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Total Solar Eclipse 2024: Experience in the Adirondacks

Being in the direct path of a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Transforming daylight to twilight mid-day and in a matter of minutes, the 2024 total solar eclipse is something that will take your breath away. What better place to witness such an event than in the splendor of the Adirondacks?

Plan your adventure and book your trip to witness the rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse in New York State’s Adirondacks on April 8, 2024.

total solar eclipse

The Path of Totality

The “path of totality” is the specific band of area where an awe-inspiring total eclipse can be witnessed. When the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth it completely blocks all but the sun’s wispy outermost atmosphere or corona. On April 8, 2024 that approximate 110-mile-wide path will arch across the United States, from Texas to Maine, crossing at a diagonal through the Adirondack region. Whether you arrive from the north, south, east or west, the Adirondacks provide a vast preserve of natural space to settle in for the show. 

The next total solar eclipse on the continental U.S. will not occur until 2044.

NYS Eclipse Path of Totality Map

POV: Where to See the Solar Eclipse in the Adirondacks

Towns, ski resorts and other destinations in the Adirondacks are gearing up for the event. View the latest information on events, dedicated public viewing locations and resources offered in the different regions of the Adirondacks that fall on the path of totality.

Adirondack Hub Region

ADK Seaway Region (St. Lawrence Co.)

Adirondack Coast

Hamilton County

Lake Champlain Region

Lake Placid/High Peaks Region

Saranac Lake Region

Tupper Lake Region

Whiteface Region

Adirondack Eclipse Viewing Events

When you are traveling to and from the Path of Totality regions, consider visiting the Lake George RegionAdirondack Frontier and Tug Hill regions.


View from peak over Adirondacks
  • What time will the eclipse begin?

    In the Adirondacks, the eclipse process will begin shortly after 2 p.m. and end at about 4:30 for a total duration of about 2 ½ hours. BUT totality only lasts about four minutes. View I LOVE NY’s information for specific eclipse time frames. 


  • How can I safely view the eclipse?

    There is a short window of time when it is safe to view the eclipse without safety glasses, as described in this NASA blog. Safety glasses are inexpensive and necessary to safely look at the sun during the eclipse process. 

    We also recommend that you: 

    • Arrive at your viewing location well before the total eclipse time.
    • Be aware that walking conditions can be slippery and even icy in shaded or higher elevation locations in the Adirondacks in early April.
    • Stay away from ledges.
  • Where can I stay?

    Begin your search for great places to stay in the Adirondacks here


  • Can I camp?

    New York State will be specially opening a limited number of camping sites for the event. You will need to be equipped for cool weather camping and book your site in advance.

  • Can I go skiing while I’m in the Adirondacks for the eclipse?

    Conditions can vary in early April but the major Adirondack ski resorts are still open at that time and will be hosting special events and viewing opportunities for the eclipse. Many are already booking reservations for viewing the eclipse on scenic skyrides.

  • Can I still enjoy the solar eclipse outside of the path of totality?

    Sure, but you will only see a partial eclipse. The difference is literally like night and day. So plan your trip to the Adirondacks to be sure you don’t miss out

Plan an Eclipse Excursion: Visiting the Adirondacks in April

Because viewing a total solar eclipse is something that doesn’t happen often, we recommend a few nights’ stay to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the celebration and avoid traffic in and out of the Adirondack Park. Many seasonal attractions, such as the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, will be opening for the eclipse. Our charming, historic Adirondack towns will be hopping with special events, dining opportunities and shopping. And while the weather can be cool in April, the air is fresh and the scenic views breathtaking. 

Vista of ADks