Alta Badia lies at the north-eastern corner of the Sella Ronda, at the heart of the vast Dolomiti Superski area. The resort covers six villages, the biggest of which are Corvara, San Cassiano and La Villa. It has 130 km of its own runs, but makes a good base for exploring the Dolomiti Superski area.
Called To-tock-ah-noo-lah by the Southern Miwok and interpreted by members of the Mariposa Battalion as \"The Captain\", El Capitan is one of the most well known landmarks in Yosemite Valley. Rising up 3000 feet above valley floor, the massive granite monolith dominates the view from places like Tunnel View, 2 1/3 miles away. But to get an even more awe inspiring view of it - a stop at El Capitan Meadow should not be missed. From here, from less than a 1/4 mile away, the towering face stretching up overhead more than 2.5 times the height of the Empire State Building and spans the view from side-to-side. A highlight during the climbing season (typically late summer, fall and even into winter) is to stop by and spend a few minutes with Yosemite Climbing Rangers who set up a temporary station here to talk about climbing and climbing history in Yosemite. Their set up includes climbing gear, information boards (including maps showing the roughly 100 climbing routes up El Cap), and spotting telescopes that allow you to see climbers close up as they scale El Cap's shear face.
The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB is an excellent location for stargazing, with some of the darkest skies found above Caer Drewyn, an iron age fort sat on top of a hill overlooking the stunning valley of the Afon Dyfrdwy. Llanelian-yn-Rhos, a village south of Colwyn Bay, is a regular meeting place for the North Wales Astronomy Society They hold regular observing nights and lectures in the community centre and also have online events. Join their Facebook group to see events. 781b155fdc