On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Probably one of the best places to see a total solar eclipse is from a campsite. Campgrounds are expected to sell out well in advance so now is the time to think about reserving a site. Use Campsite Assist and get availability alerts when a campsite becomes available.
The 2024 total solar eclipse is going to put on quite a show! At its peak it will last 4 minutes and 27 seconds, almost double that of the total solar eclipse on August 31, 2017. Roughly 20 million people from Oregon to South Carolina witnessed the 2017 total solar eclipse and many more are also expected to watch the one on April 8, 2024.
These are the stages of a total solar eclipse. The partial phases last about an hour and 20 minutes, with the full eclipse lasting about 4 ½ minutes.
A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.
In the US, totality will begin in Texas at 1:27 pm CDT and will end in Maine at 3:35 pm EDT on April 8, 2024. This map shows the path for the total solar eclipse through the United States.
These campgrounds are located (more or less) within the path of totality and will offer excellent viewing opportunities. Click on a campground to see photos of each campsite, set up an availability alert, make a reservation and get other info.
Remember to use only ISO-certified-safe solar eclipse glasses and viewers. Keep them on while the Sun is not yet fully eclipsed. You can remove them once the sky suddenly turns dark and the solar corona appears. Put them back on again (or don’t look at the sun) once the partial eclipse starts again.
Warning: The marketplace was flooded with counterfeit eclipse glasses (labeled as ISO-compliant) to watch the total solar eclipse in 2017. Make sure you get your eclipse viewers from a reputable/approved supplier.
And if you can’t make the total solar eclipse campout next year, you’ll have to wait this year the until August 23, 2044. Best campground list for 2044 TBD.
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