Millions of people are currently making plans to watch the rare Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. This event, which will last up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds, will see the 200-mile path of totality enter the United States in Texas from Mexico, traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. One way to experience this dramatic celestial event is by renting a Class A luxury motorcoach so you and your family or friends can travel comfortably to one of the destinations in the path of totality.
Our LiTRV team can assist you in assessing your rental options, planning your itinerary, and arranging for a professional driver so you can relax in the plush confines of your “hotel suite on wheels.” You will have all the comforts of home, including the convenience of an expansive kitchen, comfortable beds, multiple bathrooms, washer and dryer, and even a dishwasher.
What is a Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby obscuring the view of the Sun from a small part of the Earth, totally or partially. Unlike an Annular Solar Eclipse, which results in a “ring of fire” in the sky, a Total Solar Eclipse darkens the daytime sky. In places along the path of totality, observers will be able to view the sun’s corona – the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere. The corona is usually hidden by the bright light of the Sun’s surface. During a Total Solar Eclipse, nocturnal animals sometimes wake up confused, thinking night has arrived.
While more than 30 million people live in the path of totality, millions more are expected to travel to destinations in the path to experience this rare phenomenon. The last Total Solar Eclipse visible in the United States occurred in August 2017 – prior to that, it had been close to 100 years since the total eclipse passed over the entire continent. Those who miss the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 will need to wait until August 23, 2044, to experience this awe-inspiring cosmic event.
Use Your Luxury Motorcoach to the Best Viewing Vantage Points
There are plenty of options for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse. For example:
In Texas, the Total Solar Eclipse will enter, crossing over the Panhandle Plains and the Permian Basin, then making its way down to the Gulf Coast. In the Hill Country, observers will witness it as far north as Fredericksburg, as far south as Uvalde, to the west in Rocksprings, and New Braunfels in the east. Additionally, 31 state parks in Texas lie in the path of totality. Our LiTRV team can assist you in locating a nearby luxury RV resort so that you can be among the first to witness the full total eclipse around 1:40 p.m. local time.
In Arkansas, LiTRV co-owner Mike Bloomquist will travel to witness the event near the small town of Big Flat. “We are planning a family reunion to coincide with this rare event and have arranged to make our LiTRV base camp at a local craft brewery called Gravity Brew Works. I hope to use our 2023 Berkshire 45xlt with two bunks and two full bathrooms to allow for a great ‘host’ spot for us to set up camp,” he said. Mike and his family will be staying at White Oaks Cabins & RV, which is some 15 minutes from Big Flat in the secluded town of Fifty Six. The serene property features rivers, caverns, hiking trails and natural forests surrounded by waterfalls.
Other cities in the path of totality include Hot Springs, Little Rock and Jonesboro. There also are more than two dozen Arkansas state parks where you can gaze up to the sky and experience the full eclipse, which also runs through the eastern Ozarks in Missouri and Arkansas. The Ozarks is a region that is known for its rugged terrain, oak-hickory-pine forests and cedar glades, clear meandering rivers and streams, springs, caves and sinkholes. Enjoy lunch and then head outside to experience the full total eclipse around 1:50 p.m.
In Vermont, totality can be experienced from Burlington along Lake Champlain. Montpelier, St. Johnsbury, Hardwick, Newport, St. Albans, Stowe, Waterbury, and Winooski are also in the path of totality. Ski areas in the northern region in the path include Jay Peak, Burke, Smuggler’s Notch, Stowe, Bolton Valley, and Sugarbush. While you are visiting, extend your stay and experience the beauty of this spectacular New England state.
Remember, it’s not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. Regular sunglasses and homemade filters will not protect your eyes. You can explore your options to purchase “eclipse glasses” at camping stores, online or check out the American Astronomical Society for a list of reputable suppliers. LiTRV co-owner Mike Bloomquist also recommends GreatAmericanEclipse.com.
Start planning this exciting celestial adventure now. Call us at 1-800-369-8153 or fill out the form on our home page for a quote on your luxury motorcoach rental.