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The 12 Largest U.S. Cities In The Path of The Total Eclipse

picture of a total solar eclipse in a dark blue sky.

If you have been wondering what major U.S. cities will be in the path of totality during the 2024 solar eclipse, you’ve come to the right place.

After researching and comparing all the cities directly in the path of totality provided by NASA with the most recent U.S. Government census data, I formulated a list of the 12 largest cities (by population,) within the 13 states that will experience the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse. I also provide the average historical temperature and weather data collected at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Major cities can offer a variety of accommodations and activities for the curious traveler requiring a buffet of selections. Each of these cities will be sponsoring memorable celebrations and festivities to make the most of their total eclipse event. Whichever type of location you prefer, it will be our last chance to experience a total solar eclipse here in the contiguous U.S. until the year 2044. So hopefully you won’t miss it. Twenty years is a long wait!

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Total Solar Eclipse Countdown
April 8, 2024

1. - Dallas, Texas

Population: 1,304,379
Avg. April Temp: 65.6 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 60% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 1:40:43 p.m
Totality Ends approx. 1:44:35 p.m

Duration of Totality:
3 minutes, 52 seconds

A city view of the Dallas, TX skyline.

Not only does Dallas have the longest duration of totality of the largest U.S. cities in the path of the total eclipse, but it also offers a unique blend of experiences to meet a broad spectrum of interests.

History buffs can walk in locations of historical significance, such as Dealey Plaza, or learn more about our 41st president by visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Nature enthusiasts will find picturesque parks and outdoor spots perfect for fresh air pursuits, or head inside to the Dallas World Aquarium to experience fish and wildlife from the world's various micro-climates. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a fascinating place and will most definitely be celebrating the 2024 total eclipse with its own special event.

Each of Dallas's neighborhoods is a distinct area offering a taste of the city's multifaceted character, from trendy eateries serving up local dishes to vibrant nightspots ensuring evenings in the city are anything but dull.

To make the most of your visit, be sure to explore the local tours and adventures available during the days before and after the eclipse, making your solar eclipse experience in Dallas both unforgettable and uniquely tailored to your passions. See our links below to explore more.

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2. - Austin, Texas

Population: 961,885
Avg. April Temp: 67.2 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 59% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 1:36:09 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 1:37:55 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
1 minute, 46 seconds

A view of the Austin city skyline at dusk with the capital building in view at the end of the street.

Austin, known as a music and entertainment town, sits in the hill country of Texas and is the state's capital. If you decide to make this your "ground zero" for the 2024 total eclipse, you won't lack for things to do.

LBJ, some would say one of the most effective legislators of the U.S. presidents, has his presidential library in Austin. The LBJ library, paired with the State History Museum, are excellent stops for any history connoisseur.

Art and music are sprinkled all throughout the city. Whether it's one of Austin's famous murals, an exhibition at The Contemporary Austin Art Center, catching the ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, or listening to songwriters at The Saxon Pub, you can go in any direction and find something to make this experience even more memorable.

Once the thirst for knowledge and culture has been quenched, it's time to seek out the vast culinary flavors found in every one of Austin's neighborhoods. Of course, be sure to try the Texas B-BQ with one of the many locally brewed beverages.

I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and events offered in Austin during the eclipse. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become full during this period.

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3. - Ft. Worth, Texas

Population: 918,915
Avg. April Temp: 65.8 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 49% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 1:40:27 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 1:43:01 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
2 minutes, 34 seconds

A city view of the Fort Worth, TX skyline.

Many of the big Texas cities are lined up for a great view of the 2024 total eclipse path. Fort Worth, near Dallas, comes in at number three of the largest U.S. cities to experience totality.

To get a feel for the heart of Texas, head over to the historic stockyards where the Old West meets today's modern city. This living testament to cowboy culture will transport you back to the days of cattle drives and saloons, with its brick walkways and wooden corrals resonating tales of yesteryears.

After dusting off the boots, turn to the wild by visiting the Fort Worth Zoo, home to an array of exotic animals and interactive exhibits that promise fun for all ages.

If you're looking for a quiet afternoon, Ft. Worth's Botanic Gardens serves up tranquil scenes with beautifully curated landscapes, from the serene Japanese Garden to its colorful vibrant rose gardens.

The Kimbrell Art Museum is another "must-see" if you're interested in artworks spanning centuries and continents. Their collection of works is very impressive.

I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and events offered in Fort Worth during the eclipse. Plan your trip today as hotels will become full during this period.

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4. - Indianapolis, Indiana

Population: 887,642
Avg. April Temp: 53.6 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 60% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:06:05 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:09:55 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
3 minutes, 50 seconds

A city view of the Indianapolis, IN skyline.

Indianapolis, located in the heartland of America, is fortunate to have one of the best spots for duration of totality on this list, just shy of Dallas by a couple of seconds. At close to four minutes, you will have lots of time to take in the view and experience the effects on the surroundings brought on by the eclipse.

The city is also a major player in offering visitors diverse options for entertainment and activities. You will find most categories of interest covered.

Our 23rd U.S. President, Benjamin Harrison's home, a beautifully preserved Victorian-era residence, offers an intimate glimpse into his life and a snapshot of a bygone era.

What better place to celebrate the world of racing than the home to the iconic Indianapolis 500. The Motor Speedway Museum recounts stories of speed and endurance and showcases a mesmerizing collection of cars and memorabilia.

Slow down the pace with the Canal Walk, a waterfront promenade great for fresh air, paddle boating, or just taking in the beautiful city skyline. In the evening, choose from the multitude of restaurants, nightclubs, and bars for music, dining experiences, and drinks.

The world-class Indianapolis Orchestra may also be a great endnote to one of your solar eclipse event-filled days.

For other ideas, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and events offered in Indianapolis during the eclipse. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become full during this period.

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5. - Arlington, Texas

Population: 394,266
Avg. April Temp: 65.9 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 54% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 1:40:23 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 1:43:45 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
3 minutes, 22 seconds

A city view of the Arlington, Texas skyline.

Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is the hometown of both the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. The teams play in a cutting-edge facility constructed in the big Texas state style, which currently holds the accolade as the world's biggest domed arena.
Apart from sports, Arlington offers a variety of other activities, including the first-ever Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and the entertainment complex Texas Live. There is also one of the largest planetariums in Texas, the UTA Planetarium at the University of Texas campus. Be sure to check out all the celestial wonders projected on their 60-foot dome.

Visitors can also explore shopping options, golf courses, and a bustling nightlife. The city is rich in cultural experiences, featuring live music, symphony orchestras, museums, and theater productions.

You can be sure there will be many eclipse parties and events throughout the area. I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and events offered during the eclipse. Begin planning your trip as hotels will become full during this period.

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6. - Cleveland, Ohio

Population: 372,624
Avg. April Temp: 50.4 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 60% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:13:45 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:17:35 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
3 minutes, 50 seconds

A city view of the Cleveland, Ohio skyline.

Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is another city that will grant you a nice long look at the totality of the 2024 eclipse coming in at just under four minutes.

You will find lots to do if you make Cleveland home base during the eclipse. Options include kicking off the tour at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or catching an early season Home game at Progressive Field as the Guardians take on the Chicago White Sox. Even on the day of the eclipse. Pretty cool! They have games on the 8th, 9th and 10th.

Their museum of art is world-class, and the zoo will not disappoint with educational tours and animals from all over our beautiful planet placed within ten different themed areas.

Parks, restaurants, markets, and all the expected attractions of a larger city can be found in Cleveland. Even the house seen in "A Christmas Story" is here!

For other upcoming events, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours offered in Cleveland during the eclipse. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become full during this period.

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7. - Buffalo, New York

Population: 278,349
Avg. April Temp: 45.6 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 64% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:18:20 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:22:06 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
3 minutes, 46 seconds

A city view of the Buffalo, New York skyline.

Buffalo's scenery, located in the wilds of upstate NY, has always been an attraction for people who like to feel near nature. Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, the city is quite close to the beautiful Niagra Falls. At only a 30-minute drive, it too, should be included in a Buffalo solar eclipse visit.

Buffalo has been emerging as a center for culture, art, and entertainment. Boasting more than 400 independently owned restaurants, you are assured to have a variety of dining choices to ponder during your stay for the 2024 eclipse.

Interesting spots to visit include the National Historic Inaugural site for Theodore Roosevelt and the architectural marvel of Frank Loyd Wright's Darwin Martin House Complex.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery showcases many wonderful exhibits of contemporary pieces sure to pique the interest of art enthusiasts.
The Erie Canal & Naval Park is also an interesting site to experience decommissioned naval ships or WWII submarines like "The Croaker".

For other upcoming events during the eclipse, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours offered in the Buffalo area. Don't put off planning your trip as hotels will become full during this period.

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8. - Toledo, Ohio

Population: 270,871
Avg. April Temp: 50.9 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 64% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:12:23 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:14:10 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
1 minute, 47 seconds

A city view of the Toledo, Ohio skyline.

Toledo, another Lake Erie City on our list of the largest U.S. cities in the path of totality, brings its own unique culture, chapter in history, and culinary tastes.

A definite stop to add to your list if in Toledo during the eclipse should be the Great Lakes Museum. You'll find access to historic ships of the Great Lakes and learn past tales of maritime history, offering insights into the region's pivotal role in America's nautical story.

Toledo's Zoo takes it to the next level with concerts, gardens, adventure courses, concessions, and even an aquarium. Designed for all age groups, you could spend some serious time here.

Art enthusiasts will find their muse at the Toledo Museum of Art, a treasure trove showcasing masterpieces spanning millennia and continents.

With so many attractions, dining, and brewery options for some traveler's tastes, Toledo will make a great city of choice for experiencing the 2024 eclipse.

For more events during the eclipse, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and adventures offered in the Toledo area. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become difficult to find as we get closer to the eclipse.

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9. - Rochester, New York

Population: 211,328
Avg. April Temp: 46.8 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 63% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:20:08 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:23:47 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
3 minutes, 39 seconds

A city view of the Rochester, New York skyline.

Rochester is another city aligned to bring you a satisfying view of totality during the 2024 total eclipse at well over three and a half minutes. Sitting on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, Rochester mixes nature with big portions of science, art, history, and entertainment, creating a fulfilling experience.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center has lots to see, including a spectacular planetarium to explore the night skies or a journey for a close-up view of a black hole. They are getting ready for the coming eclipse and will have events planned along with the rest of the city.

Susan B. Anthony, a historical figure responsible for taking a significant role in crucial U.S. reforms like suffrage and abolition, made her home in Rochester. Her house is now a museum open to the public. It's an excellent opportunity to learn more about the times and her amazing contribution to the life we experience now in this day and age. Another interesting house, now a museum, is the home of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak. A name once often brought to mind with the subject of photography.

Rochester has a wonderful theatre to take in a show, or stop by the Seneca Park Zoo to help save the elephants at a happy hour event called the "ZooBrew." Have a cold beverage and feel good about it. They have animals from all over the world.

Check out other events during the eclipse, provided in the links below, to stay up to date on all the tours and adventures offered in the Rochester area. Plan your trip today, as hotels will become full during this period.

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10. - Little Rock, Arkansas

Population: 202,591
Avg. April Temp: 61.7 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 57% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 1:51:36 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 1:54:05 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
2 minutes, 29 seconds

A city view of the Little Rock, Arkansas skyline.

Little Rock, famously put in the spotlight from years past in association with the Clinton family, will be trending once again for the upcoming 2024 Total Eclipse. Sitting on the banks of the Arkansas River, Little Rock is set in the front row to experience the totality of the eclipse.

It's an excellent opportunity to experience a blend of southern charm in a major modern city. The famous River Market is perfect for browsing artisanal crafts while exploring this part of the city's sites or walking the River Trail.

If you make this city your destination, the Zoo is always an interesting place to explore. It has incredible animal exhibits, with the Great Ape (western lowland gorilla) exhibit one of the most popular. If you're looking for outdoor hiking, Pinnacle Mountain State Park is nearby and provides fantastic views.

You will find many museums, parks, a gallery, and the Clinton Presidential Library, among other interests. When finished for the day or taking a break from browsing, stop in any of the Restaurants and bars to find crafted cocktails with southern flare and regional-themed dining.

For more events during the eclipse, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and adventures offered in the Little Rock area. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become full during this period.

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11. - Akron, Ohio

Population: 190,469
Avg. April Temp: 51.1 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 64% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:14:13 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:17:02 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
2 minutes, 49 seconds

A city view of the Akron, Ohio skyline.

Sitting south of the Cleveland area, Akron provides an additional Ohio option with its blend of intellectual curiosity and artistic flair, promising a solar eclipse experience that's enriching as it is entertaining.

Lock3, a unique epicenter of entertainment, scientific wonder, and interactive engagement, delivers an experience for both the young and young-at-heart. It is sure to be a destination for Akron's eclipse celebrations.

As you would expect of a larger city, Akron's diverse array of bars and restaurants unfolds a tapestry of flavors. Whether indulging in traditional Ohioan delicacies or sipping on handcrafted cocktails, each establishment tells a tale of Akron's rich culinary landscape.

While visiting, there are plenty of options to consider, such as the local theatre "The Civic", the Akron Zoo with more than 1000 animals from all parts of the globe, and a list of museums and parks abound.

For many upcoming events, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours offered in Akron during the eclipse. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become full during this period.

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12. - Syracuse, New York

Population: 148,620
Avg. April Temp: 46.3 (˚F)
On April 8, Avg. Cloudy 62% since 2020
Totality Begins approx. 3:23:03 p.m.
Totality Ends approx. 3:24:30 p.m.

Duration of Totality:
1 minutes, 27 seconds

A city view of the Syracuse, New York skyline.

Syracuse is nature's scenic city basking upon the shore of Onondaga Lake. Its close proximity to Lake Ontario and the picturesque Finger Lakes region makes it a destination for many East Coast city travelers in the summer months.

If you travel to Syracuse for the 2024 total eclipse, you can expect big-city amenities with small-town greetings. Treat your eyes to the late 19th and early 20th-century architecture while exploring the homes and buildings of this great city.

Experience the opulence and artistry at the Landmark Theatre, or take in the landscapes on an outdoor walk through Webster Pond Park or the E.M Mills Rose Garden.

You will have your choice of restaurants, bars, museums, and markets to make the solar eclipse a time remembered.

For more events during the eclipse, I've provided links below to stay up to date on all the tours and adventures offered in the Syracuse area. Plan your trip soon as hotels will become full during this period.

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Written by Darin Anthony

Astronomy has peaked my curiosity and imagination from an early age. I am always thrilled to read about the latest galactic discovery or planning my next celestial observation. More about me [..]

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