Top Cities To View the Solar Eclipse in 2024

Put it in your calendars: a total solar eclipse will be taking place on April 8th, 2024. The phenomenon is going to be visible all throughout North America. However, that doesn’t mean that the experience will be the same for every resident of the continent who looks out their window.

These are some of the places where not only will the eclipse be clearly visible, but you may be able to have a truly unique experience because of the location itself. Although the date is coming up pretty soon, there may still be time to book a quick trip!

Radar Base, Texas

A closeup of a RV vehicle.
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This is the last US town to the south where the eclipse will be clearly visible. If you want a more city-vibe, choose Kerrville or San Antonio. The reason why Radar Base kicks off this list is because there’s something truly special about witnessing an eclipse from the top of an RV with a tin foil hat on in a dusty desert town. Yes, that experience may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s one of the unique ways to be a part of the astrological event. The eclipse is expected to last 4 minutes 27 seconds here.

Sulphur Springs, Texas

The courthouse square, in Sulphur Springs, TX
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There’s a chance that this location won’t be as crowded as some of the others on the list. Many people have no clue that Sulphur Springs actually features a large state park with springs and trails that you can hike. How does watching the eclipse from a small row boat in a lake sound? That could be one of the most romantic ways to take in this experience, for sure! The eclipse is only going to last 4 minutes and 21 seconds here, but you can spare those 6 seconds and enjoy the romantic backdrop instead of the desert.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA skyline over Soliders' and Sailors' Monument at dusk.
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Indianapolis is one of the few prominent cities that’s directly in the path of the Eclipse. The other is Cleveland, Ohio. If you want to be able to see the eclipse from a rooftop bar in downtown Indy that could be a very interesting experience – especially for those people who live in the region and may not have to drive far to get there. The eclipse times become shorter the further up north that you go. That’s why both Indy and Cleveland are expected to see the eclipse last only 3 minutes and 50 seconds.

Niagara Falls Area

Horseshoe Fall, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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There’s no question that watching a solar eclipse from a boat in Niagara Falls could be one of the most incredible experiences anyone could ever have. It’ll likely be a perfect moment to be in complete awe of nature’s beauty. The eclipse is only set to be visible for about 3 minutes and a half here. While that’s much shorter than other places, it could be just the perfect length to sit in silence and take everything in. It may not be too late to book a room and a boat tour to live out this dream!

Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Mazatlán México, Sinaloa
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Mazatlan is essentially the beach city that’s going to get the best view of the eclipse. It’s a very vibrant place filled with bars, restaurants, and local music. What may surprise many people is that prices are much lower here than they are in other popular Mexican beach towns like Cancun or Los Cabos. A quick getaway to watch the eclipse from a private rooftop in Mazatlan or maybe even a catamaran out at sea is going to be much more affordable than most people expect. That’s the case even if you book at the last minute. However, there’s a good chance that hotels are going to fill up quickly! If you’re interested in this experience, it would be a good idea to act fast. The eclipse will be visible for 4 minutes and 18 seconds here.

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Aerial View of the popular Border Towns of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Coahuila at Sunset
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This final option is for those people who want to get a longer eclipse experience in a very affordable city that has all the amenities that you’re really going to need. There are other desert locations within Mexico and Texas where you may get a better view of the eclipse just because there are fewer city lights and things like that to contend with. Piedras Negras isn’t quite as party-centric as maybe Juarez. It’s still a large enough city where you can find a decent hotel and a good spot from where you can enjoy the eclipse! The event will last 4 minutes and 25 seconds here.

Of course, there are other big cities and towns from which to enjoy the eclipse. We mentioned Kerrville, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas. These three places are likely to be packed on April 8th. The reason why some of these places didn’t make the list is because they may not provide that “unique” experience that you will get in the spots that are mentioned here in depth. Whatever you decide to do, the solar eclipse is a must-see event!

Mario Perez

Author: Mario Perez


Mario is a seasoned journalist who’s worked with multiple publications over the years. He has a passion for looking for that story within the story itself. When he’s not actively looking for breaking news, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

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