A rare marvel of nature is approaching in 2024. The sun will disappear behind the moon in a total solar eclipse on April 8.
You surely don’t want to miss seeing this performance of cosmic ballet—after all, the next total solar eclipse in the U.S. won’t happen until 2044. But what’s the best place for a motorcyclist to view the eclipse? Here are my Top 10 motorcycle-friendly locations for viewing the 2024 total solar eclipse in the U.S.
Broken Bow, OK
Broken Bow, OK, is a small town in the mountains of Oklahoma with roughly 4,000 residents—and one of the best places to view the eclipse. The cosmic show will begin in Broken Bow at around 12:28 p.m. and end at 3:07 p.m., with totality lasting for nearly five minutes.
You’ve got plenty of things to do in Broken Bow before and after the eclipse, as well. The Talimena Scenic Byway is nearby, and the Historic Route 66 also clips Oklahoma. Hit it on the way in or out.
The Beavers Bend State Park, just minutes from town, is a fantastic location for outdoor activities, from hiking to fishing, canoeing, and everything in between. In town, you’ll find things like bowling and ax throwing, or you could pop into Choctaw Casino Broken Bow to try your luck. You’ll find restaurants for all tastes, with Abendigo’s Grill & Patio as a particular highlight.
Once the eclipsed sun has set, lay your head to rest at Beavers Bend Lodge—or at any of the countless cabins that dot the woods around town.