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 Hot Springs Arkansas - Hot Springs National Park One of Only Two Such Parks in U S To Be in Path of Totality for Eclipse 16 August 2022 ( news )

Hot Springs Arkansas - Hot Springs National Park One of Only Two Such Parks in U S To Be in Path of Totality for Eclipse 16 August 2022 ( news )

Hot Springs , state Arkansas
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   Hot Springs National Park , nestled in the heart of Arkansas , is one of only two national parks in America that will be in the “path of totality” for the April 2024 total eclipse of the sun .
   “That’s pretty cool , ” said Bill Solleder , marketing director for Visit Hot Springs . “What better place to view this once - in - a - lifetime phenomenon than a city that has a national park , mountains , hundreds of lodging , camping , RV and short - term rental opportunities , 200 dining establishments , dozens of a......ttractions , three lakes and a citizenry that knows how to treat visitors like celebrities?”
   Visit Hot Springs has been planning for the April 8 , 2024 eclipse since 2020 , when the event’s path across America was made public . Visit Hot Springs received a Henry Award from the state Parks , Heritage and Tourism Department for Solleder’s early recognition of the opportunities presented by the eclipse and VHS’ plans to accommodate the anticipated influx of visitors .
   “The only other national park in the path of totality is Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio , ” Solleder said . “There are 17 other ‘sites’ like historical sites and monuments under the supervision of the National Park Service that will be in the path , but Hot Springs and Cuyahoga Valley are the only full - fledged national parks in the path . Hot Springs is dead center in the path of totality , which is the narrow strip of the country in which the sun will be totally dark . ”
   Ashley N . Weymouth , interpretation programs manager for Hot Springs National Park , said HSNP is excited about the potential for visitors to choose the park to view the eclipse .
   She said , “As visitors start planning their trip , we encourage everyone to become familiar with park rules , to practice eclipse viewing safety , and be prepared for large crowds and heavy traffic . This phenomenal event is sure to be a spectacular sight and an incredible opportunity for all of us in Hot Springs . “
   Solleder said Kim Williams , one of three travel writers with the Arkansas Department of Parks , Heritage and Tourism , will present a program on the 2024 eclipse at the Hotel Hot Springs on August 24 at 2 p . m .
   “Kim’s presentation is free and open to the public , but we plan to present key elements for Hot Springs’ hotel , restaurant and attraction partners , “ he said . “We want all our hospitality partners to be aware of things they should start doing now to accommodate what we believe will be a huge influx of eclipse observers . ”  
   “In 2017 , the last solar eclipse visible from North America , Casper , Wyoming , saw a million people flood into their little town because Casper was in the path of totality , ” Solleder said . “They were completely unprepared to accommodate an influx of that size .
   “We want to be ready for a flood of people who come from all over the world to see the sun disappear completely in the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse . ”
   Solleder said Visit Hot Springs , with creative work by Marisa Rodgers , the agency’s digital media manager , has created a “micro - website” that has a countdown clock and links that can be used to connect with Visit Hot Springs to locate lodging and other information to begin planning for a trip to the city for the eclipse .
   The micro - website is at
   http://www . totaleclipsearkansas . com/
   For more information call Bill Solleder at 501 - 321 - 2027 .
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