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2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Vermont

April 8, 2024

Start planning to view the next solar eclipse in Vermont. Vermont’s location within the 2024 total solar eclipse’s path of totality makes it an ideal place to take in the wonder and spectacle of this natural event. Within New England, Vermont’s comparatively lower levels of light pollution and wide open spaces make for great stargazing, too. While you’re here, discover beautiful geography, local flavors, and a robust culture of outdoor recreation and wellness.

When is the Next Total Solar Eclipse? On April 8, 2024 at 2:14 p.m., a partial solar eclipse will begin, and at 3:26 p.m., a total eclipse will darken Vermont’s daytime sky, lasting about 3 minutes. The phenomenon will continue as a partial eclipse until 4:37 p.m. 

Clear the Way, Stay Another Day: The Vermont Agency of Transportation anticipates heavy traffic as people enter and leave the state to view the eclipse. Staying overnight Monday after the eclipse can help lighten traffic and make for smoother travels. From exploring sugarhouses to sampling at microbreweries and local restaurants, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy extra time in the Green Mountains.
  

WHERE TO SEE THE NEXT SOLAR ECLIPSE

Much of northern Vermont will be within the eclipse’s 70- to 80-mile-wide path of totality, including downtowns, mountain peaks, and valleys.

What to See, Do, and Eat Within Vermont’s Path of Totality

Use these guides, featuring things to do in towns that are within the path of totality, as you plan your visit. From dining to attractions and ideas to expand your trip to include the weekend through Tuesday, these tips will help you fill your plate.

Boardwalk in the summer time

Eclipse Events 2024

With a prime location in the path of totality and a stacked calendar of events for the weekend preceding the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse, Vermont is a great place to plan to see this rare natural phenomenon.

Viewing from State Parks

Vermont State Parks typically do not open until Memorial Day weekend. However, some state parks are opening for viewing the total solar eclipse. Learn more about parking, facilities, and tips for being prepared.

Discover More About Vermont’s Eclipse

As you plan your visit to Vermont for the 2024 total solar eclipse, immerse yourself in stories about this rare natural phenomenon, from the state’s meteorologists and astronomers to guidance about hiking.

How to Safely Observe the Solar Eclipse

Looking directly at the sun can permanently damage your eyes. The only safe way to look at the eclipse is through specially made solar filters, such as those found in eclipse glasses. Read more from Seven Days about how to safely view this rare natural phenomenon.


Leave No Trace on Vermont’s Trail Systems

Considering viewing the solar eclipse from a mountaintop? Wet, muddy spring conditions mean it can be best to leave backcountry areas alone during this time. Here are some ways to be part of protecting Vermont’s natural beauty.

Total Solar Eclipse FAQs:

Where should I stay? If you’re planning to travel to Vermont for the eclipse, reserve your room early. Rooms are filling up early as the April 8, 2024 eclipse approaches. The Stay and Play Directory is a comprehensive resource for vacation planning, from comparing and booking lodging to finding attractions and destinations within Vermont to round out your experience.

Where can I watch the eclipse? You just need a view of the sun to watch the eclipse. Many towns are holding events and viewing areas. Respect private property by staying off non-public grounds, not driving down roads marked “Private,” and turning back when encountering muddy road conditions. Visit our events calendar to choose your spot.

Do I really need eclipse glasses and where can I get them? Yes. Directly viewing the sun with the naked eye can cause permanent retinal damage. Many events will have eclipse glasses for purchase on-site. You can also purchase a set before you arrive. Please visit American Astronomical Society for a list of approved suppliers.  

What will travel be like? The Vermont Agency of Transportation is anticipating heavier traffic than usual during the day of the eclipse and the weekend preceding it. Start your travel early and plan for an increase in traffic and longer drive times. You may want to plan to view the eclipse as close to your lodging as possible. Clear the way by staying another day; extend your Vermont vacation to avoid crowded roads.

Will there be road closures? Burlington has planned road closures which can be found on their event website. Other towns may also close roads at their discretion; please heed all road closure signs and use the Waze app for the most up-to-date information about road closures and traffic. Additional roads may be closed due to muddy conditions. Even vehicles with four wheel drive can get stuck in deep mud, so be prepared to turn around if conditions are bad.

Can I go hiking? Late March and early April is typically referred to as mud season in Vermont, where snowmelt saturates the trails, fields, and dirt roads. Hiking during mud season damages the trails so many are closed this time of year. Any trails that are open will be clearly listed on TrailFinder

Can I camp? State parks and many campgrounds are closed in early April and are not designed for winter use. Some private campgrounds and RV parks may be open and have availability; please use the Stay and Play Directory to browse for options.

Will information be available in other languages than English? Yes. You can find translated information about the 2024 total solar eclipse here. Videos are located here.

What else should I know?
  • Keep your gas tank full. Especially if traveling to remote areas like the Northeast Kingdom, gas stations and interstate exits may be more spread out. Gas stations may still be another few miles down the road from Interstate exits and many have limited hours. 
  • Text VTECLIPSE to 888-777 to receive text alerts regarding weather, traffic, and other notable information on the weekend and day of the eclipse.
  • Vermont Welcome and Information Centers will be open until midnight on April 8, 2024 and many will offer additional portable bathrooms to accommodate eclipse traffic. Please note that while Vermont’s Welcome and Information Centers offer restrooms and Wi-Fi, they are not gas stations and do not offer food for sale other than vending machines. 
  • Plan where to charge your electric vehicle with Drive Electric Vermont’s EV Charging Station Map
  • Vermont’s mountainous landscape and rural areas mean cell service may be limited. Increased cell use due to crowds may also slow network performance. Please download your maps and plan rendezvous points ahead of time. 
  • Pack snacks and water for the road. 

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