The places to add to your travel wishlist for next year
If you’ve ticked off the Northern Lights, but are still interested in starry nights, head to Utah, which has no fewer than 15 Dark Sky Parks – certifications awarded when the after-dark landscape is impressive and when visitors can experience astronomy-based activities as a result. Although, the state’s mesa-studded scenery and multicoloured wild-west terrain visible during the day makes for tough competition. Bryce Canyon was one of the first parks to be certified; fortunately for Aman junkies, Amangiri is just across the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here, a lunar-like landscape forms the backdrop to the hotel, with even the pool built into and around the ancient rocks, and the pinch-yourself moments keep coming. To get the full desert experience, try Camp Sarika: a series of 10 tented pavilions out in the wilderness, new for this year. As for the astrology, Utah is aiming to hit 20 Dark Sky Parks in 2020. Get those telescopes ready.