The total solar eclipse 2024, on April 8, will enter Texas from the border towns of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, and Eagle Pass, Texas. According to the Great American Eclipse website, Texas has the potential to host 720,000 out-of-state visitors and 13 million Texans live within this eclipse’s path. The eclipse excitement will continue to build as April 2024 nears closer.
It is essential to make your viewing plans and lodging reservations as early as possible. Texas lakes are the undeniably greatest spots for viewing this eclipse. From Eagle Pass at 1:30 p.m., central time, the eclipse will journey in a northeastern pathway. North of San Antonio in Bandera, Austin, Waco, and Dallas are in the viewing path. It leaves Texas through Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the northwestern corner of Louisiana.
In Austin and the Hill Country, Lake Travis, Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, Buchanan Lake, and Inks Lake are in the eclipse path. Between Killeen and Temple, you can check out Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake near Austin. Joe Pool Lake, Mountain Creek Lake, White Rock Lake, Lewisville Lake, Lake Ray Hubbard, and Lavon Lake are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area’s eclipse path.
South and east of Dallas, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Whitney, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Lake Fork are in the path. North of Dallas, you can watch the eclipse at Jim Chapman Lake and at Wright Patman Lake southwest of Texarkana. Lake Belton and Lake Waco near and in Waco, and Canyon Lake north of San Antonio will witness the eclipse. Then there is the Amistad Reservoir north of Eagle Pass.
Where is the Best Place to See the Eclipse in Texas in 2024?
The moon’s shadow speed at Eagle Pass is 1,597 mph, and when it leaves via Texarkana, the shadow’s speed 1,734 mph. The width of the path of the total eclipse is approximately 123.7 miles. The 2024 eclipse path in Texas will have a duration of totality of approximately 4 minutes and 25 seconds anywhere you can see it.
Texas is now predicted as the best place in the U.S. to see this eclipse. As of this writing and according to American Paper Optics, makers of high quality eclipse glasses, clear skies are predicted. They also report that Junction, and Brady, Texas, may offer the best eclipse watching sites because north or west of the totality path has a sunnier climate.
Regional Locations of the Eclipse Path
Europeans who want to visit Texas next April 8th have contacted Texas Outside to ask about accommodations. A significant number of U.S. Americans will visit Texas as well. Junction, Texas, is 114 miles northwest of San Antonio in the southwestern Hill Country. Brady, Texas, is 56 miles north of Junction, Texas, on U.S. Route 377. Junction and Brady are tiny towns and do not offer too many lodging options.
Eagle Pass is in southwestern Texas on the Mexican border. The eclipse path leaves from there to the Texas Hill Country, or Central Texas, and then through North Central Texas. Houston and Dallas are home to international airports. The largest airport is DFW International Airport in Dallas. Other international airports close to the eclipse pathway are the San Antonio International Airport for the Southwest Texas, region, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for Central Texas.
Texas Solar Eclipse FAQ
Where Will the 2024 Solar Eclipse Be Visible in Texas?
Yes, the 2024 solar eclipse will be visible in Texas. The eclipse will enter Eagle Pass and move northeast to Texarkana.
What Cities Are in the Path of Totality in Texas 2024?
Every city in Texas in the eclipse path is listed here: https://eclipse2024.org/eclipse_cities/total/tx
Is Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Path of Totality 2024?
Yes, Fredericksburg, Texas, is in the path of the total eclipse.
Is Dallas in the Path of Totality 2024?
Yes, the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is in the edge of the path of totality. Azle and Denton are not in the path of totality. Frisco and Waxahachie are.
What Time Is the Eclipse Path in Texas 2024?
The total eclipse enters Texas at 1:30 p.m. and leaves Texas at 1:50 p.m. on April 8, 2024.
Where Is the 2024 Eclipse Zone of Totality?
The total solar eclipse crosses the Mountain to Newfoundland time zones in five North American time zones. It makes its first landfall at Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and exits at Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada. It will last one hour and 43 minutes across its pathway in the North American Continent.
Regional List of Eclipse Viewing Lakes in Texas
San Antonio Region
San Antonio is one of Texas’ oldest cities with close ties to Mexico’s culture. Its world renowned River Walk district is exciting day and night. San Antonio is advertising eclipse viewing at the River Walk, but the River Walk is not in the eclipse’s path of totality. You only have to drive a few miles north of San Antonio to see the total eclipse.
Austin/Hill Country Region
Austin, the Capitol of Texas, lies in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, or Central Texas. The Hill Country region is one of Texas’ shining stars and the river tubing capital of Texas with loads of caves to explore. Austin is one of the most eclectic cities in Texas and full of arts culture and museums, plus music fills the air in its nightclub districts.
Dallas/Fort Worth Region (DFW)
Dallas sports the cosmopolitan aura while Fort Worth opens the gateway to West Texas. The North Central Texas region boasts so many lakes and lodging options that eclipse visitors will find something that suits their needs, but visitors to the area still need to confirm their reservations early. Tourist attractions abound in both cities and their suburbs. Entertainment of all kinds thrives all over the DFW metroplex.