‘Path of totality’ states prep for tourism boom

About 31 million people across parts of more than a dozen states live within the path.
The 2024 solar eclipse path of totality. (Courtesy of NASA)

A rare total solar eclipse that will traverse the United States next month has state governments in its path preparing for a massive influx of tourists — and the traffic jams they bring along.

For the first time in seven years, the eclipse’s path of totality — the area under which the moon will appear to completely block out the sun — will traverse a significant portion of the country on April 8. That path of totality will cover parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine over the course of about four hours.

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