During the 2017 eclipse, Greater Cincinnati residents needed to drive about four and a half hours to reach the point of totality, in Cerulean, Kentucky. That drive will be cut down significantly in 2024.
Cincy's closest possible points for the best viewAccording to the eclipse2024.org's interactive map, the path of totality from the eclipse will arch through much of southern and eastern Indiana and through western and northern sections of Ohio.
Local onlookers will have the shortest drive to total darkness when visiting Harrison, Ohio, just 25 minutes from Cincinnati's downtown. Barring bad weather, the full eclipse will last around one minute and 40 seconds in Harrison. (Technically, Blue Jay, Ohio is the closest Cincinnati will get to the total eclipse, but you'll sacrifice a minute of total darkness, which you could get by driving just eight minutes up the road to Harrison).
Closest spot for the path's center line:
If you want even more totality, you’ll need to get further north to the centerline. That will be just north of Shelbyville, Indiana on I-74, about an hour and a half from Cincinnati's downtown. Known as the eclipse's center line, this path offers the most breathtaking corona lasting more than four minutes.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is preparing for the event, saying the department is in the process of planning events to lead up to those four dazzling minutes.
Why you should start planning, like, now
Nebraska boasted a huge stretch of the 2017 path of totality, drawing thousands of visitors aching for a glimpse of the wondrous spectacle, creating a huge boom for the state's economy.
"The eclipse generated 60.6% of the out-of-state visitor trips that weekend; 45% said they're likely to return within seven years," the commission writes.
Hotels and short-term rentals saw some of the biggest boosts.
According to STR, a global research company serving the hospitality industry, hotels in the path of totality reported a 244% increase in revenue per available room on the night before the eclipse. The three days leading up to the eclipse reported an 87% increase.
Booking data for those three days ahead of the eclipse mirrors data that show just how jam-packed roads were on the path to totality.
A 2017 eclipse traffic study published by the Department of Engineering at South Carolina State University said state highway patrols experienced jams along major roadways leading toward top eclipse destinations.
Safety first, vibes secondAnd don't forget, just because you're in the path of totality doesn't mean your eyes are totally safe.
"Looking at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through dark sunglasses or any other unapproved filter is a recipe for serious and potentially permanent eye injury," AAS writes.