When and Where is the Next Total Solar Eclipse in the USA?

Written by on August 21, 2017 in Travel News

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The 2017 total solar eclipse is barely finished and people are already buzzing about a sequel! So when and where is the next total solar eclipse in the United States?

Maybe you experienced the magic of the 2017 total solar eclipse in person from on the ground or in the sky. Or, perhaps, you were someplace where the eclipse was underwhelming and barely noticeable. (Passing clouds have a more dramatic effect than the moon did where I live in Southern California.)

A view of the 2017 total solar eclipse, as seen from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA on August 21, 2017. The next total solar eclipse in the USA will take place April 8, 2024.

The 2017 total solar eclipse nears it peak in Los Angeles. Can’t you tell?

Want to relieve the excitement? Or experience an eclipse for the first time? Take heart: another is coming and you won’t have to wait for a million, zillion years.

The next total solar eclipse in the United States takes place Monday, April 8, 2024.

Cities From Which to Watch the Next USA Total Solar Eclipse

A number of major cities fall in the path of the 2024 total solar eclipse. Eric Vilas-Bolas at Thrillist tells us some of them are:

  • Austin, Texas (AUS)
  • Dallas, Texas (DAL and DFW)
  • Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Toledo, Ohio (TOL)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (CLE and BKL)
  • Akron, Ohio (CAK)
  • Buffalo, New York (BUF)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • Montpelier, Vermont (MPV)

Looking for an excuse to visit Canada? Montreal will experience the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Check out AccuWeather’s map of the 2024 total eclipse path.

2024 Eclipse RETURNS to Three of 2017’s Locations!

How’s this for lucky? AccuWeather’s Brian Lada notes that Carbondale, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and Paducah, Kentucky enjoyed the 2017 total solar eclipse — and receive an encore performance in 2024! All three are in the eclipse’s path again!

Time to Plan Now?

Sure, seven years is a long time away. (Though keep an eye on solar eclipse glasses prices before they get too expensive!) That gives you plenty of time to earn miles and points to pay for a trip to a 2024 eclipse city. (And ask time off from work!) Remember that most airlines require some activity to keep your points/miles active, so sign up for their dining program or use the airline’s shopping portal at least once a year.

Flights will likely be expensive — especially given the 2017 eclipse’s popularity — and award seats limited, so plan accordingly. I love Delta‘s Pay-With-Miles feature available to its Delta American Express cardholders. It’s a great way to save money and not have to worry about award seat availability. (I hope that feature is still available in 2024!)

Also keep in mind that some hotels charged huge prices and a few even canceled some folks’ existing reservations. Hopefully, that kind of behavior can be remedied before the next eclipse. Plan accordingly, get everything in writing, and secure yourself elite status with a hotel chain. Why? Hotels probably won’t cancel elite members’ reservations before non status holders. (A number of credit cards — IHG Rewards Club MasterCard, Hilton’s Amex cards, the Hyatt credit card, Chase’s Marriott credit card, and the American Express Platinum cards are a few examples of cards that come with complimentary hotel status.

Plus, you also have plenty of time to get that “Total Eclipse of the Heart” song out of your head.

The 2024 eclipse falls just short of my daughter’s seventh birthday. I can’t wait to bring her somewhere so she can experience it firsthand! (I suggested Dallas or Austin today. She smiled so big that she burped up her bottle. I think we’re going to Texas!)

Can’t Wait Until 2024?

Total solar eclipses occur every few years. If you’re really looking to travel, several take place in the Southern Hemisphere between now and the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Where Will You Watch the 2024 Eclipse?

Heck, there’s no guarantee Earth will exist in 2024 but let’s hope it is. Do any of the above mentioned cities pique your interest? What your experience from this year’s eclipse? Share your ideas, tips, and thoughts below!

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About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .

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  1. laptoptravel says:

    I think we’re going to Texas!

    Priceless!

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