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Palomar Observatory

35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

You won’t be able to peer through their five giant telescopes, but visit Palomar Observatory any day (except December 24 and 25) from 9am-3pm (9am-4pm during Daylight Savings Time) and check out the imposing 200-inch Hale Telescope. You’re already at 6000 feet — more than a mile — above sea level here, and it’s the next best thing to magnified viewing; skies can be as clear as you have never seen them. So make a night of it. You could also book into the mountain’s other marvel, the 1888 Bailey House (33650 Bailey Meadow Road, 760-742-1859), 15 minutes from the telescope. You’ll pay from $125 for a cottage (for up to four people), less at the campground. Shower, eat, and put on your woolies, then head out into the 60-acre nature preserve and catch those spectacular stars with your naked eye.

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Hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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