I've been living in Oregon for four years now and have come to love this place dearly. Finally, this week, my parents have come out for their first visit to Oregon. We all agreed a night under the stars was a must-happen kind of thing. We drove about 5 hours out into Central Oregon up to the Pine Mountain Observatory. I really didn't care to show them the view of the telescopes (they're difficult to see out of and somewhat old), but really just wanted to take them up the hill to see the stars and Milky Way as it should be seen with little light pollution and clear sky. The hilltop is about 6000ft and has a 360 degree view, the highest point back home in New Jersey is about 105ft, so *laughing* this was a special treat!
My mom was a little freaked about walking up in the dark, but we made it up. It was very windy, but low wall rock shelters make perfect windbreaks and spots to sit or lie down and look at the stars.