They have made it possible for kids like Jonathan Tomshine to produce websites like Dark Sky Finder, which tell you what the light pollution is like in the area you want to see some starts, comets, meteor showers, planets,
It's pretty cool AND simple. Just use it like you would Google Maps, moving the toggles to the place you want to watch the stars. I have made a place marker for the POSSE meeting location on the UT campus.
Enjoy your star watching!
Cheers - M