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Travel South Planner 2017

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2 0 1 7 T R A V E L S O U T H T O U R P L A N N E R 34 "We're in one of the darkest places left on the East Coast," said David Martin, program offi cer at the Spruce Knob Mountain Cen- ter for the Arts. The event consistently sells out, with an average of 250 par- ticipants. Once they arrive, star- gazers can either fi nd a campsite at a nearby campground or take up residence in one of the center's dormitories. During the day, there are a variety of available activities to pass the time, such as caving, bird walks or guided hikes to the Spruce Knob Summit, which is the highest point in West Virginia. There are also astronomy-focused seminars in the center for those interested in stargazing tips or de- veloping technologies in the fi eld. When dusk fi nally sets in, cen- ter employees close the surround- Our doors are always open in Mississippi VISITNATCHEZ.ORG | 800.647.6724 Cour tesy Spr uce Knob Mountain Center WAITING FOR SUNSET STARGAZING AT THE SPRUCE KNOB MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS ing roads to prevent headlights from impairing the view, and groups be- gin setting up their telescopes. With so many different angles of the sky to appreciate, people often walk around and share alternative per- spectives with each other, making it a true community experience. WWW.AHSP.ORG @MPCollinsPhoto Thankful for last night's Blue Ridge Sunset #AppalachianTrail #ShenandoahNationalPark #loveva #travel Virginia Tourism Corporation Facebook: Virginia Is For Lovers Twitter: @visitvirginia Instagram: @visitvirginia MENTIONS V I R G I N I A

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