Erie, Pa. will be in the excellently named path of totality during the April 2024 solar eclipse.
This is great news for Pittsburghers, who will only have to travel roughly two hours to see the total eclipse.
The bad news — if you’re extremely hyped *right* *now* — is you can’t book a hotel quite yet.
The Incline’s calls to the Courtyard Erie Bayfront, Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and Downton Erie Hotel yielded the same answer: You can only book a room about a year in advance.
VisitErie’s Christine Temple warned us when we asked about interest in 2024: “To be honest I’m pretty sure the hotels here won’t book that far in advance.”
“We actually just found out that Erie will be in a good path for the next eclipse, so, no, we haven’t had any requests for rooms,” she added via email.
According to “Mr. Eclipse” Fred Espenak of EclipseWise.com and formerly of NASA, the 2024 eclipse will begin in Erie on April 8 at 3:16 p.m. ET with a maximum eclipse visible two minutes later.
With this in mind, you’ll have to mark April 2023 on your calendar to book a hotel room. Or, you could just stay in Pittsburgh, where the sun will be 97 percent obscured by the moon.