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Best Place to See the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in New Hampshire

Learn about traveling to see the eclipse in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

By Jason Barnette | Travel writer and photographer with 15+ years of road tripping experience

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April 8, 2024
April 8, 2024

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse passes over the sparsely populated northern tip of New Hampshire. With winter weather still likely, chances of seeing the eclipse are low, and travel could be difficult. But if you enjoy skiing, cold climates, and the slim chance of seeing something spectacular, New Hampshire could be your destination.

Historically, New Hampshire has a high chance of clouds in early April. Although it’s a month into spring, it won’t feel like it. Daytime highs barely reach the 50s, and overnight lows dip into the lower 30s. Skiing season sometimes continues until about mid-April.

There is only one town in northern New Hampshire with the capacity to handle a large influx for the eclipse. But the centerline of the eclipse passes into Canada, leaving New Hampshire with less than a minute of totality.

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What is the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking the sunlight and casting a shadow on the Earth. As the Earth, Moon, and Sun continue to move, the shadow sweeps across the Earth – called the Path of Totality.

Anyone in the Path of Totality experiences the eerie wonderment of Totality. Totality is the longest on the centerline of the eclipse. And for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, it’s the longest in southwest Texas.

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse is on Monday, April 8. The partial eclipse will last from 2:16 until 4:38 p.m. (EDT). Totality will last less than a minute, beginning at 3:29 p.m. (EDT).

How to Safely View a Total Solar Eclipse

The only time it’s safe to look at the Sun during a total solar eclipse is during Totality, when the Moon completely blocks the sunlight. But it’s critical to wear solar eclipse glasses or use solar filters while looking at the partial eclipse before and after Totality. These specially designed glasses and filters comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard, allowing only 0.0032% of light to pass through.

During the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, the American Astronomical Society found that Amazon was flooded with counterfeit solar eclipse glasses claiming to be compliant. The AAS compiled a list of verified suppliers of safe and compliant solar eclipse glasses to combat the dangerously fake glasses.

All my recommendations for solar eclipse glasses, solar binoculars, and solar telescopes below are made by suppliers verified by the American Astronomical Society.

Here are a few options for certified solar eclipse glasses:

Read More: Solar Eclipse Glasses, Binoculars, and Camera Filters for Safely Viewing a Total Solar Eclipse

How to Choose a Viewing Location

Photographers, scientists, and avid eclipse chasers will flock to southwest Texas to see the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. That’s because they are looking for the slightest chance of clouds, the longest duration of totality, and the easiest travel logistics. Their sole purpose for traveling is to view the eclipse. But they will see nothing if it’s cloudy on Eclipse Day.

That’s why I think you should use the eclipse as an excuse to travel and not just travel for the eclipse.

Instead of choosing a place based on the best eclipse conditions, choose an exciting travel destination that gives you something to do over the preceding weekend.

Here’s what I recommend you consider when choosing a viewing location:

  • Travel destination. Does the place you want to visit have things to do, like local shopping, outdoor recreation, and great places to eat? If the destination has a tourism office, you’ll likely find things to do.
  • Historical cloudiness and weather. AccuWeather says places in southwest Texas have the slightest chance of clouds in early April. The further north along the Path of Totality, the greater the chance of clouds. Places northeast of Illinois have the highest chance of clouds.
  • Duration of Totality. The duration is longest along the Centerline in Texas. However, it’s only a minute shorter – and almost 3.5 minutes long – along the Centerline in Maine.
  • Travel logistics. Fortunately, it’s remarkably easy to travel to almost any place in the Path of Totality.

Read More: How to Plan a Trip to See the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse


Essential Eclipse Articles

Browse these essential eclipse articles to learn more about planning a trip to see the eclipse, solar eclipse glasses and other things to pack, and how to find lodging for the eclipse.

Get ready for the eclipse with details, planning tips, and best places to see the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.
Read this step-by-step guide on how to plan a trip to see the eclipse.
Read this guide on different types of lodging and how to find something for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.
Learn about solar eclipse glasses and other essential things to pack for the total solar eclipse.
Browse an interactive map to find the best places to see the eclipse, airports, and Amtrak stations.
Read the review for the most essential app to have on Eclipse Day.

Map of the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

How to use this map | Click the icon in the top-left corner to open the Map Legend, then click on any of the legend items to display more information. If you have a Google account, click the (very faint) star at the end of the map’s name to save this map to your account, then access the map from your smartphone during your trip.


Best Place to See the Eclipse in New Hampshire

Note About Eclipse Times

Times and durations can vary widely. For precise times while choosing a viewing location, use Xavier Jubier’s Interactive Map. On Eclipse Day, use the Solar Eclipse Timer app for precise times based on your location.

Lancaster, NH

Partial Eclipse: 2:16 to 4:38 p.m. (EDT)
Start of Totality: 3:29:17 p.m. (EDT)
Duration of Totality: 0 minutes 43 seconds

Lancaster will experience less than a minute of totality during the total solar eclipse. Nearby, Mount Washington is the highest point in the state at 6,288 feet. It’s the northern boundary of New Hampshire’s ski resort region, an activity likely to continue until mid-April.


How to Get to the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in New Hampshire

There are no airports, Amtrak stations, or interstate highways in the Path of Totality in New Hampshire. However, Interstate 95 is about 20 miles west of Lancaster in Vermont. This is a remote region of the state to visit, particularly during winter and early spring.

Things to Pack for Eclipse Day

Neatly folding your clothes into packing cubes and grabbing your travel tech bag is a good start to packing for any trip. But packing for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse isn’t like packing for a typical weekend getaway. It’s more like going to an outdoor concert that requires safety equipment.

Here are my suggestions for essential safety gear, chairs, power banks, outdoor games, and apps for seeing a total solar eclipse.

There are only 3 essential things to pack for a solar eclipse:

A quasi-essential thing to pack is a good power bank to keep your smartphone charged throughout the day. Some of these power banks have enough capacity to keep multiple devices charged:

  • The Anker PowerCore III is a versatile power bank for Apple and Android phones. What I love most about this power bank is the wireless 10W Qi charger – simply set a compatible phone on top of the power bank, and it’s charging. There is no need to carry a charging cable. But the power bank also has an 18W USB-C and 15W USB-A port for additional charging options.
  • The Anker Magnetic Battery only works with Apple MagSafe iPhones, but Wired
  • wrote an article about adapting MagSafe products for Android phones. This power bank features a wireless MagSafe charger with an integrated stand – perfect for setting the phone upright to see the timer on Eclipse Day.
  • The Anker Prime 20,000 mAh Power Bank is perfect for charging multiple devices on Eclipse Day. The hefty power bank features two 100W USB-C ports and a 65W USB-A port with a max 200W simultaneous charging capacity.

After packing the essentials for comfort, safety, and power, how about packing a few extra things for entertainment? Take one of these outdoor games for hours of fun while watching the partial eclipse slowly inch across the sky:

Finally, consider downloading some or all these apps that will be extremely useful during Eclipse Day:

  • AccuWeather is my favorite app for tracking weather. The app is typically accurate and easy to use and has some great features you might find useful. Download on iOS or Android.
  • If you insist on capturing eclipse photos with your smartphone, get the Camera+ 2 app. It’s one of the best camera apps, with many features and settings for getting the most out of your smartphone camera. Download on iOS or Android.
  • Google Maps will be invaluable for spotting congested highways and finding alternate routes after watching the eclipse. It’s also a great tool to help you find public transportation to and from your viewing location. Download on iOS or Android.

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