This summer, the skies will be alive as one of the world’s most impressive meteor showers comes to town. The Perseids, an active meteor shower closely affiliated with the Swift-Tuttle Comet, is expected to be most active from July 17th to August 24th in 2023. It’s always an impressive display when it can be seen – and did you know you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower in Iowa? Iowa might not have any official Dark Sky Reserves, but it does have some great wide-open spaces without much light pollution. In many of these parks and preserves, you’ll be able to see the sky without any extra implements. One of the best spots for stargazing in Iowa is the Eden Valley County Refuge in the small town of Baldwin. This relaxed local park has an impressive observation tower, as well as some great overnight accommodations if you plan to make your stargazing adventure into a longer affair.

Do you have plans to see the Perseid meteor shower in Iowa this summer? Tell us about your favorite stargazing spots in the Hawkeye State in the comments section! You can find out more about Eden Valley County Refuge at its official website – and book your own cabin. For another ideal stargazing spot, check out Iowa’s best spot according to the Bortle Scale.

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