St. Louis is the perfect pit stop during the 2024 solar eclipse.

Make a Pit Stop in St. Louis During the 2024 Solar Eclipse

Friday March 29, 2024

By Rachel Huffman

On April 8, the last total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. for more than 20 years will pass over southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri.

Stop by the St. Louis Public Library – Central Library to pick up a free pair of solar eclipse glasses and then journey into the path of totality. Drivable cites from St. Louis include:

  • Red Bud, Illinois (approximately 40 miles)
  • Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (approximately 60 miles)
  • Pilot Knob, Missouri (approximately 85 miles)
  • Carbondale, Illinois (approximately 105 miles)
  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri (approximately 110 miles)

If you plan to stay in St. Louis, you’ll still see 99 percent of the total solar eclipse, and we encourage you to experience the celestial spectacle at the Saint Louis Science Center, which will host a celebratory star show.

Before and after the main event, explore the top things to do in and around St. Louis and rest your head at one of our comfortable and convenient accommodations.