For many, going to a bar solo is akin to going to a friend's wedding dateless: an embarrassing and painfully awkward experience oftentimes made worse with one-too-many fruity cocktails. But if you're a solo-traveler who also happens to enjoy your adult beverages, frequenting bars without a date is a great skill to master.
It's getting harder and harder to see the stars these days, as lights from urban and suburban areas create a haze in the sky that obscures the stars and planets from our view. Yet there are few things more enjoyable than marveling at a brilliant night sky. Thanks in part to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and state and national parks, the following are the best places to stargaze as perhaps our pre-electricity ancestors did.