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The Perseid meteor shower will peak in the early hours Friday and Saturday, but don’t expect to easily see them from your backyard if you live in Southern California.

To really appreciate the celestial show, you want to get as far from the urban glow of lights as possible. For those who want to go a bit far afield — at least 130 miles from Los Angeles — Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Anza-Borrego desert parks are tops.

Fortunately, there are places within an hour’s drive of downtown L.A. that offer good viewing spots too, provided skies don’t cloud up.

— Drive to the Angeles National Forest north of L.A., where you can pull off at an overlook, set out your chair and look up. More serious stargazers can spend the night at campgrounds ($12 a night) such as Chilao, 26 miles north of La Cañada Flintridge on Highway 2, and Buckhorn, 10 miles north of Chilao. Both are drive-in sites.

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Click link below for article and videos:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-california-perseid-meteor-showers-20170809-story.html

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