5 Beautiful National Parks To View The 2024 Solar Eclipse

Passing through the countries of Mexico, the United States, and Canada, the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse amazing opportunities to view totality in its grandeur in beautiful natural settings! These settings vary from waterfalls to wooded areas in various countries that provide 3+ minutes of totality.

1. Niagara Falls

Niagra Falls

Arguably the most famous location on this list, Niagara Falls has activities in both the US and Canada as the Falls are located on the border between the two countries. There are wonderful areas on both sides of the border, which has 3 minutes at 31 seconds of totality. Niagara Falls is a class 7 on the Bortle Scale, which makes the area ideal for viewing the eclipse, but not much else with a telescope. However, the lack of celestial viewing of the stars is compensated by the sheer amount of activities in the surrounding cities. https://www.nps.gov/kaww/index.htm

ItemTime/Item
Address6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
TimezoneEDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
Duration2 hours, 27 minutes, 8 seconds
Duration of totality3 minutes, 31 seconds
Partial beginsApr 8, 2024 at 2:04:49 pm
Full beginsApr 8, 2024 at 3:18:17 pm
MaximumApr 8, 2024 at 3:20:02 pm
Full endsApr 8, 2024 at 3:21:48 pm
Partial endsApr 8, 2024 at 4:31:57 pm

2. Katahdin Woods and Waters

Katahdin Woods and Waters

Located in Maine and is a class 1 Bortle scale, Katahdin Woods and Waters is a national monument that spans 87,563 acres of land that was originally purchased by a co-founder of Burt’s Bees and their foundation. Located 85.5 miles or 90 minutes from Bangor, Maine, the National Monument offers a variety of outdoor activities include hiking, bird watching, hunting, and camping. With its location, Katahdin Woods and Waters is one of the best places to view the stars and the eclipse!

ItemTime/Item
AddressHauling Rd 1, Millinocket, ME 04462
TimezoneEDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
Duration2 hours, 27 minutes, 8 seconds
Duration of totality3 minutes, 31 seconds
Partial beginsApr 8, 2024 at 2:04:49 pm
Full beginsApr 8, 2024 at 3:18:17 pm
MaximumApr 8, 2024 at 3:20:02 pm
Full endsApr 8, 2024 at 3:21:48 pm
Partial endsApr 8, 2024 at 4:31:57 pm

3. Cuyahoga Valley

Located between Akron, OH and Cleveland Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a wonderful class 5 Bortle scale national park that highlights the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River. It is the only National Park in Ohio and Cuyahoga Valley also differs from the other national parks in America in that it is adjacent to two large urban areas and it includes a dense road network, small towns, four reservations of the Cleveland Metroparks, eleven parks of the Summit Metro Parks, and public and private attractions.

Brandywine Falls
ItemTime/Item
AddressVisitor Center At 6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264
TimezoneEDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
Duration2 hours, 29 minutes, 48 seconds
Duration of totality3 minutes, 25 seconds
Partial beginsApr 8, 2024 at 1:59:15 pm
Full beginsApr 8, 2024 at 3:13:57 pm
MaximumApr 8, 2024 at 3:15:39 pm
Full endsApr 8, 2024 at 3:17:22 pm
Partial endsApr 8, 2024 at 4:29:03 pm

4. Waco Mammoth National Monument

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Located right outside of the heart of Waco, Texas, the Waco Mammoth National Monument is a class 5 Bortle site that sits within 100 acres of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. Surrounded by oak, mesquite and cedar trees, the site offers an escape from the modern world and provides a glimpse into the lives and habitat of Columbian mammoths and other Ice Age animals. https://www.nps.gov/waco/learn/historyculture/index.htm With 4 minutes and 17 seconds of totality, this national park site has the greatest totality on this list.

ItemTime/Item
Address6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr, Waco, TX 76708
TimezoneCDT (Central Daylight Time)
Duration2 hours, 40 minutes, 11 seconds
Duration of totality4 minutes, 17 seconds
Partial beginsApr 8, 2024 at 12:20:32 pm
Full beginsApr 8, 2024 at 1:38:00 pm
MaximumApr 8, 2024 at 1:40:09
Full endsApr 8, 2024 at 1:42:17 pm
Partial endsApr 8, 2024 at 3:00:43 pm

5. Kouchibouguac National Park

Located entirely in Canada, Kouchibouguac National Park is a class 3 Bortle scale that has been declared a dark sky preserve, which means there is a commitment to protect and preserve the night sky by applying strict lighting guidelines to reduce light pollution. The guidelines are tailored to protect ecosystems, reduce energy consumption and maintain dark skies. The park is located 187 KM, or about 2 hours and 20 minute drive from Fredericton, NB, Canada. Other activities include biking, hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, and spending time at the beach. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nb/kouchibouguac/activ/activites-plein-air-outdoor-activities/ciel-sky

Kouchibouguac National Park

Fees

Adult: $7.90
Senior: $6.90
Youth: free
Family/group: $16.00

ItemTime/Item
AddressNational 186, NB-117, Kouchibouguac, NB E4X 1V2, Canada
TimezoneADT (Atlantic Daylight Time)
Duration2 hours, 16 minutes, 39 seconds
Duration of totality3 minutes, 15 seconds
Partial beginsApr 8, 2024 at 3:26:00 pm
Full beginsApr 8, 2024 at 4:34:51 pm
MaximumApr 8, 2024 at 4:36:29 pm
Full endsApr 8, 2024 at 4:38:06 p
Partial endsApr 8, 2024 at 5:42:39 pm

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