The 2017 United States solar eclipse has come and gone. Millions of Americans from all over the United States watched the solar eclipse pass over the United States. Even more, people watched it live on TV or over the internet or some who watched it on TV and then watched it live. I was lucky enough to be in Tennessee for work (deliberately planned that way). I got to experience 2 minutes and 10 seconds of totality with my parents.We enjoyed watching the world around us slowly darken. Suddenly, the world around me went dark for 2 minutes and 10 seconds. With the excitement of the 2017 eclipse dying down, it’s time to start planning for the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse.
Here are my top 10 places to watch the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse
Puente de Ojuela, Durango, Mexico
4 minutes, 24 seconds
Puente de Ojuela is a 900 ft. supenstion bridge that connects the Ojuela Mine with the town of Ojuela. The suspension bridge was built in 1898 by the same architect who designed the Brooklyn Bridge. Don’t worry it was restored in 1991. The surrounding mountains provide an excellent backdrop to watch the sunrise and sunsets of a solar eclipse.
Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas
4 minutes, 24 seconds
Hike along the shores of Inks Lake in Inks Lake State Park. Inks Lake is a short drive from Austin, Texas. It has 9 miles of hiking trails around the lake and into the rolling Texas hills as well as numerous rocky outcroppings that would make a perfect seat to view the 2024 North American Solar Eclipse.
Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania
3 minutes, 45 seconds
Presque Isle State Park is a small sandy peninsula that sticks out into Lake Erie. Presque Isle has 13 sandy beaches as well as 21 miles of hiking and walking trails along the peninsula. The peninsula has 3 different lighthouses spread out along it. Anyone of the 13 sandy beaches would be a great place to do an early season beach day (polar bear plunge, anyone?) while watching a solar eclipse.
Hot Springs National Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
3 minutes, 40 seconds
Just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas is Hot Springs National Park. Hot Springs is a historic town. Hot Springs gets its name from the numerous hot springs around the area. In the 1800’s, numerous bathhouses were built to take advantage of the hot springs. The historic bathhouse row would be a historic site to watch a historic 2024 solar eclipse.
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
3 minutes, 32 seconds
Make an international trip out of it. I would drive or fly up to Buffalo, New York and drive up to Niagra Falls. I would watch the eclipse from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. One can watch the water flow over Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. These three massive waterfalls form Niagra Falls and the overlooks provide a great viewpoint of the falls and clear sight lines all around.
Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland, Canada
2 minutes, 52 seconds
On the eastern shores of Newfoundland, is a small national park. Terra Nova National Park is one of the last places on dry land to watch the 2024 solar eclipse. There are 63 miles of hiking trails to explore in search of the perfect place to watch the eclipse. Another unique option would be to go kayaking along the 125 miles of shorelines, rivers, and ponds during the eclipse. I would love to do some sea kayaking during the eclipse to see I can feel the tides change during the eclipse.
Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine
3 minutes, 24 seconds
Mount Katahdin is referred to as “The Greatest Mountains” by the local Penobscot Indians. Mt. Katahdin is most famous for being the endpoint for the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. The mountain is 5,267 ft high and is the tallest mountain in Maine and the second-highest mountain in New England. There are several routes up Mt. Katahdin. They range from short and steep to long and just a little less steep. The extra elevation will allow some amazing views as the moon blocks out the sunlight.
Isla Socorro, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
3 minutes, 20 seconds
Isla Socorro is one of the first pieces of land to experience the 2024 solar eclipse. This small Pacific island is only 51 sq mi and is 370 miles west of mainland Mexico. Isla Socorro is part of the Revillagigedo Islands chain. This small volcanic island is covered by furrows, lava domes, lava flows and cinder cones. The island is home to about 50 people so if you are looking for a place to watch the solar eclipse without crowds then Isla Socorro would be perfect.
Shawnee National Forest, Shawnee Hills, Illinois
3 minutes, 17 seconds
‘X’ marks the spot. Shawnee National Forest is in a unique position. On August 21, 2017, Solar Eclipse, Shawnee National Forest had 2 minutes, 24 seconds of totality. On April 8, 2024, Shawnee will have 3 minutes, 17 seconds. If you had planned ahead, you could have watched both historic eclipses from the exact same point. I would have loved to hike the miles of trails in the forest and found the perfect spot to watch both eclipses. Alas, few people didn’t think of this sooner so you will have to settle for just seeing one of the two here.
Mount Mansfield State Forest, Underhill, Vermont
2 minutes, 50 seconds
Mount Mansfield State Forest is home to four state parks. These parks are Little River State Park, Smugglers’ Notch State Park, Underhill State Park and Waterbury Center State Park. The forest is home to Mount Mansfield, which at 4,393-feet peak is the highest peak in Vermont. There are numerous hiking trails and places to find some solitude to watch the solar eclipse.