20 Great Places to View the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Mexico and the U.S.

The total solar eclipse set to occur April 8, 2024, will dazzle everyone who views it. However, potential observers might have some questions.

Where exactly in Mexico and the U.S. will totality be visible? That's easy to answer with a detailed map, such as the one below. But which locations are the best spots to view the event? That answer is less straightforward.

You'll surely want to set up shop near the center line of the eclipse, where totality will last the longest. But what else makes for a good viewing site for a total solar eclipse? Here are 20 great locations you should consider for the 2024 Great North American Eclipse, starting in Mexico and working to the Northeast U.S.

I'll also offer one other suggestion when choosing a site: Carefully consider the population. All things being equal, a town of 10,000 is much more likely to have event-related problems than a city of 75,000. Traffic will be one of the primary issues; small communities with one main road may suffer hours of gridlock. If you opt to travel to such a location, get there early -- perhaps even a day or two ahead of the eclipse. (Remember: April 8, 2024, is a Monday, and most people will be free the entire weekend beforehand.)

Drive safe and don't forget your eclipse glasses. I wish you all clear skies!

The path of the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse begins in the United States in Texas and ends in Maine.

  1. Mazatlán, Sinaloa, MexicoThe Moon