On April 8, 2024, the moon will completely cover the sun in parts of Maine for around 3 1/2 minutes in a total solar eclipse. Totality will be visible in parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
However the epicenter for the excitment is in Maine's Aroostook County as the path of totality is directly over Houlton, Maine. The region has planned four days of festivals and activities that are fun for the whole family ranging from live music to Star Parks and viewing areas.
Presque Isle is the largest city in Maine's Arosotook County while Houlton is the county seat. The two towns are 42 miles apart and about a 50 minute drive. The two towns are connected by the worlds secound largest solar system model as the sun is at the Northern Maine Museum of Natural History and the Planet Pluto is near the interstate exit of I95.
Star Parks & Viewing Areas
Viewing areas in Maine's Aroostook County are being designated as "Star Parks". These designated viewing areas have been identified as great spots to view the eclipse and offer safe parking, trash recepticals, and restroom facilities.
A map of the all Star Parks will be made available to the public once they have been identified.
THE END IS HERE: One of Houlton, Maine’s claims to fame is that it is ‘the end of I-95.’ On April 8, 2024, we will boast of another notable ‘ending,’ as the Great American Eclipse finishes its journey across the U.S. and crosses the border into Canada. Smack in the middle of the path of totality, Houlton will experience one of the longest periods of darkness in the state of Maine.
Planning began more than 2 years early for Solar Eclipse 2024, and the community is ready for you to come see what ‘the end’ is all about. We hope that you will join us and maybe you will learn our secret – Houlton is not really ‘the end,’ but the beginning of a new outlook.
Presque Isle is the largest city in Aroostook County, Maine's gigantic, northernmost county. Home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the city’s weather is warm and humid in summer, cold and snowy (and favored by skiers and snowmobilers) in winter.
It is estimated traditional lodging at hotels and motels will be at full occupancy. If a hotel in your destination area does not have vacancy it is suggested that traditional lodging can be found by contacting hotels north of Interstate I95 such as in Caribou, Portage, Washburn, Van Buren, Madawaska and Fort Kent.
It is not likely campgrounds will be widely available.
Viewing Glasses will be available at all State of Maine Visitor Information Centers. It is estimated these will run out quickly and be free to the public.
United Airlines is the only commercial air service to Maine's Aroostook County. They fly into Presque Isle International Airport twice daily with reliable service.
Cyr Bus Lines opperates in northern Maine. Since hubs of events are taking places in the downtown areas of Houlton and Presque Isle it is assumed a person may enjoy travel by bus to the region and walking or meeting friends in the region to enjoy events taking place.
There are many taxi services available in both Houlton and Presque Isle, Maine. It is estimated it could be difficult to rely on taxi services during this large scale event.
Popular rideshare services do opperate in Houlton and Presque Isle, Maine. However there are very few drivers and during this event it is expected to be difficult to rely on.
Passanger rail service does not exist in northern Maine.
Law Enforcement will be taken very seriously. Local police will work collaboratively with State Police and US Customs and Border Patrol to ensure public safety. Traffic delays in the area are expected and large signage will work to spread the flow of traffic safely.
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