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The year 2024 promises to be an exciting one for Americans (and their neighbors) stargazing, as a total solar eclipse will sweep across parts of North America.
Although eclipses occur once or twice a year, they are often partial and visible only from a few select locations around the world.
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 this rare event.
The Path of Totality (the main viewing locations) stretches across Mexico, the United States and Canada, starting in the Pacific Ocean and continuing northeast.
The eclipse, which will occur on April 8, 2024, will be visible in some major cities, as well as in unique and surprising places.
Here are some of the best places to view the 2024 total solar eclipse:
1. The Emerald Princess cruise ship
Emerald Princess passengers can actually watch the eclipse from the ocean off the coast of Mexico on a special cruise route.
The cruise line has changed one of its existing itineraries, departing from Los Angeles and continuing to Fort Lauderdale, to include the phenomenon.
Guests will be provided with goggles to view the eclipse safely and will be joined by an astronomy expert.
2. Mazatlan, Mexico
The charming coastal city of Mazatlan, Mexico is on the direct path to totality.
Known for its stunning beaches and delicious seafood, Mazatlán is a popular destination for a relaxing beach getaway.
Visitors can stroll the Malecon boardwalk or stay at one of the many resorts.
This could be a great option for those who want to combine an affordable beach vacation with an unforgettable eclipse-watching experience.
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Some of Texas’ most well-known cities are right along the lookout path.
San Antonio, Austin, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area are all incredible destinations for those looking to see from a larger city.
With many accommodation options, there may be more availability for those who wish to book later.
With San Antonio’s famous River Walk and Austin’s stunning nature, visitors can easily find a great vantage point, plus other fun activities to fill a long weekend (April 8e is on a Monday).
4. Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas is known for its natural beauty – it is the natural state, after all.
A cozy cabin nestled in the Ozark Mountains would be a perfect spot 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’s best to book one of these places as soon as possible.
Campsites have already been booked for the event, and small towns in the region 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-see destination for nature lovers and adventurers.
Offering stunning views of the falls along with opportunities for hiking, boating, and other outdoor activities, it’s no wonder it’s the most Instagrammed state park in the United States. United.
Combine that with a rare phenomenon like the total solar eclipse, and you have the ultimate viewing spot.
The area also offers a number of accommodation options, ranging from campsites to hotels to vacation rentals.
As the path moves northeast, it will barely pass Toronto, then pass through Montreal before passing 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 quaint island province known for its red-sand beaches and quaint fishing villages.
Each has its own unique look, allowing travelers to choose the experience that suits them best.
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