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Best spots in San Diego County to watch a meteor shower

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Is Seen From Nevada Desert
Posted at 12:31 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 13:16:03-04

(KGTV) - You can leave the lights of San Diego behind at dark places that are prime for viewing meteor showers.

Want to go stargazing? Try these San Diego County locations for the best viewing experience:

Jess Martin Park (Julian): Head up to Julian to catch the meteor shower.

Blair Valley Campground (Anza-Borrego): There's really no bad spot in Anza-Borrego for stargazing. Its distance from San Diego makes it prime for some great viewing.

Palomar Observatory: Palomar Mountain is the site of an observatory, so there's no wonder why the area is great for catching the stars.

Laguna Campground: Mount Laguna has long been an area for camping and an escape from the city for San Diegans. While the Mount Laguna Observatory has the power to look deep into the galaxy, you'll have to bring your own gear at the campground to view the dark skies.

Torrey Pines State Reserve: Torrey Pines State Reserve can provide some surprising star gazing despite being as close to highways as it is. The glider port has been a spot for those who don't want to make the hours-long trek east.

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve: Poway's Blue Sky park is a great spot close to the county and away from too many bright lights for star gazing.

Fleet Science Center (Balboa Park): Yes, Balboa Park is close to the city lights, but with some telescopic power, you can still catch some great sights like planets and bright stars.

Mt. Helix Park: Mount Helix is another good option for those not wanting to drive too far away.

Otay Lakes County Park: Otay Lakes park is another close option where local star gazers have had success staring into the night sky.

Soledad Mountain: Another option close to home. Set your gaze or telescope in the right direction and Soledad Mountain is a great spot to star gaze.

San Elijo Park: Head up to North County and catch some star-gazing at San Elijo Park. Assuming the park lights are turned down, you'll be able to catch some of the celestial sights.