomy and night sky programs including a popular annual Astronomy Festival hosted by the park’s dedicated staff of “Dark Rangers.” For unaccompanied adults on the prowl for a telescope-toting hottie, there probably isn’t a more appropriate place on Earth to try out that tired old pickup line, “So, what’s your sign?”