The year 2024 promises to be an exciting one for star-gazing Americans (and neighbors) as a total solar eclipse will sweep across parts of North America.
Although eclipses do happen once or twice a year, they are often partial and only visible from a select few places across the globe.
Next year’s eclipse will be the last total solar eclipse visible from North America until 2044, and people are already planning their trips to witness the rare event.
The path of totality (the prime viewing locations) spreads across Mexico, the United States, and Canada, starting in the Pacific Ocean and continuing to the northeast.
The eclipse, which will occur on April 8, 2024, will be visible in some major cities, as well as some unique and surprising locations.
Here are some of the best places to see the 2024 total solar eclipse:
1. The Emerald Princess Cruise Ship
Passengers of the Emerald Princess can actually watch the eclipse from the ocean off the coast of Mexico on a special cruise route.
The cruise line has altered one of its existing itineraries, departing Los Angeles and continuing to Fort Lauderdale, to include the phenomenon.
Guests will be given glasses to safely watch the eclipse and be joined by an astronomy expert.
2. Mazatlan, Mexico
The charming coastal city of Mazatlan, Mexico happens to be in the direct path of totality.
Known for its stunning beaches and delicious seafood, Mazatlan is a popular destination for a relaxed beach getaway.
Visitors can take a stroll on the Malecon boardwalk or stay in one of the many resorts.
This could be a great option for those wanting to combine an affordable beach vacation with an unforgettable eclipse viewing experience.
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Some of Texas’s most well-known cities lie just on the edge of the viewing path.
San Antonio, Austin, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area are all amazing destinations for those who would like to view from a larger city.
With many options for accommodation, there may be more availability for those who want to book later.
With San Antonio’s famous River Walk and Austin’s stunning nature, visitors can easily find an ideal viewing point, as well as some other fun activities to fill a long weekend (April 8th lies on a Monday).
4. Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas is known for its natural beauty – it is the Natural State, after all.
A cozy cabin tucked away in the Ozark Mountains would be a perfect place for a peaceful getaway, as would one of the many campsites located throughout.
The quaint and charming towns of Hot Springs and Eureka Springs are also great options, although it would be best to book any of these locations as soon as possible.
Campsites are already being booked for the event, and small towns in the area are currently looking for ways to accommodate the influx of people.
5. Niagara Falls State Park
With its incredible natural beauty and rich history, Niagara Falls State Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.
Offering breathtaking views of the falls as well as opportunities for hiking, boating, and other outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that it is the most Instagrammed state park in the U.S.
Combine that with a rare phenomenon such as the total solar eclipse, and you’ve got the ultimate viewing location.
The area also offers a number of accommodation options, ranging from campsites to hotels to vacation rentals.
As the path moves to the northeast, it will just barely pass Toronto, then cross Montreal before moving over Prince Edward Island.
These distinct locations offer their own unique characteristics. Montreal is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, captivating visitors with its charm and energy.
Prince Edward Island, on the other hand, is a picturesque island province known for its red-sand beaches and quaint fishing villages.
Each has its own allure, allowing travelers to choose the experience that suits them best.
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