Language Translation
  Close Menu

Where To Watch and Stay

Women using eclipse glasses to look at sun
Women using eclipse glasses to look at sun

All areas of Indiana will see at least a partial eclipse on April 8, 2024. However, only places within the 115-mile-wide path of totality will see a total solar eclipse. Double-check that the location you plan to watch from is within the path of totality if you want the full total solar eclipse experience.

Plan Ahead

Research ahead of time to find a place to observe the eclipse. Keep in mind the following:

  • Leave pets at home, where they would be safer and more comfortable — especially if pets would be in crowded areas or around other animals and unfamiliar people. They may behave unpredictably.
  • Traffic patterns will be different, as thousands of people will be traveling to and from the path of totality. This includes traffic in rural areas that usually do not have heavy traffic.
  • Make sure that you find a spot with a good view of the sky and double-check that it is located in the path of totality.
  • Weather conditions may prompt many people to change locations on the day of the eclipse.
  • Have backup locations in mind in case your original destination is unavailable.
  • Public facilities may become crowded or unavailable.
  • Some areas may experience difficulties keeping up with consumer demand, such as having enough food and gas, in the short term.
  • Find an area away from roads. Do not stop in the road or park along a road. This can be extremely dangerous, especially on highways and interstates.
  • Do not trespass. Make sure that you have permission to be at a location.
  • Traffic will increase immediately following the eclipse, and it may be gridlocked for hours. Make sure you have plenty of gas and a fully stocked vehicle emergency kit, including a first aid kit, jumper cables, portable phone charger and spare food and water.

If you have a reservation at a state park inn or campsite, or are considering going to a state park property for the eclipse, be sure to visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) eclipse webpages for FAQs and tips.

DNR Tips and FAQs