If you live along the path, don’t
keep totality to yourself! You
can extend “eclipse hospitality”
to your family and friends. Just
invite some folks to stay as overnight house guests on the weekend before, and then over into
that Monday for the eclipse.
Invite family and friends who
live outside the eclipse path. If
you don’t have faraway family,
this can be a great chance to
get together with social media
friends whom you never meet
in person. You can invite people
who live along the path of the
2024 USA eclipse, who can
reciprocate in seven years.
If everyone living along the path
would invite even one guest,
it would double the number of people who could experience
this rare and amazing astronomical spectacle! If you have a
farm or other land, you can invite even more. You could make
some money accommodating overnight eclipse campers. Many
hospitable people along the eclipse path will be listing available
accommodations through AirBnB.com, a travel website especially for hosts to connect directly with guests.
If you don’t live along the path, there are many other options. If
you have family and friends in any of the eclipse states, find out
how close they live to the path of totality. Be proactive about
inviting yourself over for an eclipse visit. Even if they don’t live
directly on the path, it would be easier to leave from their house
close to the path than from your home. It wouldn’t hurt to ask!
Though most official campsites are already booked, adventurous souls can consider “dispersed camping” for free in the
National Forests. There are nineteen National Forests on or
near the path of totality. Be prepared for “primitive camping”
outside of established campgrounds with no amenities (
water, toilets). All garbage must be “packed in and packed out”
in accordance with “leave no trace” principles. But camping
opportunities on public lands are virtually unlimited. Can you
“rough it” for one or two nights? Contact the National Forest of
your choice to learn of any restrictions.
Instead of primitive tent camping, travel to the eclipse in
style in an RV! You can park a recreational vehicle just about
anywhere, and there are RV parks in every state. RV rentals are
not cheap, but offer a safe and comfortable option. Dispersed
camping in the National Forests also includes “boondock”
camping in an RV, with no hookups, which is not primitive at
all. Free camping is allowed for fourteen days in the National
Forests, way long enough for the eclipse weekend.
Many communities along the eclipse path are organizing
eclipse gatherings, and many of these groups provide information on local lodging at least for the evenings before and after
the eclipse. Alternatively, you can travel from your overnight
location to an eclipse gathering, or to anywhere else along the
path of totality.
Wherever you end up on Eclipse Day, it is strongly encouraged
that you have specific arrangements in advance, and that you
travel to your destination at least 24-48 hours prior to Eclipse
Day. Please do not make a hasty, impromptu plan to make a day
trip that day, unless you are in familiar territory, close to your
destination. This is very important to avoid any complications
that might potentially result from high-volume traffic from
other unprepared eclipse travelers.