Top 21 Spots to Catch the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in All Its Glory

The total solar eclipse coming up on April 8, 2024, promises to be a showstopper for anyone lucky enough to catch it. Wondering where to catch the full display in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.? Here’s a detailed map of the top 21 spots to view the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Radar Base, Texas

  • Eclipse starts: 12:10:26 p.m. CDT

This uniquely named town, situated on the U.S.–Mexico border, promises an extended totality experience without the need to venture far from home for those in the southern United States.

Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

  • Eclipse starts: 9:51:28 a.m. MPDT

Nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Mazatlán offers a beautiful beachfront view of the eclipse. With its experience in hosting eclipse watchers during the 1991 total solar eclipse, expect this city to be a prime spot for both seasoned and first-time observers.

Nazas, Durango, Mexico

  • Eclipse starts: 11:58:24 a.m. MCDT

Nazas, a quaint town, finds itself near the heart of the eclipse’s path, promising one of the longest durations of totality. Its small size suggests a cozy, albeit crowded, viewing experience.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

  • Eclipse starts: 2:18:24 p.m. EDT

Fredericton offers an idyllic setting for eclipse enthusiasts in Canada. This picturesque capital, known for its cultural vibrancy and scenic riverfront, provides a serene backdrop for the solar spectacle. With a warm community atmosphere and excellent viewing spots, Fredericton is an ideal choice for those looking to experience the eclipse amidst natural beauty and historical charm.

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

  • Eclipse starts: 12:10:08 p.m. CDT

Right across the Texas border, Piedras Negras offers a mix of urban conveniences and stellar eclipse viewing. Its significant population means ample amenities for the influx of eclipse enthusiasts.

Hillsboro, Texas

  • Eclipse starts: 12:21:23 p.m. CDT

Hillsboro is conveniently located on the interstate, making it an easily accessible spot for those traveling from Dallas to catch the eclipse at its magnificent best.

Sulphur Springs, Texas

  • Eclipse starts: 12:25:38 p.m. CDT

With its open parks and lakes, Sulphur Springs provides a picturesque backdrop for the eclipse. It’s an ideal location for those looking to combine nature viewing with celestial events.

Kerrville, Texas

  • Eclipse starts: 12:14:43 p.m. CDT

Kerrville, lying within the heart of the eclipse path, combines small-town charm with a perfect celestial overhead show, making it a great spot for those seeking a mix of comfort and spectacle.

Lampasas, Texas

  • Eclipse starts: 12:18:03 p.m. CDT

A short drive from Austin, Lampasas offers a serene setting for eclipse viewing, positioned near the central line of the eclipse path for a lengthy totality.

Cleveland, Ohio

  • Eclipse starts: 1:59:20 p.m. EDT

With a mix of cultural attractions to enjoy before and after the eclipse, Cleveland is a fantastic spot for those looking to make a weekend of their celestial adventure.

Russellville, Arkansas

  • Eclipse starts: 12:33:08 p.m. CDT

Home to scenic Mount Nebo and with a decently sized population, Russellville is a prime spot for those in Arkansas looking to experience the eclipse with some elevation.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • Eclipse starts: 12:41:51 p.m. CDT

On the banks of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau is set for an impressive viewing, offering additional seconds of totality just a short drive away in Jackson.

Vincennes, Indiana

  • Eclipse starts: 1:46:59 p.m. EDT

Vincennes sits squarely on the eclipse’s center line, ensuring a memorable viewing experience in this historic town.

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Eclipse starts: 1:50:31 p.m. EDT

The capital city of Indiana will be a focal point for many, with its urban amenities and strategic position within the eclipse’s path.

Lima, Ohio

  • Eclipse starts: 1:54:51 p.m. EDT

Lima offers a blend of small-city charm and a strategic location for eclipse watchers, with a slightly longer totality available a short drive south.

Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

  • Eclipse starts: 2:16:35 p.m. EDT

For our neighbors to the north, Sherbrooke is a fantastic choice, offering a mix of urban convenience and natural landscapes. With a significant duration of totality, this location provides a peaceful yet profound eclipse viewing opportunity.

Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Eclipse starts: 2:02:23 p.m. EDT

Erie presents a unique opportunity to view the eclipse along the Great Lakes, offering a beautiful natural setting for this natural phenomenon.

Mars Hill, Maine

  • Eclipse starts: 2:22:20 p.m. EDT

Mars Hill is a quaint town with a name as intriguing as the celestial event itself. As one of the last locations in the U.S. to witness the eclipse, it offers a unique and intimate viewing experience. Its small-town charm adds to the allure, making it a memorable spot for the finale of this spectacular event.

Buffalo, New York

  • Eclipse starts: 2:04:54 p.m. EDT

As the largest city in New York on the eclipse’s path, Buffalo is perfectly poised for those seeking an urban setting with easy access and ample amenities. The city’s vibrancy will only be enhanced by the shared excitement of witnessing the eclipse.

Plattsburgh, New York

  • Eclipse starts: 2:14:02 p.m. EDT

Just a quick hop from Montreal, Plattsburgh brings an international vibe to watching the eclipse, with its great views and location near the Canadian border perfect for those aiming to soak up the longest darkness.

Niagara Falls, New York

  • Eclipse starts: 2:04:50 p.m. EDT

Imagine the Sun disappearing over one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders. Niagara Falls offers not just a prime eclipse viewing experience but a breathtaking backdrop that’s hard to beat, making those moments of totality absolutely unforgettable.

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