An upcoming celestial event is scheduled to occur on October 14, visible in North, Central, and South America, particularly in certain regions like parts of Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. According to NASA, this annular solar eclipse holds significance as it represents a rare occurrence in the United States, with the next visible annular solar eclipse not expected until June 2039. Even then, it will only be visible in Alaska. To help travelers plan for this astronomical event, Travel + Leisure has compiled a list of destinations within the U.S. that offer budget-friendly options for experiencing the October solar eclipse. Their information is based on data provided by Priceline, which highlights average costs for hotels, flights, and rental cars from October 13 to October 16, ensuring that travelers are well-prepared for the upcoming annular solar eclipse.
What is an annular solar eclipse?
According to NASA, an annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth and comes between the sun and our planet. Because the Moon seems smaller from this distance, it doesn’t completely cover the sun, creating a “ring of fire” effect in the sky. NASA cautions that it’s never safe to gaze directly at the sun during an annular eclipse without proper eye protection designed for solar viewing. Alternatively, consider a safer method, using a pinhole projector instead.
Budget Friendly U.S. Destinations for Experiencing October’s Solar Eclipse
One of the cost-effective options featured is Las Vegas, Nevada. As per Travel + Leisure’s data, flights to this destination begin at $215, while hotel rates start at $188 per night, and rental cars are available from $69 per day. Houston, Texas, is another destination highlighted on their list, with flights starting at $233, hotel accommodations beginning at $126 per night, and rental cars priced at $67 per day. Denver, Colorado, also provides an affordable choice for witnessing the annular solar eclipse. Flights to this destination are among the more economical prices, starting at $258. Hotel stays start at $174 per night, and rental cars can be secured at $77 per day.
Other places on their list include New Mexico, Utah, California, and Oregon destinations. Check out the complete list and price breakdown here.