17 Best US State Parks to See the Solar Eclipse

With the total solar eclipse coming on April 8th, you need the perfect spot to view it. The good news is that the eclipse can…

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With the total solar eclipse coming on April 8th, you need the perfect spot to view it. The good news is that the eclipse can be seen from many states. To fully enjoy the experience, gather your family and friends and head to one of these state parks. 

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1. Acadia National Park (Maine)

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With over 1,100 plant species, Acadia National Park is a haven of nature. While waiting for the solar eclipse, enjoy its green view and crystal-clear ponds, lakes, and streams. The park screams for life, from aquatic animals to birds and other wildlife. 

2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina/Tennessee)

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park houses Clingman’s Dome, an observation deck with a 180-degree panoramic view. It’s the perfect spot, especially if you live in Tennessee or North Carolina. Just follow the Appalachian Trail to reach the 1959 site. 

3. Big Cypress National Preserve (Florida)

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Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve boasts some of the country’s most stunning prairies. Check out the ones near the Tamiami Trail for a quick stroll before the solar eclipse. You can also marvel at the 12-foot alligators in the preserve before and after the viewing.

4. Glacier National Park (Montana)

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Glacier National Park in Montana houses the northern Rocky Mountains, offering a stunning backdrop to the solar eclipse’s partiality. While it’s not part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park after combining with Waterton Lakes National Park, you can access the site from the side of Montana and enjoy the wilderness the park offers. 

5. The City of Rocks National Reserve (Idaho)

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Are you fond of rock climbing? If yes, Idaho’s The City of Rocks National Reserve or the Silent City of Rocks can be a good spot for you this April. In addition to the grounds you can rest on while waiting for the eclipse, you can enjoy the park’s amazing granite rock formations. It’s also a good option for Utah residents since it’s just two miles north of the state’s border. 

6. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

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Congaree National Park in South Carolina is a special spot for those who want to see the eclipse. The park is popular for its ancient hardwood forest, so enjoy the wilderness before the partial solar eclipse starts. Many hikers prefer this park for the peace and solitude it brings. 

7. Arches National Park (Utah)

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Utah’s Arches National Park is proud of its more than 2,000 arches, as recorded at present. For geologists, this park is a goldmine. It features balanced rocks, fins, and pinnacles that rock fans will be blissful to see. All these rock formations look great as the moon covers the sun. 

8. Death Valley National Park (California/Nevada)

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The Death Valley National Park is one of the country’s hottest and driest state parks. Because of this, watching the eclipse from the park will be stunning in terms of the visuals. Before choosing this lark, though, look into the weather forecast for that April day to ensure you’ll be comfortable staying at this location. 

9. Cedar Hill State Park (Texas)

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Texas is one of the luckiest states to witness the coming totality of the solar eclipse this April. Located near Joe Pool Lake, you can take your family and friends for a day out of swimming, paddling, and boating at Cedar Hill State Park while waiting for the magnificent view. With 350 campsites to choose from, you’ll be comfortable looking up at the marvel of the universe.

10. Great Basin National Park (Nevada)

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Great Basin National Park may be one of the least-visited parks in the country, but it has so much to offer. You have to drive through the loneliest road in the country to get there. Once there, you’ll see one of the most stunning night skies—perfect for the solar eclipse. 

Before and after the viewing, you can explore the park’s ancient articles. Hiking trails, limestone caves, and pine trees are abundant. 

11. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

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Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming offers an interesting view of mud pools and bubbling geysers, which makes it a popular destination for many. Driving through Highway 191, you can visit the park and enjoy the site while waiting for the stunning eclipse. 

12. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

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South Dakota’s Badlands National Park features an interesting characteristic that keeps scientists coming back. If you’re also interested in fossils, it’s a good place to check out once you vacation from the solar eclipse viewing. Look forward to the fossils of a 2,000-pound bison and saber-toothed cat. 

13. Alum Creek State Park (Ohio)

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If you’re in Ohio, you’re in for a wonderful view of the eclipse’s totality. Visit Alum Creek State Park and choose between the sunny or wooded areas in its 297 campsites. It has a 3,000-foot beach for swimming and the Aum Creek Reservoir for a day of boating. You won’t get bored as you wait for this amazing natural phenomenon.

14. Olympic National Park (Washington)

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Washington’s Olympic National Park delivers a diverse ecosystem unlike no other. From a rough coastline to a temperate rainforest, it houses every ecosystem you can think of. Schedule some activities in the park before and after the social eclipse viewing to make the most of the day. 

15. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Colorado)

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The Great Sand Dunes National Park takes pride in the tallest dunes in the country. These land formations make a stunning backdrop for the equally stunning view of the solar eclipse. Just walk along Medano Creek and marvel at the beauty that nature is capable of doing. 

16. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)

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Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park ranks among the top options for stargazing with its Dark Sky Park certification. If you choose this state park in the coming eclipse of April, you can make it an overnight trip and get the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. The crown of the eclipse’s partiality will look wonderful on the surface of the park’s 84,000 acres of water.

17. Big Bend National Park (Texas)

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The Big Bend National Park in Texas has four campgrounds that will be perfect for the solar eclipse. The National Park Service manages the first three, including the Chisos Basin, Rio Grange, and Cottonwood. The fourth is the concession campground Rio Grande Village RV Park. All four require a reservation, but they are open to public use.

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