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13 of the best places to see the 2024 great American eclipse

Simon Calder’s Travel

The USA is hardly short on attractions, with the thousands of reasons to visit ranging from beautiful coastlines and incredible national parks to fascinating cities and historic towns.

Whether you prefer theme parks, sports matches, museums or road trips, the USA has you covered. But in 2024, a more unique attraction will briefly come to the US – the great American eclipse.

This natural phenomenon – when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, and completely covers the latter – is happening on 8 April, and will not happen again over the USA until 2044, making this a particularly rare event.

It will be visible in several locations across the USA, from some of the country’s largest cities, like Dallas and Cleveland, to beautiful natural parks, tiny northern towns and amazing natural sites like Niagara Falls.

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of the best locations to travel to if you want to see the phenomenon this April.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas is the ninth largest city in the USA

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Dallas is one of several larger cities on the list, where eclipse-hunters will have plenty to do either side of the rare event. Those who appreciate art in all its forms will be in luck, with highlights including the Dallas Museum of Art, the attached AT&T Performing Arts Center, and The Crow Collection of Asian Art. History-lovers will appreciate the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, which chronicles the life and assassination of John F. Kennedy, but for something more light-hearted, the AT&T Discovery District is the place to head for drinking and dining.

A great place to watch the eclipse would be Texas’s Dinosaur Valley State Park, where 20 miles of trails can be explored before or after when the eclipse takes place between 12.23pm and 3.02pm.

Where to stay

The SpringHill Suites by Marriott offers decent last-minute value for staying in downtown Dallas, with a convenient location and spacious modern suites.