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When I first heard about the total solar eclipse, I wasn’t that excited but as the date approaches, I’m beginning to change my tune. It’s been seven years since the last total solar eclipse and with April 8 around the corner, the countdown on. 

According to Expedia, cities along the path of totality are expecting a wave of travelers around April 8. Expedia reports massive year-over-year increases in hotel searches for some of the most popular destinations for eclipse chasers.

Cities seeing the biggest spikes are:

  • Burlington, Vermont (+1,155%)
  • Little Rock, Arkansas (+985%)
  • Dayton, Ohio (+705%)
  • Buffalo, New York (+645%)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (+545%)

And they’re not the only ones seeing huge spikes in interest. Delta Air Lines says that after their February 19 announcement that they would be offering the “first path-of-totality flight, searches for flights from AUS-DTW on Delta channels spiked by more than 1,500%.”

In fact, the first flight sold out so fast, they added another a week later, this time out of Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). “Delta flight 1010 will depart from DFW at 12:30 p.m. CT and arrive in Detroit together with the other path-of-totality flight (DL 1218 from AUS to DTW) at 4:20 p.m. ET.”

JSX airlines is also doing a flight but they’re giving away tickets in a sweepstakes. The flight will happen over Dallas at its peak totality from the skies on April 8, 2024. Submit your entry by March 14, 2024. Winners will be notified via email by March 15, 2024.

For those lucky enough to be on one of these flights, below is a video of what to expect, as shared by a passenger on an Alaska Airlines solar eclipse flight eight years ago.

YouTube video

Tourism boards all over the country are offering guides and maps of the best places to view the natural phenomenon. Be sure to get approved solar eclipse glasses so you can view it. 

I can’t compile all the state’s tourism links but here are some of the most popular:

Texas will be center stage for the total solar eclipse which will begin at 1:30 pm near Del Rio, TX and trace a line northeast across the entire state.

Pure Michigan is hosting “a fantastic family friendly environment, to experience the upcoming solar eclipse at the Lake Hudson Recreation Area Beach. Peak viewing times will be from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.”

Visit Indiana compiled a 2024 Solar Eclipse viewing and events map, featuring great locations to visit in Indiana. Their maps emphasize events and free viewing sites near metropolitan areas. It also includes scenic rural settings.

Ohio’s last visible total solar eclipse was over 200 years ago – in 1806! People within a 124-mile wide stretch of Ohio will experience the total solar eclipse. For those not in the path of totality, a partial eclipse will be viewable.

New York
Western New York will give visitors a front row seat as it cuts a 124-mile path across the Empire State. “From Chautauqua-Allegheny to the majestic Niagara Falls in Greater Niagara, over the pristine Finger Lakes, mighty Adirondacks, and magical Thousand Islands-Seaway.”

Vermont‘s tourism board has a map available that goes down to the second of where and when you can view it. They also provide a whole slew of etiquette tips like Plan for Lodging and Travel, Be Considerate of Others, Follow Guidelines, Respect Wildlife and Natural Areas and Dispose of Waste Properly.

Stretching from the southwest corner to the northeast tip of Arkansas visitors and residents will see the path.

Here’s a map created by NASA that shows the projected path and timeline.

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1 Comment On "The Total Solar Eclipse is Less Than ONE Month Away - Here's What You Need to Know"
  1. Rich|

    I live in the Cleveland area and all cities around us are offering special celebrations from 2-4 pm to view the eclipse. However, this being Cleveland, OH, we’re not sure what the weather will be so…

    I’ll be taking the afternoon off to enjoy this event with my DW.

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