It’s Not Too Late to Plan a Road Trip for the Eclipse

AAA shares travel advice and driver safety tips ahead of April 8
AAA Travel Team

WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2024) - Even though many eclipse enthusiasts have had April 8, 2024 marked on their calendars for years, there are some people who are just now deciding they want to experience this natural phenomenon in person. If this is you, it’s not too late.

Decide which city you want to visit. According to AAA booking data, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio are the most popular cities along the path of totality. Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Buffalo are also top eclipse-viewing destinations. AAA car rental partner Hertz says Dallas is currently seeing six times more reservations than last year at this same time.

Figure out how you will get there and where you will stay. Driving may be your best option, if flights are too expensive or sold out. AAA members get a discount with Hertz, which has increased staffing ahead of the eclipse and repositioned cars to high-demand areas. To save money, stay with family and friends who live nearby. AAA booking data show hotels in the most popular cities along the path of totality are 48% more expensive during the eclipse weekend than they were that same time last year. Reach out to a AAA travel agent or visit Trip Canvas to plan a larger vacation around your eclipse trip.

Determine timing. The eclipse falls on a Monday, so decide which day you want to depart. Many travelers will make a long weekend out of the event. Saturday, April 6 is expected to be a busy travel day. Hertz reports a 3,000% increase over last year in advance bookings for eclipse path cities for that Saturday. Remember, this is also Spring Break for many families, so there will be extra travelers moving about that weekend.

Safety first. Expect heavier than normal traffic before and after the eclipse. AAA recommends:

  • Keep your vehicle’s headlights on.
  • Put the sun visor down to block your view of the sun.
  • Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Don’t try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
  • Don’t pull over to the side of the road, highway, or interstate to view the eclipse.
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians who may be walking around with their eyes on the sky!

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