I have actually seen it that way with the naked eye- I was in Tanzania, Ngorongoro crater. It was stunning. And no, I didn't take any pics- big mistake. Went back second time and almost no stars-clouds and rain. Big mistake.
I love those shots with the Milky Way. I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself. Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.
(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).